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Substitute For Butter In Peach Cobbler

Substitute For Butter In Peach Cobbler

If you are making peach cobbler but you’re all out of butter, no need to worry. There are a number of great substitutes you can use instead of butter to make a delicious peach cobbler.

Each of these substitutes will provide a slightly different flavor than you would get with butter, but the results are still fantastic!

Plus, you will find butter alternatives that are dairy free and that contain dairy. So no matter what type of replacement you are looking for, we have you covered.

So what are the best butter substitutes for making peach cobbler?

The top butter alternatives you can use to make peach cobbler are shortening, ghee, margarine, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil.

Make sure to read on for how to use each of these ingredients in your particular recipe.

Butter Alternatives for Baking Peach Cobbler

fresh baked peach cobbler on plate

Butter adds a lot to baked goods, and it is called for in peach cobbler to provide texture and structure to your crust.

It also adds a rich flavor that compliments the sweetness of the peach filling. This means that when substituting for butter, we need to use an ingredient that provides similar flavor and texture.

Each of the following ingredients will allow you to make a delicious crust for your peach cobbler. While I love using butter in my cobbler, these alternatives will give you a wonderful tasting crust.


shortening on parchment paper

Shortening, and Crisco, are a classic ingredient to use instead of butter when baking peach cobbler. Shortening is a great way to make a crust that pairs wonderfully with your peach filling.

The flavor is less rich than when butter is used, but many find that the flavor compliments the sweetness even better than butter.

In fact, there are many chefs who make their cobbler exclusively with shortening. You can use regular Crisco or butter flavored, either way you will get great results.

Related: Substitute for shortening in pie crust


1 tablespoon of shortening equals 1 tablespoon of butter


bowl of ghee or clarified butter

Ghee, or clarified butter, is one of my new favorites for making homemade baked goods. And it is a great way to replace butter when making peach cobbler.

It has a deeper flavor than regular butter, and it makes a great tasting crust. I find the rich flavor of ghee to be a great compliment to the sweet ingredients in cobbler filling.

Related: Ghee alternatives


1 tablespoon of ghee equals 1 tablespoon of butter


bowls with margarine flour and eggs

Margarine is quite similar to shortening and it also is a great option for replacing butter. It produces a great crust texture and the subtle flavor pairs wonderfully with peach.

I don’t bake with margarine often, but growing up it was used by my grandmother frequently. And she made an amazing peach cobbler, so I won’t argue with her results.


1 tablespoon of margarine equals 1 tablespoon of butter

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil poured into a bowl

I got this substitute from a friend who loves baking with olive oil. She swears by swapping butter with it, and it does work decently well when making peach cobbler.

I find the flavor a little strong, but it doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the cobbler. But it is a great dairy free and vegan friendly option if you have it on hand.

Related: Olive oil replacements


3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil equals 1/4 cup of butter

Coconut Oil

clear jar of coconut oil

Coconut oil is another vegan friendly and dairy free butter replacement you can use in peach cobbler. It produces a flaky crust with a subtle note of coconut.

I find the flavor pairs well with peach, and the texture is quite good too. Go with organic, virgin or extra virgin coconut oil if possible.

Related: Coconut oil substitutions


3 tablespoons of coconut oil equals 1/4 cup of butter

Bottom Line

bowls with peach cobbled topped with  vanilla ice cream

While many peach cobbler recipes say you need to use butter to create a delicious crust, there are in fact a number of great alternatives you can use instead.

These butter substitutions will produce a great tasting crust with a flavor that compliments your peach filling.