Have you ever asked, What is happening to my cookies?” after you pulled them out of the oven and they are flat? Why did the edges burn and the middle isn’t cooked? Ugh! What is going on here?
There are several factors that could affect the shape and color of your cookies. One of the factors might be your cookie sheet. I am not an expert on cookie sheets, however, I have learned a thing or two the hard way. Maybe I can spare you the frustration of baking flat, underdone, and cookies that have crispy bottoms because I already made that mistake for you!
Color matters! There are different colors and shades from silver, grey to black and shades in between. So which one do I use? Consider your purpose.What do you wish to achieve?
- Dark cookie sheets absorb and radiate more heat. Cookies tend to brown quickly on the bottom and edges leaving the middle under-cooked. Think of being in the sun and wearing black shirt. The black shirt absorbs and radiates the heat to your skin. Soon your whole body feels hot. Dark cookie sheets act the same way. The dark sheet heats up and radiates the heat which causes the bottoms and edges of baked goods to brown faster than the centers.
- Dark sheets are great for pizza, crispy potato wedges and roasting veggies.
- Light colored sheets spread the heat more evenly which ensures that the bottoms and edges don’t brown too quickly before the rest of the area is finished baking.
- Light sheets are great for cookies and cakes
So, what do I do if the recipe calls for a dark pan and I only have light ones or the other way around? There are a few tricks that will work for you, that I learned along the way.
- If you need a light pan, but you only have a dark one, drop the oven temp by 25 degrees F or so. Every oven is different, so you will need to experiment a bit to find the right temperature for your baked goods.
- Use a silcone baking mat on dark sheets. The silcone mat will help to minimize the browning of your baked goods.
- If you have a light pan and the recipe requires a dark one, increase your oven temperature by about 25 degrees F. This will help your baked goods or veggies brown faster.
Just remember, color matters in baking!
Happy Baking! 🙂