Parchment paper is a work horse in the kitchen, and it can make your holiday baking cleaner, easier, and more fun than ever before. Check out all the ways you can use it!
1. Line bottom of pan for easy removal of treats
It’s pretty hard to get the first brownie out of a pan without smashing it. More often than not, dragging a knife through it, and then prying a server underneath smashes it beyond recognition. Those poor, mangled brownies never make it to the serving platter. There’s a better way! Line your pans with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. When your brownies have cooled, you’ll be able to easily pull the entire slab out of the pan and transfer it to a cutting board, where the cutting job is much cleaner and easier. No more mangled brownies, and it works great for other bar cookies, too.
2. Stacking Cookies
You’ve baked a batch of delicious cookies, and now you need to store them. Stacking your cookies between parchment paper is a great way to protect them from each other. Think of parchment paper as a shield. If you’ve decorated your cookies, a layer of parchment ensures that the icing on top of the cookie doesn’t mix and mingle with the crumbs from the bottom of another cookie. It’s a barrier against ooey-gooey mix-in’s like chocolate chips, marshmallows, and caramels, too. It helps to keep your cookies from sticking together, and keeps them looking as good as they taste.
3. Roll and Bake Cookies On Parchment-Lined
Roll-out cookies can be tricky. Sometimes the dough sticks to the countertop, and it’s easy to distort the cut cookies as they are transferred from the countertop to the cookie pan. Here’s a tip to make cut out cookies easier. Line a cookie pan (one without sides) with parchment paper. Roll your cookie dough out according to the recipe directions directly onto the parchment-lined cookie pan. Cut the dough with your favorite cutters and remove the extra dough from around the cut shapes. Since the cookie dough is where it needs to be for baking, sticking is not an issue, and it completely eliminates the step of transferring the cut cookies to the cookie sheet.
4. Use As A Decorating Bag
Folding a parchment triangle looks hard, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never forget how to do it. Parchment cones can be made in any size, including really small, which I love for small amounts of melted chocolate, Candy Melts, or icing. They’re great for printing or writing on cakes, as well as drizzling or piping fine details. Try using them for cookie decorating with royal icing, too.
5. Cut decorative edges for gifting and presentation
It’s common to line treat boxes with grease-resistant parchment paper, but cutting the paper with decorative scissors is an easy way to up the wow-factor of your homemade edible gifts. These scissors come in a variety of designs, including wave, zigzag, and scallop, to lend a pretty finish to your tasty treats.