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Everyone loves a good cookie, am I right? But getting the perfectly baked cookie can sometimes be a challenge and the results inconsistent.
When I first started baking cookies (way back when), I used silicone baking liners to bake all of my cookies; I swore by them actually, but even using those, my cookies didn’t always turn out the way I wanted. I found that to be super frustrating.
So, I went searching for more information.
I read up on different types of cookie sheets, all sorts of baking liners, tips about batter consistency and temperature, and of course, using parchment paper to line baking sheets.
Over the next several weeks, I did a few test batches of cookies on different types of pans, with liners, and without and what I found was that my cookies baked up the best when I used regular old parchment paper.
I had a lightbulb moment! I did some more reading on parchment paper and found that it’s a pretty amazing baking tool that I had neglected!
Here are 5 reasons why parchment paper is the best for cookies:
- Parchment paper helps cookies keep their shape while baking by reducing spreading.
- Parchment paper is nonstick.
- Parchment paper can be made to fit any size pan – big or small.
- Parchment paper ensures the perfect crispy cookie edges by absorbing excess fat.
- And of course, parchment paper makes cleanup (and maintaining spotless cookie sheets) super easy!
I find that parchment paper is almost always the best choice when baking most cookies, but there are times a silicone baking mat would be a better option. For things that are really sticky, like pralines or hard candy, or for really thin crispy cookies like brandy snaps, you’d probably want to reach for a silicone mat.
Other than those few exceptions, parchment paper is the most consistent and convenient way to bake perfect cookies. That’s right, I’m saying it loud and proud, parchment paper is the best for cookies!
This is the parchment paper I use in my own kitchen.
Discussion time – let’s talk about it! What do you think, do you use parchment paper or baking liners? Leave a comment below or join the She Bakes Cookies Facebook group to connect with other cookie lovers!