Substitute for Crisco

If you like to bake, or even if you don’t but you find yourself in the kitchen more than you’d like to admit, then you’ve most likely run into Crisco from time to time. Crisco is considered a shortening, which is a solid fat that comes from an animal or plant source. When it comes to baking, shortening is typically used with pastries, biscuits and pie crusts because the shortening makes them flaky. Despite the fact that shortening helps contribute to the creation of delicious desserts, it’s not necessarily the greatest thing for you to put into your body. If you like to bake, but you’ve decided to start looking for alternatives to using Crisco, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to discover some great alternatives for Crisco and some even better recipes to go along with them!

Crisco Alternative

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil actually makes a great substitute for Crisco, but only if the recipe calls for shortening in melted form, like for frying. People typically prefer olive oil over vegetable oil, but olive oil doesn’t necessarily go well with baked goods. When substituting vegetable oil for shortening, you’ll want to use one cup of oil for every one cup of shortening. Check out this recipe for a delicious pie crust that contains absolutely no shortening in it:

No-Roll Pie Crust Recipe

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

⅜ baking powder

7 tablespoons vegetable oil

¼ cup of cold water

  1. Using a whisk, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. Whisk together the oil and water, then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients.
  3. Using a fork, stir the dough until it is evenly moistened.
  4. Pat the dough across the bottom and the sides of the pie pan. Use a flat-bottomed glass to help smooth the bottom.
  5. Crimp the edges or flatten with a fork.
  6. Fill the crust as desired and bake.

Oatmeal Whoopie Pie


3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups packed soft light brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups quick-cooking oats

2 tsp baking soda

3 tbs boiling water

1 large egg white

1 tbs vanilla extract

2 tbs milk

2 cups icing sugar, sifted

¼ cup of vegetable oil

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets and set them to the side.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until they’re fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs.
  4. Using a different bowl, sift together the salt, baking powder, and the flour. Beat this into a creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in the oats and the cinnamon. 
  6. Mix everything together as well as you can. 
  7. Stir the baking soda and the boiled water together. Stir into the rest of the batter and mix well.
    9. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the baking sheet at least two inches apart.
  8. Bake in the oven until the cookies are firm and just starting to turn golden-brown. This should take in between 10 to 15 minutes. 
  9. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets.
  10. Combine the egg white, vanilla, milk, and one cup of the icing sugar. Cream them together well. 
  11. Add the remaining icing sugar and the shortening. Beat them together until they’re smooth.
  12. Spread one tablespoon of the filling on the bottom of one cookie and top it with the other cookie. Repeat until all cookies have been used. 


Applesauce is also one of the most commonly used substitutes for shortening, but only in a recipe that requires baking. If you decide to use applesauce, you’ll replace one cup of shortening for ½ cup of applesauce.

Healthy Banana Bread

¼ cup apple sauce

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 ripe bananas (mashed)

2 cups AP flour

¼ teaspoon salt

½ chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Cream the shortening and the sugar.
  2. Mix in the eggs and then the bananas.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together. Add into the creamed mixture. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes.

Spicy Applesauce Cake
2 ¼ cups applesauce

1 ½ cups sugar

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking cocoa

1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1 tablespoon cloves

1 cup raisins

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped walnuts

2 tablespoons brown sugar

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the applesauce, sugar, and eggs.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Slowly beat into the applesauce mixture until everything has been blended together.
  3. Stir in the raisins, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 13×9-inch baking pan. 
  5. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-50 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most effective, healthy substitutes for shortening. When using coconut oil instead of shortening, you’ll want to use a 1:1 ratio. This means that if the recipe calls for one tablespoon of shortening, you’ll use one tablespoon coconut oil. 

Hippie Crispy Treats

½ cup maple syrup
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup almond butter
½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate

2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil

¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

4 cups crisp rice cereal

2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil

½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate

¼ cup toasted sliced almonds

¼ teaspoon flaky salt

  1. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large saucepan, bring the maple syrup and the rice syrup to a rolling boil for one minute. Make sure to stir frequently using a wooden spoon. DO NOT allow it to boil over. 
  3. Remove the syrups from the heat and stir in the almond butter, ½ cup chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, and ¼ teaspoon fine salt until everything is smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. 
  4. Fold in the rice cereal. Pack the mixture firmly and evenly into the lined pan. 
  5. Using a small saucepan, melt the rest of the chocolate and two tablespoons coconut oil together over low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted. Make sure that you don’t burn the chocolate. 
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the rice mixture and spread it until it’s smooth.  Sprinkle the nuts and flaky salt over the top.
  7. Allow the bars to sit at room temperature to cool down. This should take about two hours. You could also put them into the refrigerator for one hour to cool down. 

Whole Wheat Caramelized Blueberry Muffins

1 ⅓ cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ salt

1 large egg

⅓ cup packed brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup large banana, mashed

¼ cup Greek yogurt

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

½ cup buttermilk

1 ½ tablespoon organic honey

2 cups blueberries (extra for topping)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place liners in a muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Using a saucepan on high heat, boil the blueberries and honey. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Take them off of the heat when some of the blueberries have burst and caramelized. Drain the blueberries and allow them to cool while you make the batter.
  3. Using a small bowl, whisk together the baking powder, salt, and flour. 
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until they’re smooth.
  5. Add in the Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and buttermilk. Whisk until they are combined.
  6. Stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla until mixed. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients and mix until they’re combined. 
  7. Gently fold in the blueberries. If you’re too rough then all of the blueberries will burst, so make sure that you’re careful with this step. 
  8. Divide the batter between 12-14 muffin tins. Fill all the way with batter and top with 2-3 fresh blueberries. 
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 for another 10-15 minutes longer. You’ll want to bake until the edges are light brown. 
  10. Cool before serving and enjoy!

As you can see, there are plenty of great substitutes for Crisco shortening. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to shortening, then you should try one of these delicious recipes to see how easy it is to substitute for Crisco. Try out the applesauce recipe and impress your family with your amazing cooking skills, but make sure to keep the applesauce a secret until the very end. Your family will be surprised that it tastes sinfully good, but is absolutely guilt-free!