We bake a lot of cookies in our house. The primary cookie is, of course, chocolate chip - and I make a really, really good one, full of lots of different types of chocolate and chunks of dark chocolate along with, oddly enough, sea salt. They are so, so good. I also make a cookie that features raisins soaked in rum, mixed with cranberries and walnuts - more of an adult flavor than for children. My oldest daughter loves the no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and my youngest daughter loves it when I make chocolate cookies with chunked up peanut butter cups.
We eat a lot of cookies here.
One thing that I really, really hate about making cookies - other than the fact that we go through them so quickly! - is the clean up involved. Using the mixer and measuring cups isn't so bad, as they can be popped into the dishwasher, but the baking stones that I bake on can't go into the dishwasher - which means that before I can enjoy those yummy cookies I have to clean up those pans. If I don't, and I leave them for the next day, the cookie reside becomes like cement.
What's a girl to do? Parchment paper to the rescue!
I discovered, quite by accident, that if I line the baking sheets with a piece of parchment paper, that the cookies virtually slip off the pans and the clean up is minimal. As in, none. Simply allow the cookies to cool and slip them off, and then toss the paper.
It takes the hardest part of baking cookies out the equation. And makes the best part even easier - the EATING part.