Types of Creams

There are many different types of creams that are called for in cookie recipes. While the names may be confusing, the key is to understand the percent of milkfat. As long as you are not actually whipping the cream, you can often substitute lower-fat creams if you wish to do so for dietary reasons or you can’t find the cream that is called for.

Types of Cream
Type Butterfat Content Uses
Half and Half Cream 10-12% milkfat A mixture of half milk and half cream, typically used as a cream in coffee. Half-and-half does not whip, but it can be used in place of heavy cream in many recipes where cream is called for.
Single Cream 18% minimum milkfat In the United Kingdom, Single Cream is a low fat-content cream, which does not thicken when beaten. Used in sauces and poured over puddings. Also know as light cream.
Light Cream 20% fat (range 18-30%) Light cream can contain anywhere from 18-30 percent milk fat, most commonly 20 percent. Light cream will whip if it contains 30% butterfat. Also know as single cream.
Light Whipping Cream orWhipping Cream 30% Whipped cream is made by whisking or mixing air into cream with more than 30% fat, to turn the liquid cream into a soft solid. Light whipping cream works well for toppings and fillings.Almost all whipping cream is ultra-pasteurized, a process of heating that considerably extends its shelf life by killing bacteria and enzymes. You can find organic creams at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Heavy Cream
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Heavy Whipping Cream
36 to 38% This cream whips denser than whipping cream. Whips up well and holds its shape. Double cream and whipping cream are interchangeable in most recipes.
Double Cream 48% Double cream is the British term for heavy or whipping cream in the United States, but it contains about 10% more (48%) butterfat.
Clotted Cream 55 to 60% Also know as Devonshire or Devon Cream. It is a thick cream, with a very high fat content (a minimum of 55%, but an average of 64%). Despite its popularity, virtually none is exported due to it having a very short shelf life. Traditionally served with scones in the UK.How to make a Devonshire Cream