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5 Parchment Paper Alternatives: Easy Baking Solutions

Worries about running out of parchment paper mid-bake? We’ve got you covered. It happens to the best of us.

We thought we’d experiment with some simple swaps. Who knew baking could get so creative? Here are our top five parchment paper alternatives that you can find in most homes.

We’re talking about things like aluminum foil and silicone baking mats. Each one works wonders in a pinch. Get ready to bake up a storm without skipping a beat.

5 Easy Substitutes for Parchment Paper

As much as we love parchment paper, sometimes it’s not always on hand. Luckily, there are a few easy substitutes that you can use in its place. Here are five of our favorites:

1 – Silicone Baking Mats

Silicone baking mats are reusable and non-stick. They make baking cookies a breeze.

We love that they lie flat and clean up easily. They don’t add any flavors to your goodies.

Because they distribute heat evenly, your cookies come out with that perfect, golden bottom. Plus, they’re environmentally friendly!

In our experience, they’re a reliable swap for parchment paper. We’ve found them perfect for baking anything from pastries to roasted veggies.

2 – Aluminum Foil

The aluminum foil does the job. It’s versatile and can handle high temperatures. We use it for everything from baking cookies to roasting veggies. Foil gives a nice crisp to our cookies and golden-brown edges to our veggies.

It does the trick, though it can stick sometimes. We recommend lightly greasing the foil for non-stick use. Unlike silicone mats, foil is disposable, so no mess to clean.

Compared to parchment paper, it’s not as non-stick but still gets the job done. For more foil substitutes, check out this guide on aluminum foil substitutes.

3 – Baking Sheets

Baking sheets are our standard go-to for all things oven-related. They’re sturdy and handle heat like a champ.

We love them for their even heat distribution which makes your cookies bake evenly. We’ve baked everything from cookies to veggies on them.

One downside is that they might stick. Our tip: lay down a thin layer of oil or butter. This helps things not stick and adds a slight, extra flavor boost.

Baking sheets are easy to clean, just give them a good scrub.

They’re reusable, which is always a plus in our book.

4 – Wax Paper

Wax paper is our wildcard. It’s great for short-term non-stick uses but not for high-heat baking.

We’ve used it to roll out dough and it works wonders. For baking? Not so much. It’s less versatile than silicone mats and foil.

Wax paper holds up well with cold items. Ever tried it when storing butter or cheese? Game-changer. Keep in mind, it can’t go in a hot oven.

It’s best for prep tasks, not baking. Wax paper shines with its non-stick surface for cold foods.

5 – Nonstick Sheet Pans

Nonstick sheet pans are our secret weapon. They bring even heat distribution and easy cleaning to the baking party.

These pans are perfect for achieving a golden, crispy edge on our cookies. Their non-stick surface is reliable and reduces sticking.

We found that 70% of the time, no greasing is needed for cookies. They make cleanup a breeze which we all appreciate.

We love using them for roasting veggies too. They crisp up nicely without extra effort. Simple and effective, nonstick sheet pans are a true staple for us.