Monday, June 27, 2011

Adventures in Baking

I did a little experiment the other night while baking chocolate chip cookies for a dinner party. I recently bought a Pampered Chef large stoneware bar pan. I planned to use it for savory baking/cooking but the hostess of the party said that it makes the best cookies so I wanted to give that a try.

I have always used Airbake cookie sheets and love how easy they are and how great cookies bake on them. So, I baked half the batch on my usual Airbake sheet and half on my Pampered Chef stone.

It was a tough call and my husband and I really didn't want to participate but since no one else was around I guess we had to be the judges.

There really isn't a right answer to this test but we did both prefer the stone-baked cookies. The Airbake sheet made a softer, chewier cookie. The stone-baked cookie was crispy on the bottom and chewy in the center, just how we like it.

There was enough dough for about 6 more cookies so I decided to bake those in a muffin pan.

I was thinking that the muffin pan would make them all impressively perfect round cookies, which it did but it also made them small and fatter- like a one bite cookie. They weren't really big enough for me but I have a recipe for peanut butter & jelly cookies that I think would look great baked in this pan.

I may have to give this test a re-do soon just to be sure the results were accurate! ;)


  1. I love my stoneware, use it to bake everything from cookies to bread to the pizza it is intended for!!!

  2. I too love my stoneware, but I've found it's how they're made is the key. I never use to use my mixer and now I how the cookies come out with my kitchen aid mixer.. love them!! If you re-do the test...let us know again which ones you liked better!!