Of the large arsenal of baking tools at a cook's disposal, parchment paper is both one of the most versatile and the simplest to use. It is useful to prevent any type of cake, cookie or candy from sticking to the pan. Though it is generally more expensive than a can of non-stick cooking spray, it is also neater than spray (or any other kind of grease, for that matter) and often reusable with no adverse effect.
Line your baking pan with parchment paper. Put cookie dough on top.
Bake cookies as usual. After taking them off the parchment paper, check the paper for any burns, crumbs or baked-on scum.
If the paper is clean, use it to line another pan. Put cookie dough on top and bake as usual again.
Tips & Warnings
- Clean and undamaged parchment paper can go through the oven for six or more batches of cookies.
- Most parchment paper is only oven safe up to approximately 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After, it will turn brown and may begin to smoke. Do not reuse burnt parchment paper.
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