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The Best Cookie Sheets for Guaranteed Baking Success

Bake your best batch yet.


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There’s nothing quite like the delectable scent of warm cookies that lingers for hours after baking up a fresh batch. But even amateur bakers know that cookie baking success — or failure! — is highly dependent on the equipment you have on hand. Cookie sheets with too-tall sides, a thin sheet that’s warped, or a sheet that’s too shiny could cause your cookies to burn or bake unevenly. Thankfully, we know just which types to avoid and which ones to buy: and where to find them. 

What are the best cookie sheets? 

There are main two main types of cookie sheets: rimmed and rimless. Rimmed cookie sheets have low sides to keep your cookies from sliding right off the tray. Even better, you can use them to bake other foods. Non-rimmed sheets are flat, allowing you to effortlessly slide cookies off the pan and onto a serving dish. They are typically preferred, as a cookie sheet with high rimmed sides can prevent cookies from baking evenly, according to Betty Crocker

Both of these cookie sheet types are usually made from aluminum. Not only is this material economical, it heats up and cools down quickly and is highly durable. Aluminum is also a top pick for cookie sheets due to its dull finish, which promotes even baking and prevents overbrowning. Using a silicone baking mat ($12.95, Amazon) or baking parchment paper ($13.95, Amazon) with your aluminum cookie tray can help it stay in the best condition for longer and make it much easier to clean, too. 

Cookie sheets also come in ceramic and steel, but these items require a little more care to maintain. Ceramic can break, and steel needs to be regularly oiled and washed. Other common cookie sheet features include nonstick coating that keep cookies from sticking to surfaces. When it comes to size, Betty Crocker recommends choosing a large cookie sheet (at least 15 x 12 inches). This allows your cookies room to spread out as they heat up.

Whatever type you’re searching for, one (or more!) of the following choices is sure to suit all your cookie-making needs. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best cookie sheets.

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