Guest Author - Michelle Matile
I love finding new pans to bake with, especially cookie sheets. My cookie sheets start to rust, warp, discolor and look old after only a short time. I tested 3 different options with my fingers crossed, hoping to find a new favorite. The three range in price from $9.99 to $22.00. I used all three pans to bake the same batch of chocolate chip cookies and greased them all the same. I then continued to bake with them for a few months to get the full effect.
Wilton Excelle Elite Cookie Pan was the first pan I tested. I purchased the medium size, which is 15 1/4 by 10 1/4. This pan retails for $14.99 and is advertised as non-stick. It definitely delivers with non-stick. The cookies slid off easily. This pan is made with a thick and sturdy material that did not warp as many cookie sheets in the past have. The description of the material of the pan on Wilton's site is reinforced coating on durable steel. My only issue with the pan was the rusting and discoloration only after a few washes. Overall it is a good cookie sheet but with the typical rust problem.
AireGourmet Anodized Insulated 14-by-16-Inch Baking Sheet is the second sheet I tested. The retail price of this pan is $22.00. After some research I learned that Anodized aluminum is the solution to the rusting. This pan delivered in the no rust category. I was happy with how clean it would come out of the dishwasher. Another positive feature is the pan did not warp. However, I was disappointed with the stick issue. It was a struggle to get my cookies off and some stuck to the AireGourmet Anodized pan.
My last effort was with Wilton Easy Flex Silicone 10-Inch by 15-Inch Mat. The retail price is $9.99. This is not actually a cookie sheet but a liner to fit inside your pan. I love, love this silicone mat! It did not warp. The cleanup was easy and it was non-stick. The bendable material fits nicely in the dishwasher. The Wilton Easy Flex Silicone mats are well worth the money and I plan on buying more.
There is always new bake ware available and I will continue testing my options in search for the perfect pan!