For some of us, picking a cookie sheet is as simple as reaching into the cupboard and using whichever one we grab first.
But if you're not paying attention, that cookie sheet could cause your next batch to turn out too brown on the bottom or bake your cookies unevenly. (Maybe you've been using a baking sheet the whole time without knowing the difference.)
If you've been experiencing cookie baking problems lately, use our guide below to choose a new cookie sheet that will help you avoid problems when you bake your next batch of tasty dough.
Are the cookie sheets in your cupboard up to par? (Hint: They need to have these three characteristics.) If not, it's time to go shopping and make sure your new ones do:
Tip: Even if you have nonstick cookie sheets, lining them with parchment paper is always a good idea. It makes cookie removal and cleanup much easier. Having a sheet on the counter lets you prep faster—scoop extra batches onto it while the sheet is still in the oven then slide it on when the first batch is done.
Although it's handy to know what to look for when you're buying cookie sheets, it can also be helpful to know what to avoid. Here are a few features to steer clear of when you're looking at different types of cookie sheets: