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 the equipment you have on hand. Cookie sheets with too-tall sides, a thin sheet that’s warped, or a sheet that’s too shiny could cause your cookies to burn or bake unevenly. Thankfully, we know just which types to avoid and which ones to buy: and where to find them.
What are the best cookie sheets?
There are main two main types of cookie sheets: rimmed and rimless. Rimmed cookie sheets have low sides to keep your cookies from sliding right off the tray. Even better, you can use them to bake other foods. Non-rimmed sheets are 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 can 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 quickly and is highly durable. 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 ($13.95, 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. Ceramic can break, and steel needs to be regularly oiled and washed. Other common cookie sheet 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). This allows your cookies room to spread out as they heat up.
Whatever type you’re searching for, one (or more!) of the following choices is sure to suit all your cookie-making needs. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best cookie sheets.
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Best All-Around Baking Sheet
All-Clad Roasting Sheet
Where to buy: From $99.99 (Originally from $135), Sur La Table
This versatile roasting sheet from All-Clad is 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 Carbon Steel Cookie Sheet
Le Creuset Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $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. This prevents scorching and ensures that your cookies are evenly baked 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.
Best Aluminum Cookie Sheet
Nordic Ware Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Where to buy: $21.99, 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 them by hand.
Best Nonstick Cookie Sheet
Sur La Table Platinum Pro Half Sheet
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 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.
Most Affordable Cookie Sheet
Wilton Easy Layers Sheet Cake Pans
Where to buy: $19.11, Amazon
At less than $10 per sheet, these are the best value-for-money cookie sheets around. Although designed for sheet cake, these 9x13-inch pans are perfect for baking up tiny batches of cookies. They can easily be stored away in a cupboard without taking up much space, and 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."
Best Large Cookie Sheet
T-Fal Bradshaw International Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $16.99, Walmart
If you’re lucky enough to have a big oven and lots of people to bake for, only the largest cookie sheets will do. This set of two 100 percent aluminum cookie sheets will do the job. They measure 15.5 by 20 inches each, are extremely durable, and will stay rust-free, bake after bake after bake!
Best Multifunctional Cookie Sheet
Gotham Steel Nonstick Copper Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $28.75 (set of two), Walmart
You may have seen this 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 multipurpose 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 and makes cleanup a total breeze. And this set of two lets you make dinner and dessert at the same time!
Best Rimless Cookie Sheet
Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Cookie Sheet
Where to buy: $24.79, Amazon
We’re obsessed with these rimless, nonstick cookie sheets. 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.