Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Silicone Baking Sheets & Grandma's Cookie Recipe

It was my birthday last week, and my mom was in town visiting. She suggested we go pick out my present together, and I didn't have to think too hard about what I would want: silicone baking sheets.

I have been lusting after a set of Slipats since I started getting into a cookie baking phase and was sick of throwing away so much parchment paper. We found these at Bed Bath & Beyond. The salesguy told me these were not the brand name, but "exactly the same" and cheaper to boot. They were even on the shelf next to the Slipats, so I could compare and contrast the two brands.

The verdict?
We made a batch of cookies on the silicone mats the day we brought them home from the store. Wow...was it amazing. The cookies didn't stick, and were super easy to get off the sheets. It's like Good, Better, Best....Good is regular cookie sheets, Better is parchment paper, and Best (by far) was the silicone mats.

My mom made a batch of cookies with the silicone sheets, and stashed half in the freezer so we could eat them another time. Well, she hadn't been out of the house 6 hours and we had already cracked into the container! We're so bad! Here is my family's cookie recipe that my mom made while I was growing up. They are yummy!

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups shortening (or butter)
1 cup sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs well beaten
4 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 package semisweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cream shortening, add sugars gradually and cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix thoroughly. Sift flour once, measure, add salt and soda, and sift well. Add chocolate chips and vanilla and mix throughly. Drop teaspoon on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375ยบ for 9-10 minutes.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

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