- Is there a substitute for the peanut butter in the Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies?
Yes, certainly, you can use almond or cashew butter!
- Do you have a recipe for sugar-free sugar cookies?
You can always substitute sugar for natural sweeteners like honey or artificial sweeteners.
- Is there a substitute for cardamom instead of using a vanilla bean?
You could easily substitute in cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice for the cardamom.
- What is the substitute for a baking chocolate bar when using HERSHEY'S Cocoa with butter?
To substitute for unsweetened baking chocolate, use 3 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 tablespoon of shortening.
- Can I use Caramel HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates on Peanut Butter Blossoms rather than the Milk Chocolate ones?
Yes! Of course! You can use any flavor of HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates on top of Peanut Butter Blossoms.
- Is it possible to substitute lowfat/fat-free cream cheese in any recipe?
Yes, you can swap it out in any recipe with similar results. However, when one of the recipe’s main ingredients is full-fat cream cheese and you swap it out for lowfat, you may miss the creaminess that comes from the full-fat ingredient. If you are only using a few tablespoons of cream cheese, it is no big deal to swap it out, but when making something like cream cheese frosting, you will want to stick to the real stuff!
- In baking chocolate brownies, I use 1 package of HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips. If I melt the chips and pour them into the brownie mixture instead of adding the chips, what effect will it have?
By melting the chocolate and pouring it into the batter, you will create a brownie with a denser, richer crumb. For an ultimate brownie, add melted chocolate and then throw in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for added texture and chocolaty goodness.
- What is the conversion for using cocoa in place of semisweet baking chocolate? I know for unsweetened it’s 3 tablespoons cocoa and 1 tablespoon oil for 1 square—I just can't remember how much sugar.
I use 3 tablespoons of sugar. However, HERSHEY’S says you can use a combination of 6 tablespoons of HERSHEY'S Cocoa, 7 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup of shortening.
- What is a substitute for brown sugar?
In baking, substituting sugars will work, but you should expect a difference in flavor. 1 cup of granulated sugar can be substituted for a cup of brown sugar. Or, for results more similar to the taste of brown sugar, combine 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of molasses and 1 cup of white sugar.
- What can I substitute for shortening?
You can use butter in place of shortening when a recipe calls for it, but the recipe may spread more when baking. Be sure the dough is cold before baking and think about doing a half-butter/half-shortening substitution instead of a full one.
- Can you substitute Crisco or margarine for shortening?
In a pinch, you can substitute margarine for shortening. For every 1 cup of shortening in the recipe, you can swap in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of margarine. Be sure to use a pinch less salt in the recipe when substituting margarine for shortening.
- My family has made the HERSHEY’S Rich Cocoa Fudge recipe for years. However, now that I'm trying it, I cannot get it to turn out. While it is cooling to lukewarm temperature in the pan, it gets really hard like taffy. Do you have any tips to help?
Fudge is ever so tricky and often you need to make a recipe many times before you start to intuitively know when to heat, remove from heat or stir.
Are you letting the temperature get above 234 degrees? The fudge will start to enter into a harder boil stage when you creep toward 250 degrees. Or, are you turning the heat too high to rush to 234 degrees? If so, it will cook the mixture too quickly.
Be sure to use the soft ball/cold water test that the recipe suggests. That will tell you if the mixture is just right. It's also very important to not stir the fudge while you wait for it to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Fudge must cool slowly, and any agitation can speed the cooling, so do not disturb the mixture AT ALL while it is cooling to lukewarm.
- Where can I find vanilla bean paste?
Vanilla bean paste can be found online or in specialty food stores. If you can't find it in a store, you can always use a substitute—simply combine pure vanilla with natural vanilla bean seeds in paste form. 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste equals 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.