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Picking the Perfect Baking Sheet

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Macaroons, chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, snickerdoodle, and white chocolate macadamian nut. No matter what the flavor, cookies are a delicious part of the holidays.

Did you know that all baking sheets are not created equal?  I learned this the hard way while baking a few batches of my Christmas oatmeal cookies last week. I had one batch in the oven on a non-stick cookie sheet, and another waiting to go in on an insulated cookie sheet. To my surprise, I liked the results I got from the insulated baking sheet much better! The cookies were softer and chewier - as all good oatmeal cookies should be.

I even put the two versions up to a taste test with the best taste tester there is - my son. He choose the ones baked on the insulated sheet too.

In all there are a few different kinds of baking sheets that all serve a different purpose for your baking needs. Take a look and decide which one is best for you.


Aluminum cookie sheets conduct heat quickly and provide an evenly heated cooking surface. Everything cooks at the same rate and the result is uniformity in cookie shape and size. Also, aluminum does not rust, so care for this sheet is easy. Even if you put it away a little wet, you'll be okay. The same cannot be said for the cookie sheets below.


Steel cookie sheets are more expensive than aluminum cookie sheets and that is because they are much, much sturdier. They also tend to last a lot longer. Some may need special care to ensure they stay seasoned. Cookie results are much like those baked on aluminum.


An insulated baking sheet is formed with two sheets of metal, leaving a space in between for a barrier of air. Cookies take a little longer to bake on an insulated sheet, which means that you will have less browning and an overall softer, chewier cookie.

Non-stick pans

Non-stick pans usually produce crispy, crunchy cookies because they are good at repelling water, even through the baking process. You can get a light finish or a dark finish. Lighter finishes produce lighter cookies. Dark finishes produce darker cookies. Nothing sticks, and you don't need to grease the pans before use. It's a great convenience to have during busy baking times.

Moms, what cookie baking tips can you share?

by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Shoot, new aluminum cookie sheets are a bit on the expensive side.  I'm going to have to watch for sales!  Now I'm obsessed with wanting new cookies sheets. lol

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I like using parchment paper. 

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I use air bake sheets for the most part. I have a couple of other ones but they are in bad shape.

I have also learned that parchment paper is my new best friend. I've always had some in the cupboard but never used it. This year we used it while baking rolled out sugar cookies that were decorated prior to going in the oven and it made clean up SO EASY!!

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I definitely need tips! I seem to ruin all my baking sheets!

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I just buy regular ones and I use my sil pats all the time if I don't want things to stick :)

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM


Quoting lasombrs:

i bake on my pizza stone never tastes like pizza almost never sticks either and cooks great!

by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Quoting mrswillie:

Always wait for the oven to preheat

That is important.  I never used to worry about it, but since moving to this house, I've found that I have to wait for the oven to be at the right temp.  Not sure if its the oven or that I'm now doing gluten free baking (which I basically started doing when I moved into this house).  But an oven at the right temp is key!

by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I like my insulated cookie sheets and am considering getting another one.

by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

We need new pans also lol

Quoting .Angelica.:

I just follow the recipes exactly. LOL and we need new pans and stuff so i'm no help there either.

by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

i dont bake often but i like the reynolds parchment paper

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