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 having one of the best cookie sheets on hand. Use one with tall sides, a thin sheet that's warped or one that's too shiny, and your cookies won't bake evenly. Use a darkly colored sheet pan, and you may wind up with a burnt dessert. Thankfully, we know just which types to avoid and which ones to buy: and where to find them.
What are the best cookie sheets?
The main two types of cookie, or baking sheets: rimmed and rimless.
Rimmed cookie sheets with low sides act as a guard that will prevent your cookies from sliding right off the tray. They can also be used for baking other foods.
Non-rimmed sheets, by contrast, are largely 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 may 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 quickl, and is highly durable. Betty Crocker reports that 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 ($11.95, 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, since ceramic can break, and steel needs to be regularly oiled and washed. Other 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) that will allow your cookies room to spread out as they heat up.
Whatever type you're searching for, we’ve found eight of the best picks on the market to suit all your cookie-making needs. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best cookie sheets.
We write about products we think our readers will like. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the supplier.