Is it safe to substitute Coffee Creamer for Half and Half to make fluffy biscuits?

Is it safe to substitute Coffee Creamer for Half and Half to make fluffy biscuits?

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  1. Well, it won’t kill you. You’re going to have to play with sugar amounts and baking times because you’ve changed the kind of fats, and I have no idea what oven temps will do to the artificial flavors in flavored creamers.

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  2. Partly yes, you can safely substitute coffee creamer for half and half but you need to know of the proportions to use. I will discuss the powder variety as this is the type I’m familiar with.
    Coffee creamer’s core ingredients are vegetable oils, and that these oils are ‘coated’ in a powder carrier of maltodextrin aided with phosphate emulsifiers. The oils comprise about 37% in the creamer whereas the butterfat in half and half is around 15%. Use this a fat/oil ratio of 5:2 with creamer and half and half in your recipe.
    Coffee creamer doesn’t provide the buttery taste though and it may even divert the flavor of your biscuits to a different direction as vegetable oils (such as coconut, palm or corn) have stronger aroma when subjected to heat. And it has much carbohydrates (per maltodextrin) that would probably render for a harder biscuit.
    If you really need to you can, otherwise – don’t substitute.

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  3. Is it safe? Yeah, sure. There’s nothing in there that’s going to explode or turn poisonous or anything.
    Is it going to work? Well, it might brown more quickly than you expect, due to added sugars, so it might burn. The mix of fats will probably not work as well as cream, but it might just make the biscuit a bit flat or crumbly; it probably won’t fail outright. (I assume you’re talking about the liquid creamer, rather than powdered stuff, which could throw the liquid ratio off.)
    I’d be afraid that it will be too strongly flavored, since it’s pretty potent stuff, and I think the flavor combination sounds weird, but if it works for you, go for it. (I take it you mean Bailey’s flavored creamer. Bailey’s itself might also work, since there’s a fair bit of cream in it, but also a lot of sugar, and the alcohol is going to do god-knows-what to the glutens in the biscuit.)

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