It's true, not all cookie sheets are created equally (and they're not all interchangeable). If you've had a batch of cookies turn out dark on the bottom or spread too far, your cookie sheet could be the culprit. Our advice will help you pick the best cookie sheet and use it so that every batch turns out perfectly.
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.
What to Look For in Cookie Sheets
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:
- Stick with Light: Use cookie sheets that are a light to medium color. (Don't go too dark.) Don't worry about shiny and nonstick surfaces, they won't affect your results.
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.
What to Avoid in Cookie Sheets
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:
- Don't Go Dark: Avoid this because they tend to result in overbrowned cookie bottoms.