If you want to bake cookies but you don’t have a cookie sheet no need to fear! There are multiple options for baking cookies without a cookie sheet and you will find all the alternatives here.
Whether your cookie sheets are dirty or you loaned them out, there are enough other cookie baking options that you are certain to find at least one that will work for you.
What can I use if I don’t have a cookie sheet?
If you do not have a cookie sheet, you can bake cookies with an aluminum baking pan, silicone pan, cast iron skillet, muffin pan, porcelain baking pan, glass baking dish, and a pizza stone.
You will learn how to use other types of cookware and even if aluminum foil can be used for baking cookies. The key is to understand how these different cookie baking options will effect your bake time and temperature. Continue reading for the full breakdown on how to bake cookies without a cookie sheet.
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Yes, You Can Bake Cookies Without a Cookie Sheet
There are a number of great cookie sheet alternatives that work great for baking cookies. The key is understanding how these different types of pans and cookware will effect your cookie recipe.
For each of the pans below, it is important to avoid having your cookies stick to the pan so line your pan with parchment paper or use non stick cooking spray.
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Aluminum Baking Pan
These inexpensive pans make a great alternative to using a traditional cookie sheet. Many people will already have a couple in their kitchen and with some non stick cooking spray, they are great for baking cookies.
You will not need to adjust your baking time or temperature and as long as you line with parchment paper or spray with non stick cooking spray, your cookies will turn out wonderfully.
Note: Some aluminum pans will bend if lifted by one hand. Use caution and handle both ends when using aluminum pans.
Silicone pans have grown in popularity in recent years for good reason. They are great for baking and work particularly well for baking cookies without a baking sheet.
Silicone is designed to handle baking temperatures without melting and you will not need to alter your baking time or temperature when using for cookies.
Just use non stick spray to avoid your cookies sticking to your pan.
Note: Any style of silicone baking pan will work, even muffin a pan.
Cast Iron Skillet or Stainless Steel Skillet
Skillets have been used for decades for baking cookies and they still are an exceptional substitute for a cookie sheet when baking homemade cookies.
I prefer to use cast iron, but many stainless steel skillets are safe for baking as well. All cast iron skillets are oven safe, but when using a stainless steel variety ensure it is oven safe before baking your cookies.
Line your skillet with parchment paper or use non stick cooking spray. Your baking temperature will not change but check your cookies for being done a couple minutes early when using a cast iron skillet.
Note: Remember that your skillet handle will be extremely hot so always use an oven mitt or pot holder when removing it from the oven.
Yes, you can use a muffin pan to bake cookies! There are all types of muffin pans available and they all work for baking cookies.
I’ve used disposable muffin tins, silicone muffin pans, and metal muffin pans to bake cookies. Bake times and temperatures generally do not need to be altered but it is a good ideal to keep a close eye on your cookies to ensure they don’t burn.
If you are using a non stick muffin pan you don’t need to use parchment paper or non stick cooking spray. Otherwise, you will need to use one of these to keep your cookies from sticking.
Porcelain Baking Pan
Oven safe porcelain baking dishes work exceptionally well for baking cookies. They are designed to withstand baking temperatures and they disperse heat evenly making them ideal for making cookies.
Line your pan with parchment paper or use non stick baking spray before adding your cookies dough. Bake time and temp will not need to be altered when using a porcelain pan.
Note: Always check the bottom of your pan to ensure it is oven safe.
Glass Baking Pan or Casserole Dish
I’ve used glass casserole dishes for baking cookies many times and it works well when you don’t have a cookie sheet available. Always make sure your pan is oven safe since not all glass pans are made to withstand baking temperatures.
I’ve even used glass skillets for baking cookies. The key is to spray your pan with cooking spray first otherwise your cookies will stick to the bottom of a glass pan.
Your baking time and temperature will not be changed when baking cookies with a glass pan.
Pizza Pan or Stone
I’ve been using a pizza pan to bake cookies since I was a kid, and it works great! Pizza pans can be made of many different types of material and metal, wood, cast iron, and stone are some popular types that work for baking cookies.
You will need to use parchment paper or cooking spray to prevent your cookies from sticking but other than that you will not have to change your temperature. I have found cookies get done a minute or two early when I use a pizza pan to bake them though.
Note: When using a pizza pan with holes to bake cookies, you must line the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If using aluminum foil, coat with non stick cooking spray.
Baking Cookies Without a Cookie Sheet FAQ
Can you bake cookies with aluminum foil?
Maybe. Aluminum foil can be baked at high temperatures but the issue of durability arises. Most aluminum foil is thin and can tear when used alone to bake cookies. Therefore it is not recommended to use aluminum foil alone when baking cookies.
It is possible if your aluminum foil is thick or multiple folded layers are used. Extreme caution must be taken when handling hot cookies baked on aluminum foil because if it tears burns can happen.
What can I use if I don’t have parchment paper for baking cookies?
The best parchment paper alternative when baking cookies is non stick cooking spray. You can also use lard, butter, or any oil with a high smoke point.
Can you bake cookies on a pizza pan with holes?
You can use a pizza pan with holes to bake cookies as long as you line the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Baking cookies directly on a pizza pan with holes will lead to dough sinking through the holes so it’s imperative to line your pan.
If you use aluminum foil, you will need to spray it with non stick cooking spray.
Can you use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper for cookies?
Yes. Aluminum foil can be used instead of parchment paper when baking cookies. You will need to use non stick cooking spray, butter, or oil to coat your aluminum foil to prevent your cookies from sticking to the pan.
Can you bake cookies in a cake pan?
Yes, cookies can be baked in a cake pan. You will need to line your cake pan with parchment paper or use a non stick coating to bake cookies in a cake pan.
Can you bake cookies directly on baking tray?
Yes cookies can be baked on a baking tray. First line your baking tray with parchment paper or coat with non stick cooking spray before baking your cookies.
Can you bake cookies on stoneware?
Stoneware is an excellent option for baking cookies. This material is made to withstand high temperatures and it is a very durable material.
Temperatures will not need to be altered, but when baking with stoneware it may take a couple more minutes to bake your cookies than when using a cookie sheet.
This is because stoneware takes longer to heat up than metal. It also takes longer to cool down, so if baking multiple batches, you may need to adjust your bake time during your second batches bake time.