Crisco Alternative

I posted a recipe for sugar cookies a while back that requires Crisco shortening. A friend who doesn’t allow any partially hydrogenated fats into her diet wrote me a note and asked if there was an alternative. I did about 30 seconds of research on the internet and found the Spectrum Organic All-Vegetable Shortening made with palm oil. Little did I know, it had been sitting right in the health food aisle at my grocery store where I shop all the time. I used it in another cookie recipe recently and didn’t even notice the difference. Next on my list is to try it in the pie dough I make that calls for shortening. I’m not extremely hyper about not eating hydrogenated fats because I don’t do it all that often. Once you educate yourself a little bit on the matter though, you’ll see why it makes sense to get as much of it out of your diet as possible. You can go here to read an interesting short article on the negative effects of having these types of fats in your diet. There are also links below that explain the ingredients in Spectrum and Crisco.

Here is a break-down between the two:

Organic Spectrum



Serving Size 1 Tbsp.

110 Calories/12g Fat Per Serving

Saturated Fat 6g

Trans Fat 0

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 5g

Ingredients: Mechanically Pressed Organic Palm Oil

Cost of the 24oz tub of Spectrum Organic All- Vegetable Shortening: $6.49

Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening


Fully Hydrogenated Palm and Partially Hydrogenated Soy

Serving Size 1 Tbsp.

110 Calories/12g Fat Per Serving

Saturated Fat 3g

Trans Fat 0

Polyunsaturated Fat 6g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g

Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm and Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, TBHQ, and Citric Acid.

Cost of the 16oz Tub of Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening: $3.59

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