This may be a silly question but can you substitute butter/margarine with Olive Oil when baking? I just want to make Chocolate Chip Cookies and I only have one stick of butter and I need 2 sticks. I'm almost 8 months pregnant so I really don't want to drive to the store just to get butter because it's a bit snowy outside. So if anyone can help me I'd appreciate it! Thank you so much!
Well, honestly I wouldn't use olive oil for sweets, its flavour is much more suited for savoury dishes, and I am not sure if it goes well with sweet recipe. The best substitute for butter in baking would be lard, but if you don't have this either, the best bet would be just make half batch, by reducing all the ingredients to 50%.
I usually buy plenty of butter for this reason. Or if you happen to have some whipping cream or heavy whipping cream and don't mind a little arm work you can always make more butter. I did that last time I ran out and the store was closed.