Can I substitute regular butter for unsalted butter?

Some of my cookie recipes call for UNsalted Butter.  What is the difference between the UNsalted butter and the regular Butter, other than the salt.  Can they be substituted for one another?

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gmatootsie

Asked by gmatootsie at 11:15 PM on Oct. 30, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • no...it will make the food to salty!
    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 11:15 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • in baking it is generally not a good idea. Baking is like chemistry. The added salt in the butter can screw up the recipe if there is things like baking soda or baking powder.

    in regular cooking though you can :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:16 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • yes you can. Just don't add the extra salt that the recipe calls for.
    mrseum

    Answer by mrseum at 11:18 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • You can certainly use salted butter, but you will need to decrease or omit any other salt called for in the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, and 1/4 tsp of salt, then omit the salt and use regular butter. It will work fine, I've done it a million times.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 12:38 AM on Oct. 31, 2008

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  • I always use salted butter and it never alters the taste of any foods I bake. Go ahead.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 AM on Nov. 1, 2008

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