Baking & Storage Tips
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Baking & Storage Tips
Icings & Frostings
- To avoid lumps, use softened, room-temperature butter or cream cheese and room-temperature milk or cream.
- If your frosting gets lumpy, try adding a little melted chocolate or cocoa butter to smooth things out.
- If your frosting gets too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk or non-dairy milk to reach your preferred consistency.
- Traditional frostings and icings that call for confectioners or powdered sugar can be overwhelmingly sweet—the same will be true if you replace that sugar with Swerve. We recommend cutting the amount in half. For example, if the recipe calls for 4 cups of confectioners or powdered sugar, use 1 1/2 cups of Confectioners Swerve, or sweeten to taste. You can always add more if it isn’t sweet enough!
Cakes & Cookies
- An extra tablespoon or two of butter or oil can improve results when baking traditional flour-based cakes. This typically doesn’t apply to almond-flour based recipes.
- When baking a cake, pie or brownies, cover with aluminum foil about halfway through the suggested baking time. For example, if a carrot cake needs to bake for 50 minutes, cover the cake after 30 minutes and finish baking. This prevents the outside crust from becoming too firm or overcooking.
- If you prefer a thinner, flatter cookie, it can help to pre-flatten the cookie dough ball with your palm, on the cookie sheet. This works well for chocolate chip cookies.
- Additionally, if you prefer a chewier chocolate chip cookie and your recipe calls for two eggs, use one egg instead. It can also help to add a little milk to your wet ingredients.
Custards, Curds, Jams, and Jellies
- Swerve Confectioners is the best choice for custards, curds, mousses, jams, or jellies, since it delivers the smoothest consistency.
- If you’re adding Swerve to melted chocolate, whisk in one tablespoon at a time. If it thickens too much, add a few teaspoons of oil to help thin it out.
- Store Swerve in your refrigerator or freezer to keep any lumps from forming.
- We recognize that every once in a while you may experience a “cooling effect” or feel like you “chewed a piece of refreshing, minty gum” when consuming Swerve. Here are some tips to minimize this cooling sensation:
- Use enough fat in the recipe. Combining Swerve with ingredients like butter, heavy cream, or oils creates a rich mouthfeel that reduces the cooling effect. A good ratio to start with is 1/2 cup Swerve to 1 cup butter.
- Bake or dissolve Swerve with other recipe ingredients.
- Use the smallest amount of Swerve possible to get to your desired level of sweetness.
- Avoid sprinkling Swerve on top of a baked good or rolling cookies in Swerve.
- Try Swerve in cold-temperature recipes, such as cheesecake, ice creams, or puddings.
- Erythritol, the main ingredient in Swerve, can have the tendency to recrystallize back to its granulated texture when exposed to colder temperatures. If you want a smooth, creamy texture, Swerve, Confectioners style is the best option. We developed this video that helps to explain when to use Confectioners. You can also eat the dessert the same day it was made, before it has the chance to recrystallize.