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Thread: oops! used baking powder instead of baking soda--question

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    oops! used baking powder instead of baking soda--question

    I accidentally added baking powder to my cookie dough yesterday instead of baking soda. I didn't realize it until the dough was all mixed and going into the fridge to chill and I was putting away everything (I have my baking soda & powder in Tupperware containers--yes, clearly labeled but I guess I was distracted). Will my cookies still be ok or will I need to start from scratch? I know I should know the answer but am short on time right now to do a websearch.

    TIA for your help!

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    "You can substitute baking powder in place of baking soda (you'll need more baking powder and it may affect the taste), but you can't use baking soda when a recipe calls for baking powder."

    http://chemistry.about.com/cs/foodch...f/blbaking.htm

    I'd start over if it were me, but if you go ahead, let us know what the effect is!

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    I'd definitely cook them...the texture will be different, but you probably won't notice a taste difference at all. They may rise a bit higher and then fall.

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    Thanks for the replies. I did go ahead and bake them up last night. They did not turn out like normal (obviously) as they did not flatten out like they usually do. I was making chewy gingersnaps and they are also a bit drier than usual but still edible IMO. I will have DH try one today and see if they are ok to serve otherwise. Thanks again for the input!

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    I just did exactly the same thing, but with rolled sugar cookies. My pregnant brain is making me crazy. I just baked and tested one batch and they taste completely fine. I did find that they spread more than usual but all in all, no harm done. I'll be more careful next time!

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