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Good Housekeeping Best Baking Sheets

Elaine Sutton
• Monday, 17 January, 2022
• 9 min read

Cake and cookies came out evenly browned and had a fine texture with few air pockets, and broccoli also came out nice and consistently crisp. We like that the set comes with two round cakes pans so you can easily make a tiered cake, a cover for the rectangular baking pan so goodies can be stored or transported easily, and a rack that can be used for cooling, roasting, or as a trivet.

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This Chicago Metallic set can't be beat for its performance, ease of use, and price. It earned perfect scores in our tests for performance, and was just shy of a perfect score for ease of use since the pans lack handles. We love the sharp corners and straight sides that produce professional-looking cakes, brownies, and bars.

In terms of performance, the only difference was that the cookies took a little longer to bake than the manufacturer's instructions. Since these grips also make the pans nonslip, keep in mind they might be a little difficult to take out of the oven.

They performed very well across baking and roasting tests, but be warned that broccoli caused some staining and the pan required some elbow grease to clean. The pans feature a wavy, textured pattern, which, according to the brand, allows for more airflow and even baking.

During our tests, this set stood out for ease of use and would be a great addition to any baker's kitchen. The baking sheet trays in this set are ideal for home chefs.

Included with this set are two handy quarter sheet trays (which offer the same quality of the half sheet tray, but are easy to clean in your sink and can also be easily placed in the dishwasher), a half-sheet pan, two jelly roll pans, a cookie sheet, and a pizza pan for any culinary task. The bottom of each pan is textured to increase airflow for even cooking, and in our tests, cookies baked perfectly on the half sheet tray, and although the pan was a little hard to clean by hand, it produced good crispy veggies.

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Nicole Papantoniou, GoodHousekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the GoodHousekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

We may earn commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we back. Whether your kitchen turns into a bakery at this time of year or you're a novice baker who's going to be making cookies form store bought slice-and-bake dough, now's the time to think about investing in some new cookie pans.

The right pans can mean the difference between crisp yet, tender, perfectly browned goodies and doughy, tough, and/or burnt-on-the-bottom ones. Here at the GoodHousekeeping Research Institute we use Wilton aluminum cookie sheets.

As they're made of uncoated aluminum, they do require hand washing to maintain their shiny finish. In that case, look for ones that are light silver as opposed to dark, almost black in color.

Be sure to see our feature on Celebrity Chefs' Christmas Treats & Traditions for great cookie recipes from Martha Stewart, Ina Garden, and Bobby Flay. Of course our test kitchen has developed lots of recipes for every kind of Christmas cookie imaginable.

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For other tips on getting good results, see our slide show on how to bake perfect cookies. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

Enter my MVP of food prep for a crowd: the sheet pan. The Good Stuff is a place where GoodHousekeeping editors share the things they love, so you can shop smarter.

Heavy weight is key as you’ll want to crank the oven for some of your snacks, and you don’t want the pan to warp. In our testing in the GoodHousekeeping Institute, we also found that lighter color pans cook more evenly.

This two pack from Nordic Ware, a made-in-the-USA fave, meets all my requirements: light colored finish, commercial grade aluminum and reinforced steel rim to prevent warping. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet Nordic Ware amazon.company chef or avid home cook you talk to will recommend this Nordic Ware sheet. It's beloved for its consistently even heating, low price, and long lifespan.

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Holy Sweetmeat Jonesgreatjonesgoods.common only will this cobalt blue cookie sheet look beautiful in your kitchen, it's insanely great quality. Airbase Nonstick Cookie Sheet Good Cook amazon.console prefer cooking with rimless cookie sheets to allow for easier air flow inside your oven.

If you've invested in some quality oven mitts, this sheet's Micro-Dome technology claims to “decrease bake times by up to 15 percent.” This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

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Usually sold in a roll, alongside the aluminum foil and plastic wrap at most grocery stores, parchment paper makes a wonderful liner for bakeware, cookie sheets, and roasting pans. Using parchment paper to bake cookies can save time and energy.

When the batch is done baking, simply slide the parchment paper with cooked cookies off the cookie sheet and onto a wire rack (you may need to let the cookies cool slightly before transferring them from the parchment paper directly onto the rack to cool completely). This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.

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After narrowing the field based on online reviews, articles published by other sites and the recommendations of our favorite bundt-obsessed pro bakers, we assembled a lineup of five promising pans to test. Originally conceived as a lightweight, modern alternative to the heavy cast iron cookware traditionally used to make the central European cake called kugelhopf, the pan's basic design was simple: a round tube-shaped loaf with a hollow center and a decorative, fluted pattern around the body.

To hone in on the best bunt pan, I scoured the web, taking notes from culinary and consumer sites including King Arthur Flour, Food 52, Cooks Illustrated, Fine Cooking, The Sweet home, and the Kitchen, as well as user reviews on Amazon and conversations on forums like Real Baking with Rose Levy Barnum. I also went straight to the experts, interviewing Matt Lewis and Renato Polarity, the authors of Baked Explorations, Baked Occasions, and self-described “bunt enthusiasts” who put dozens of bunt pans to the test day in and day out at their bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Every model I tested except one produced an evenly browned cake with a tender crumb, and released from the pan without incident. Nordic Ware is the company responsible for introducing the bunt pan to America and, more than half a century later, their products are still the baker's gold standard.

With a sturdy cast aluminum body that was taller and narrower than its competitors, and deeply defined curves and ridges, the Nordic Ware bunt pan I tested produced a cake that was elegant and shapely, with clean lines and eye-catching architectural edges. I loved how easy the generous handles made maneuvering the pan into and out of the oven, and was glad to have something to grip when it came time to turn the cake out onto a cooling rack.

And though, at $30, it is considerably pricier than the other models, it comes with a lifetime guarantee and, given its superior performance, feels worth every penny. Ultimately I had to agree with Matt Lewis and Renato Polarity, who put it this way: “Nordic Ware pans are just special.

I was impressed by the even golden color of the bake in this simple, inexpensive pan, and appreciated the durability and reliability of the nonstick surface. Also: aside from the Nordic Ware pan, this was the only other model to produced a cake with decent height and somewhat well-defined fluting.

I enjoyed the feel of the soft, easy grip handles on this sturdy pan, and was pleased by the consistency and depth of color of the cake it produced. Our favorite was easy to use and produced a cake that was elegant and shapely, with clean lines and eye-catching architectural edges.

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But I was unimpressed by the lackluster looks of the under-defined decorative curves and ridges, especially considering that such features are one of the defining hallmarks of the bunt cake form.

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