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Can I use nonstick baking spray instead of parchment paper?

Parchment paper is expensive. If a recipe tells me to line my baking pan with parchment paper, can I use nonstick baking spray instead?
Submitted by kayla.b.craig

You’re right—parchment paper is an expensive product. Although parchment makes it easy to remove cookies and other baked goods from baking sheets and almost eliminates cleanup, the product is a luxury. For most kinds of cookies and baked goods, nonstick cooking spray is a great inexpensive alternative.

Save parchment for delicate cookies, such as macaroons, meringues, and     thin cutout cookies, where its perfectly nonstick surface will help eliminate breakage.

And when you do choose to use parchment paper, remember that it can be used more than once. It can be used as many as three times; although it becomes a bit brown, it still does its job, even when used repeatedly.

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For most cases, I prefer the silicone baking mat as a substitute for parchment paper. I think it's re-usability is worth investing on since you can use it for more than 2000 times to line your sheet for only about $15.. This is the brand I use: http://www.amazon.com/Amozel-Nonstick-Silicone-Baking-Cookies/dp/B00GOMDZZK/ I've been using it for a year already and I never had problems with it.
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