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Old 11-04-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Need help with baking sheet problem

I'm having trouble finding the right baking sheet for cookies. I have been using a Chicago Metallic 12 x 18 nonstick sheet pan, and I am finding that it drastically raises the oven temp (seen in the hanging thermometer) to an unpredictable level in my very small oven.

I tried a new recipe for peanut butter cookies last night, and I preheated the oven to 325, which was 25 degrees lower than what the recipe called for. About 5 minutes later I checked the hanging thermometer in the oven, and the temperature had shot up to 400, burning the bottom of the cookies before they were fully baked.

I'm not able to buy a new oven as of yet, so I'd like to see if I can find an inexpensive solution to this problem. It seems impossible to figure out what temperatures to preheat the oven to. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Old 11-04-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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Does the oven heat differently if there's no baking sheet?
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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Yes, it heats correctly to the temperature on the dial until a metal pan goes in.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:07 PM   #4
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Is the pan a tight fit in the oven? There should be at least an inch or two between the sides of the pan and the walls of the oven so the heat can circulate freely in the oven. If there isn't enough space for the heated air to circulate freely, it will build up under the pan and burn your cookies.

Buy a smaller cookie sheet.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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Yes, the pan is a tight fit. Do you you think it would work to try a pan about half the size?
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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A 10x15 jelly roll pan could do the trick.
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Would that circulate air better than a flat baking sheet? I'd like to understand why you're recommending that particular pan.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:32 PM   #8
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A smaller pan will allow more air circulation. That's really all there is too it.

"Air" Pans also help if you are having issues with the bottoms burning too. The little layer of air provides a nice buffer.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:33 PM   #9
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Just because of the size. 10x15 is a little smaller than your 12x18 half sheet pan. If you can find the smaller size you need in a flat sheet, that should work as well.
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Ok I'll try that and see what happens.
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