Best baking sheets

What are the best baking sheets to use?

Honestly, the best baking sheets for me are the simple and inexpensive Nordic Ware. These are found at Walmart. Member’s Mark at Sam’s Club I use as well. I see no difference at all between these two brands. Both bake identically and feel and look the same.

These baking sheets are heavy-duty, commercial-grade aluminum. Therefore, do not warp. They bake my sugar cookies evenly.

If you are wondering if they will fit in your oven and on bread racks, they do! You will want to pick up the ½ sheet size. The full sheets are too long.

The ½ sheets will comfortably hold up to 15, 3” cookies.

My best baking sheets are NordicWare.NordicWare baking sheets come in three sizes

They must be good sugar cookie sheets. They have tens of thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon alone!

Don't take my word for it though. See for yourself what the eight best baking sheets of 2022 are, I'm pleased to share: Best of 2022

I’m not saying that these are the very best baking sheets on the market, though perhaps they are. But for someone just starting a sugar cookie business, or a conservative (that’s me 😊), I don’t know why you would want anything else.

There is just one caveat, however.

I prefer to use parchment paper with these.

Not only does parchment allow for easy clean-up, but it also helps the cookies bake evenly, either of these pans can leave a minimal amount of aluminum residue when washing them.

As long as the sugar cookies are protected from that, I’m okay with them with parchment between the pans and cookies.

On best baking sheets…a few of my experiences

As first a professional cake decorator, I bought Fat Daddio pans. I fell in love with them. I still won’t consider using any other brand for my cakes.

Since I was so happy with them, I ordered a couple of the anodized Fat Daddio ones for my sugar cookies, thinking these would be the best baking sheets.

This image shows two of Fat Daddio baking sheetsFat Daddio baking anodized sheets

Heavy duty? Check.

Non-warping? Check.

Big? Check.

Why was I disappointed?

Because I was used to the cheaper pans that did not turn the bottoms of my baked sugar cookies brown.

No matter the tweaking on the oven temperature and time baking the cookies, they left me with less than perfect results, including doughy middles at times.

I also did not like that there are no sides except one side having the ‘handle’ part. Though this was my fault because I knew that but didn't think ahead.

I invested $60 with shipping for the two baking sheets at the time, so I was not thrilled.

I tried another name brand for $30, Pampered Chef. It was quite small with no sides. I still was not happy.

I tried another expensive brand for $40 a sheet but again, it left the cookies with a brown bottom (and not smooth on their bottoms).

At that point, I gave up. I now stick with my trusted Nordic Ware and Member’s Mark which I've used for years.

My favorite and best baking sheets for cookies are NordicWare (from Walmart) or Member's Mark (from Sam's Club).

Will I ever switch from my best baking sheets?

I do see now that Fat Daddio has heavy-duty aluminum baking sheets with sides, ½ sheet size. These are not anodized (but neither are the store brands I bought).

What does anodized mean?

In simple terms, it means the pans have been put through a process to cover them so the aluminum does not corrode, making the pans very durable, therefore usually the cost is more.

They will need to be hand-washed as well. Anodized also means they are non-stick.

That's why I love them to bake cakes and cupcakes in!

I do think the company is very good. I’m willing to test those. I just placed an order for one through Michael’s for $16.99 with $6.95 shipping. That's a  pretty decent price. I will write a professional review for you later.

It would be great to not see any aluminum residue when I wash them.

For right now though, the best baking sheets I have tried and used are the Walmart and Sam’s store brands.

Hope that helps!

Now back to How to Make Professional Cookies

So tell me, what brand do you use and what makes them your favorite?

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