I bought my first Silpat mat today planning on using it to roll out my cookie dough on and avoid using additional flour which can make my cookies tough. When I looked at the directions they just talk about using it for the baking of the cookies. I assume that you can roll the dough out on this sheet but my (maybe stupid) question is...which side do I put up? When I put the writing side up it moves around on my counter. When I put the writing down it holds well but the mat has a texture to that side....I know this is not an important question but does anyone use these mats to roll out cookie dough? Thanks.
I have 3 of these and they are amazing. Nothing sticks to them. I roll cookie dough on them, fondant, even bake meats on them. They are a pain to wash and you really need to get the grease off them well.
Regarding which side up: the writing side up (so you can read it). Yes, it leaves an impression so that would be the bottom side of my cookies or fondant that I am rolling out.
You may also consider rolling your cookie dough in between 2 pieces of parchment paper. You won't have to use any extra flour this way either.
I tried the parchment paper once and it slipped all over the counter also. I guess I will have to practice, practice and practice some more. Thanks.
never liked the silpat for cookie dough; great for sticky stuff though
I use a Sil-pat all the time. I used to have the Roul-pat but wrecked it by pressing too hard with metal cutters.
I love them. I am alot more careful now. I do miss the larger size.
I use both sides(for rolling dough), doesn't matter. I use it on the bottom and wax paper on top. I have never used any flour for rolling.
I rarely bake with them. I only use them for lace type cookies. I use Air-Bake cookie sheets so I don't have a problem with sticking. I use parchment paper when baking messy type cookies like chocolate chip.
Thanks for all the great advise. Can't wait for my life to slow down a little bit so I can do some more baking and try it out. The problem is I love to eat the cookies and that is hard on the number on the scales.
I roll my cookies out using powder sugar. It keeps the cookies from sticking and doesn't make it too sweet. One of my clients who is almost 80 has made her cookies like that for years and they are amazing! I have not had a problem since using her method.
I started rolling mine out using powdered sugar too after seing Alton Brown do it on Good Eats. It works great!