Intro: The Great and Epic Butter Battle
Step 1: The Battle (Experiment)
On to the epic battle:
Now being from New England I will be making the best chocolate chip cookie ever "Nestle Toll House" Massachusetts state cookie. Nobody has yet to make a copy of this recipe as it is on the back of every Nestle semi-sweet Morsels bag (this is very convent). So i don't need to post it. Look at the pictures if you don't want to by the chips. The only change I will be making is I'm not adding the nuts. This is a cost saving move an should not effect the results.
Each recipe will have a different fat source: Butter, Margarine, Oil Spread 53% and 70%.
Step 2: Land O Lakes
Land O Lakes is margarine and is not required to say it has 80% fat its a given (government requirement)
All cookies were cooked for 10 min at 375o
good rise, nicely browned around the edge.
Step 3: Price Right
This was some what a surprise. I originally thought that this was the problem because this came from a new store and i never tried this brand before but on the label its 70% vegetable oil.
You can see the cookies are starting to puddle out around the edge. They were a little dryer and stuck to the cookie sheet slightly.
Step 4: Imperial
I bought this brand because the label said "Good for Baking" Not! Keep in mind I'm not out to promote any brand or bad mouth them only to make good cookies through science.
The label said 53% oil
The Cookies puddled out, stuck to the cookie sheet and were very crunchy. (Note: This did not stop people from eating them.)
Step 5: Butter
This was the control real butter.
Fluffy, No puddling, More browning than Margarine, No sticking
Step 6: The Results
Well there you have it. Bottom line read the package you want Butter or Margarine not Oil Spread for good cookies. The only difference between the Margarine and butter was the browning but i could have cooked the Margarine ones longer or used a darker baking sheet. I will think twice before grabbing the cheapest sticks in the case at the supper market. i will note that Land-0-lakes was the same price as butter and that as the oil percent goes down the cheeper the sticks. (after all your paying for water)