There’s nothing quite like the delectable scent of warm cookies that lingers for hours after baking up a fresh batch. But even amateur bakers know that cookie baking success — or failure! — is highly dependent on having one of the best cookie sheets on hand. Use one with tall sides, a thin sheet that’s warped or one that’s too shiny, and your cookies won’t bake evenly. Use a darkly colored sheet pan, and you may wind up with a burnt dessert. Thankfully, we know just which types to avoid and which ones to buy: and where to find them.
What are the best cookie sheets?
The main two types of cookie, or baking sheets: rimmed and rimless.
Rimmed cookie sheets with low sides act as a guard that will prevent your cookies from sliding right off the tray. They can also be used for baking other foods.
Non-rimmed sheets, by contrast, are largely flat, allowing you to effortlessly slide cookies off the pan and onto a serving dish. They are typically preferred, as a cookie sheet with high rimmed sides may prevent cookies from baking evenly, according to Betty Crocker.
Both of these cookie sheet types are usually made from aluminum. Not only is this material economical, it heats up and cools down quickl, and is highly durable. Betty Crocker reports that aluminum is also a top pick for cookie sheets due to its dull finish, which promotes even baking and prevents overbrowning.
Using a silicone baking mat ($12.95, Amazon) or baking parchment paper ($11.95, Amazon) with your aluminum cookie tray can help it stay in the best condition for longer and make it much easier to clean, too.
Cookie sheets also come in ceramic and steel, but these items require a little more care to maintain, since ceramic can break, and steel needs to be regularly oiled and washed. Other features include nonstick coating that keep cookies from sticking to surfaces.
When it comes to size, Betty Crocker recommends choosing a large cookie sheet (at least 15 x 12 inches) that will allow your cookies room to spread out as they heat up.
Whatever type you’re searching for, we’ve found eight of the best picks on the market to suit all your cookie-making needs. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best cookie sheets.
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All Clad Cookie Sheet
Best Bakers' Cookie Sheet — All-Clad Roasting Sheet
Where to buy: From $99.99 (Originally from $135), Sur La Table
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This versatile roasting sheet from All-Clad has proven to be a big hit with bakers. Its large surface can hold plenty of cookies and its three-ply, 18/10 stainless steel construction ensures fast and even cooking throughout. What’s more, with proper care, these sheets will last you a very, very long time.
One happy reviewer wrote, “By far the best baking sheet I have ever used. Very light spray of butter spray and nothing sticks to it. Biscuits slide right off as well… They are true commercial pro quality. ... I have had mine for eight years now without any issues.”
Best Steel Carbon Cookie Sheets Le Creuset
Best Carbon Steel Cookie Sheet — Le Creuset
Where to buy: $28 (Originally $40), Le Creuset
This best-selling, nonstick Le Creuset cookie sheet is made from two layers of carbon steel with a pocket of air in between to cleverly lower the metal's temperature to prevent scorching and ensure that your cookies are evenly cooked all the way through. With safe silicone grips at either end to avoid accidents, these pans will never warp, and are super easy to clean.
2. Best Aluminum Cookie Sheet — Nordic Ware Natural Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Best Aluminum Cookie Sheet — Nordic Ware Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Where to buy: $22.22 (Originally $24), Amazon
As Amazon’s choice for the best cookie sheets around, this made-in-the-USA set of two aluminum Nordic Ware commercial baker's half sheets are rust-proof and provide even baking, with their light color ensuring that your cookies won’t get too brown.
As one of the many five star reviews reads, “These Nordic Ware pans are kitchen workhorses. They clean up beautifully and they last. They heat evenly and beautifully. And, at this price, if you ruin one, you won't cry.”
To make sure they stay in the best shape, wash by hand.
6. Best Cookie Sheet with Rack— Culinary Science by Martha Stewart Collection Half Sheet Pan & Rack Set
Best Wire Rack Cookie Sheet— Culinary Science by Martha Stewart Collection Half Sheet Pan and Rack Set
Where to buy: $25.44 (Originally $44), Macy’s
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This Culinary Science by Martha Stewart Collection half sheet pan and rack set, specially created for Macy's, can be used separately to bake and cool cookies. It's made from a highly durable aluminized steel and is fully oven and refrigerator-safe. Better yet, it's a nonstick, textured surface will ensure your cookies are baked and browned evenly.
Sur La Table Cookie Sheet
Best Nonstick Cookie Sheet — Sur La Table
Where to buy: $49.95 (Originally $60), Sur La Table
Coated with an advanced, eco-friendly, nonstick silicon material that's free from many of the harsh chemicals typically found in nonstick cookware), this set of two cookie sheets from Sur La Table provides guaranteed nonstick baking and easy cleanup: A textured surface allows air to flow under your cookies for even, burn-free treats every time. What's more, its incorporated steel wire ensures these pans are extra-strong, have excellent rust, corrosion, and warp-resistance, and will remain dent-free.
9. Best Steel Cookie Sheet — Ayesha Curry Bakeware Nonstick Cookie Pan
Best Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet — Ayesha Curry
Where to buy: $14.99, Target
While most prefer aluminum to steel for better heat conduction, Ayesha Curry’s Bakeware cookie pan is a top pick for steel lovers. It's warp-resistant, nonstick, oven safe to 450 degrees, and dishwasher-safe to boot. For an extra little feel-good factor, when you buy this pan, a portion of the proceeds will go to the No Kid Hungry charity, which works to provide up to 500,000 meals to children in need.
3. Most Affordable Cookie Sheet — Wilton Easy Layers! Sheet Cake Pans
Most Affordable Cookie Sheet — Wilton Easy Layers! Sheet Cake Pans
Where to buy: $6.44 (Originally $10.39), Amazon
At a little over $3 per sheet, these are the best value-for-money cookie sheets around. Although designed for sheet-cake, these small pans (9 x 13 inch) from Wilton Easy Layers! collection are perfect for baking up tiny batches of cookies. They can easily be stored away in a cupboard without taking up much space, and they can fit in any size dishwasher for easy cleaning.
One of the rave reviews reads, “Love these pans! They are priced right and perfect for baking cookies easy cleanup."
4. Best Large Cookie Sheet — T-fal Bradshaw International Cookie Sheet
Best Large Cookie Sheet — T-Fal Bradshaw International Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $16.99, Walmart
If you’re blessed with a big oven and a large family or group of friends, only the largest cookie sheets will do. This set of two 100 percent aluminum Bradshaw International extra-large cookie sheets by T-fal measure 15.5 inches by 20 inches in size.They’re extremely durable and will stay rust-free, bake after bake after bake!
7. Best Multifunctional Cookie Sheet — Gorham Steel Nonstick Copper Cookie Sheet
Best Multiuse Cookie Sheet — Gorham Steel Nonstick Copper Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $19.99, Walmart
You may have seen the Gotham Steel nonstick copper cookie sheet on TV. Versatile enough to bake desserts, such as cookies or brownies, and make meals for dinner (think pizza, meat, fish, and veggies), it makes for the perfect multiuse pick. Its copper hue will add a pop of color to your kitchen, and its nonstick coating is made from a patented titanium ceramic blend that's built to last. It also makes cleanup a total breeze.
8. Best Non-Rimmed Cookie Sheet — Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Cookie Sheet
Best Rimless Cookie Sheet — Calphalon
Where to buy: $19.99 (Originally $29.99), Amazon
We’re obsessed with these non-rimmed nonstick cookie sheets by Calphalon. Although they do have two adjacent rimmed sides to make for easy transfer from oven to countertop and back, the other two completely flat sides let your cookies glide right off into your serving dish. These sheets are made from a heavy-gauge steel core, which heats evenly to make for the perfect cookie, every time. It's dishwasher safe, and it won't warp with use — a promise from Calphalon, which is so confident in its product, it provides a full lifetime warranty.
10. Best AirBake Cookie Sheet — AirBake Nonstick Cookie Sheet Set
Best AirBake Cookie Sheet — AirBake
Where to buy: $16.99, Amazon
AirBake is known as the “original insulated bakeware” and has many dedicated fans in the baking world. Designed to reduce baking time by 15 percent, prevent burning, and provide moister baked goods, these cookie sheets are made from two heavyweight aluminized nonstick steel sheets with a layer of air in the middle, guaranteeing safe cooking without burning or overheating.
This particular set, however, comes with a 10-year warranty from the manufacturer, who assure it will remain nonstick and rust-free, so you can make up your mind for yourself.