Butter vs. margarine... what do you think?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
November 26, 2008 8:54pm CST
I always use margaine - have for years. But is there really a big enough difference to compensate for the cost of the butter? Does it make the cookies roll or slice better? What does every one think? Do you or don't you use butter and why?
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
28 Nov 08
Well I tend to use margarine except for when I just want a slice of bread with butter and for when I make butter cookies. That is the only time that I do prefer butter, for all the rest I don't really see a huge difference or reason to use butter over margarine.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I always use margaine in my cookies and athey are always great - buy I always try to do better, and thought maybe the butter instead of margarine in especially my sugar cookie cut outs - see if the butter would make them even better!!!
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
29 Nov 08
Well I always got so used to use the butter for those cookies only that to be honest I don't know if it really makes a difference or not LOL
• United States
29 Nov 08
In my house, we've started using butter instead of margarine. Began this last year, before that we got the whipped tubs. I think we use less butter/margarine when we use sticks instead of scooping up the soft spread stuff. However, I also prefer the creaminess of butter. Does it really make a difference? I couldn't tell you.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Thanks to everyone thoughts. I am going to try sugar cookies today with butter instead of margarine. That way if they are good, I have my "trial" done for christmas cookies! If not so good, I'll go back to margaine which I know is good!
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
28 Nov 08
I like butter in desserts but prefer margarine in "real food". For making hot cocoa drink for example, I prefer to use butter because I can't get margarine to melt enough and when I get left overs and have to freeze them for a while, the margarine curds then I'd have to boil it again instead of popping it in the microwave - if I used butter, I can. Thanks for commenting in my discussion!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I hadn't realized that could be aproblem but I see what you are saying! I don't use margarine much, but I was mainly concerned as to the difference in cookies - mine are great wtih margarine but I bought some butter this week and will try it in my cookies and see if it makes a difference.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I use butter. Some of the margarines they make now are possibly healthier than the original ones, and they certainly taste better than they used to. In fact, SmartBalance with Omega 3 tastes wonderful to me and we have started using it at the table for some kinds of things, not that it is any cheaper than butter. But for baking, in my view, it must be butter, and I'll cut corners somewhere else.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I use the Shedd's crock soemthing or another - I always compare the fats and such and buy the least - I love butter but one, can't handle the calories and 2 it is to expensive! But for cookies - I think I'll cut out on something else and get the butter!
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
Actually margarine is just a substitute for butter, when i bake i use butter for cookies and cakes it just makes it more delicious, you can really taste the difference... but if you would use margarine you can too it is the cheaper but i just don't like how to comes out..
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I know it is a sub, but if mine taste this great with margarine, I think I'll give butter a try! CAn only get better!
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I don't know about the slicing better. But I think butter gives the cookies a better taste. That is just my opinion. But I think once in a while it would be worth the extra cost.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Better tasting - that's my thinking. This is hte first year I have been able to "splurge" on butter instead of margarine since I bake so much in the past! This year, I am choosing 4 receipes and halving each one and that is our dessert!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I normally use butter flavored Crisco in my cookies. I think it makes then stay softer longer than butter or margarine. I use real butter for everything else though. I do not even buy margarine anymore.
• Philippines
29 Nov 08
I use butte because my husband like the taste better, and the things i cook seems to come out better when i use it .. but I also use margarine once in a while
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I use margarine because is is cheaper and it's spreads when cold. I have switched to 0 trans fat types. I use butter in baking when I am concerned about how my cookies will look (margarine makes them runny and therefore flatter) like at the holidays.
• United States
29 Nov 08
I have heard that margarine was better for so long a time; but then recently and I couldn't tell you where that now they are saying butter is better.. Myself, I like Margarine because it's spreadable.