Why Every Baker Needs A Cookie Rack (+ 3 Cookie Recipes You Need to Try!)
Baking is an art and takes loads of patience. Like any artist, a baker needs the right tools and equipment to bring their creations to fruition. Sure, an oven and a baking sheet are sound options to start, yet many unsung heroes in the kitchen offer their own versatility.
Why Every Baker Needs a Cookie Cooling Rack
That’s where the cookie cooling rack comes into play. Leaving cookies on the baking pan is like leaving a load of clothes in the washer. You’ve certainly done the work necessary to prepare, bake and complete the baking process, but a cooling rack finishes the job.
Why are cookie cooling racks necessary?
It’s a valid question! Why are we propping up cookies on this crisscross metal grid? For some, it’s simply a habit picked up after watching other bakers use them over the years. The advantages of using a cooling rack outshine leaving cookies on a baking sheet for a number of reasons:
- Cookie cooling racks allow you to remove your cookies from the baking sheet sooner, which will allow them to cool down faster.
- Your cookies, pastries, and other baked goods will also cool down faster as the wire rack has better air circulation. You can even place a baking sheet on the cooling rack for the same purpose.
- Faster cooling also means you can decorate those treats sooner.
Can I put a cooling rack in the oven?
Here’s a friendly reminder that not all cooling racks can be put in the oven. While a common mistake, some cooling racks are best kept away from high heat. When you’re buying a new cookie cooling rack, check the product details and the care instructions. Many metal and stainless-steel products will be just fine in the oven up to a certain temperature.
Pros of nonstick cooling racks
Nonstick cooling racks are highly versatile pieces of equipment—not only are they great for cooling baked goods, but they’re excellent for resting meats and veggies without worrying about difficult cleanup.
3 Cookie Recipes You Need To Try
Mexican Chocolate Crackle Cookies
What better way to test out your new cooling rack than with baking gooey, chocolaty cookies that are sprinkled with powdered sugar and pack just a hint of heat.
Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Caramelized brown butter, brown sugar, and nutty oats—these cookies pair nicely with cozy fall days and a good book.
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Looking for an after-school treat that tastes good and that you can feel good about feeding the little ones? Vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugar, this is one treat you’ll be happy to hand out seconds of.
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