You could use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper for your cookie baking, although we would recommend you grease the foil first to prevent any of your cookies getting stuck to it. The best solution in this instance is to simply grease the baking tray to prevent the cookies from sticking.
Heat conducted on the foil means the cookies will bake faster and hotter. This can result in a dark cookie…and it’s easier to burn cookies at a higher temperature on foil!
This common household item acts similarly to parchment paper; it can be used to line pans and be made into a pouch. When lining baking sheets and pans with aluminum foil, you do need to grease the top of the foil to prevent the food from sticking.
Ultimately, the scientific reason you should never bake cookies on a foil-lined baking sheet is simple: The parts of your cookie dough that come in direct contact with the foil are exposed to more concentrated heat than the rest of your cookies, thanks to aluminum’s natural conductor properties.
5 Substitutes for Parchment Paper
- Silpat: Best for Lining Baking Sheets. …
- Wax Paper: Best for Room Temperature Storage and Makeshift Work Surfaces. …
- Greased Baking Sheet: Good for Baking. …
- Aluminum Foil with Oil: Good for Baking, Especially at Hotter Temperatures. …
- Nonstick Sheet Pans: Good for Baking.
Can I bake with just aluminum foil?
Heat reflecting off aluminum foil can overcook foods or damage your oven’s heating elements. Lining your gas oven with aluminum foil can block heat, air flow, and produce less than optimal cooking results.
What can I use if I don’t have a baking sheet?
If you do not have a cookie sheet, you can use a variety of alternatives. Some alternatives to a cookie sheet include a silicone pan, an aluminum baking pan, a muffin tin, a cast-iron skillet, a glass pan, porcelain bakeware, or a pizza stone. Keep reading to learn more about baking without a cookie sheet.
Can I use tin foil as a baking tray?
Did you know you could make a baking pan completely from aluminum foil? You can! The trick here is to first create an outline of the shape of the baking pan you need by folding foil to create the walls of the pan. You’ll then need more foil to cover that outline with more foil to create the bottom of the pan.