Cookie Pan Preparation
Begin with a properly prepared cookie pan and you will have success baking your cookies every time.
You must start with a quality cookie pan or sheet in order to bake perfect cookies and treats. There are many good baking finishes available such as non-stick, aluminum and insulated aluminum pans. Use pans with extra-thick aluminum since they heat evenly for perfectly baked cookie and treats. Make sure to select a durable pan that will not warp, rust or chip during repeated use.
Before first and after each use, wash pan in warm soapy water; rinse and thoroughly dry with a soft towel. Follow recipe or label instructions for pan preparation. Some recipes call for the pan to be prepared by generously or lightly greasing the inside. This should be done using a pastry brush or paper towel and solid vegetable shortening. For best results, do not use butter, margarine, or liquid vegetable oil. You also can use a non-stick spray or cake release to treat pans. You can make your own Pan Release out of ingredients that you normally have on hand and it will be available anytime you decide to bake. Other great alternatives are parchment paper and silicone baking mats. Both are freezer, refrigerator and microwave safe. Baking mats are oven safe to 500°F and parchment paper is oven safe to 400°F.