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    Default Substitute for coconut oil in this recipe?

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    Trying to make Australian cookies before our Family Event tomorrow (Pumpkin Runner). I chose an easy dessert recipe but did not read through it before I went to the store. Can anyone help? I have only the oil that is not solid. Do I need to go back out?

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    Honestly, 99% of the time I can substitute coconut oil for butter or butter for coconut oil. With a son allergic to dairy, I usually do the other switch, but I'd go ahead and try it.
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    Copha is just like shortening except it's generally made from animal fat. It comes in the butter department in a solid brick like the 1lb blocks of butter. I'd suggest shortening in it's place, which will give the shine. Copha is used in the "topping" chocolate usually because it gives a shine vs a dull appearance to the finished product
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    Thank you both!!!

    I have shortening for sure. Need to check on butter.
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    Kendra - do you substitute one to one?
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    Yes.

    According to the label I read today it's made from coconut oil Ha, which surprised me because it does NOT get soft when sitting on the counter. Anyway, here's a picture of what it looks like

    copha.jpeg

    It's just a white block of shortening, you can see the ingredient label here if you're curious. FWIW, I've never seen shortening on the shelf for sale here so I've either imported it or used coconut oil in it's stead because Copha is a tad pricey to use.
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    Thank you!

    I made two batches - one with shortening and one with coconut oil. Both worked, but the one with coconut oil tasted better. It needed the sweetness added by that oil to make it really good I think. The second batch I'm adding some extra powdered sugar to make it taste a bit better.
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