How Do I Use Coconut Oil When Baking?

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Q: I want to start using coconut oil in some gluten-free baking but cannot find specific instructions. Can you confirm that when a recipe calls for 1/4 cup coconut oil, it means melted to liquid form? Also, is there a good method for liquefying the coconut oil?

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Editor: Since coconut oil is such a relatively new ingredient to our kitchens, it can get a bit confusing how it's meant to be used if the recipe doesn't specify. In general, if just "1/4 cup coconut oil" is listed in a recipe, it's meant to be used as a solid. Melted coconut oil should be listed as "1/4 cup coconut oil, melted." Not every recipe will follow this guideline, though, so it's good to read through the recipe for context clues about what the recipe writer intended. Also, I usually melt coconut oil in 10 second bursts in the microwave.

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