Ok, I am coming to the experts! I love making cut out cookies until I have to get them off the cookie sheet. They always end up breaking on me because they stick. I have waited a little for them to cool before I take them off... BREAK! I try to let them cool all the way.... BREAK! Is there something I can spray on the cookie sheet that will help them to release from the pan without breaking? Something to line the pan with?
Or is there a certain kind of cookie sheet everyone uses that their cookies come off so easily?
I am all ears!
Parchment paper or silicone baking mats are the best bet.
Check out this how-to article I wrote. In the photos, you'll see what I use (Silpat baking mats). They are sooo easy to use and reusable over and over and over for years. (Saves tons of $ on parchment paper and much nicer for the environment!)
antonia has the best idea. I have some old teflon coated cookie sheets that are my favorites (can't find new ones like them anywhere) and I use them first. Then I use the silpat on top of a non-coated sheet...it's great for doing mini-cookies, as they bake nicely without getting too brown.
this can also happen if you cut the cookies too thin. Try cutting them thicker as well. Maybe try another recipe as well. I use a Wilton recipe very close to NFSC and never have a breaking issue and I do not use parchment. I also freeze my cookies before I bake them (as in Antonia's tutorial.) Maybe that helps as well?
Definitely parchment or Silpat. Did you know you can wash parchment and reuse it? Not sure if it's a no-no in a commercial kitchen, but before I found a box of 3500 sheets for thirty bucks, I would get 20-30 uses from one sheet of parchment!
I am so with the parchment paper Works well for me.
I use parchment paper, then slide the entire sheet to the cooling grid. When the cookies are completely cooled then I lift them from the parchement paper.
I thought I was the worst cookie maker in the world. I mean I couldn't even get them off the pan! and then....VIOLA I found parchment paper.....now I'm baking with the best of them Can't wait to be able to try a sil-pat though.....but for now, a little sheet of parchment is a god-send
Thanks everyone! I will definitely try them both!! See.... I knew I should ask the experts!
Just adding my vote for parchment paper. never bake cookies without it.
I have never tryed parchment paper before but I am going to on my next batch of cookies. WHat I do is leave on cookie sheet for exactly one minute and then scoop off with spatula and I haven't had any problems. Too long- will make the cookies hard, too short- the cookies will break. Just my 2 cents. But I am definately going to try the parchment, thanks ladies.