How to Make Sugar Cookies Without Baking Powder


Sugar cookie recipes often call for baking powder, which produces a soft, light consistency in these types of treats. However, if baking powder is scarce, it's simple to whip up a substitute from baking soda, cream of tartar and cornstarch. A combination of these three ingredients mimics the leavening agents in baking powder that allow baked goods to rise. This baking powder substitute measures the same as traditional baking powder. Just use it as the recipe directs.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar
  • Cornstarch
  • Small airtight jar with a lid
  • Sugar cookie recipe
  • Sugar cookie ingredients
  • Wash and dry a small, airtight jar thoroughly.

  • Put 2 tbsp. baking soda, 4 tbsp. cream of tartar and 2 tbsp. cornstarch into the jar, and store it in a cool, dry place to prevent clumping.

  • Follow the sugar cookie recipe of your choice. When the recipe calls for baking powder, use an equivalent amount of your baking powder substitute.

  • Bake the first batch of cookies. If the cookies aren't puffy enough, add a small pinch of baking powder substitute to the dough and mix it completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, use fresh baking soda and cream of tartar. Using baking soda and cream of tartar that is more than six months old can produce flat, dense sugar cookies.

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