Baking Sheets

Basically, a baking sheet is a flat, rectangular metal pan that is used in your oven. It can be used for baking bread rolls, pastries and other flat food such as cookies, sheet cakes and pizzas.  That’s a rather clinical description and baking sheets (also called cookie sheets) are often overlooked by bakers until they realize that they really need a good set of baking sheets.

When you are ready to buy baking sheets you need to keep in mind what these sheets are going to go through.  In other words, are they going to be able to handle heat of up to 500 degrees and not warp?  We beat the daylights out of our baking sheets but sometimes we try to save a few bucks, buy a cheap sheet and end up with a warped piece of useless junk.

The other option to baking sheets are roasting pans but they both are better used for their defined purposes.  A roasting pan is great for roasting meats, meals that may need to be in the oven for hours and benefit from being lifted up off of the pan surface.  Baking sheets are meant to be uses for shorter cooking times and for food preparation that doesn’t require a high edge to keep juices in the pan.

Most baking sheets are made from one of two materials: aluminum or stainless steel.  Both handle heat well and distribute it evenly.  Both are easy to roll into pan-shapes and will stay in that shape even after repeated uses.  You can make your baking life even easier by using either parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  Both keep food from sticking and make clean up easier.

Our Recommendations

Nordic Ware Aluminum Baking Sheet Set (2 sheets)

Nordic Ware Aluminum Baking Sheets

Heavy duty, durable and great at high temperatures, these baking sheets from Nordic Ware will last for years.  They are a standard sheet size and have a 1″ lip, also standard.  While aluminum (brushed) shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher these pans clean very easily.  A great value.

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Rachael Ray 3 Piece Steel Baking Sheet Set

Rachael Ray baking sheets

This nice set of 3 baking sheets by Rachael Ray has a great non-stick finish and silicone grips on the handles.  The grips make removing the sheets from the oven much easier, you will love the grip.  Made from steel and very strong.

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3 Piece Baking Sheet Set With Rack And Silicone Mat

3 piece baking sheet set

This is a perfect set, it includes as full size baking sheet, a wire cooling rack and a Silmat silicone baking mat.  Everything you need to make a batch of cookies now.  The baking pan is aluminum with a rolled rim that helps prevent warping.  Silmat is one of the best silicone mats on the market.

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There are many other options for baking sheets but you will like any of the three I have recommended.  All are personal favorites and in my kitchen.