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Can I substitute wax paper for parchment paper to bake cookies?

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Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 2 years ago

I wouldn't. Instead I'd grease the baking sheets.


Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 2 years ago

Your house will smell like burning candles, and your cookies will taste like them.

Matt Sz added about 2 years ago
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Parchment has a silicone-based coating that will withstand the high temperatures of an oven. Wax paper is, not surprisingly, coated in a wax. The wax can, and will, transfer to your food. The other concern with wax paper is that there is a good chance it will catch fire in your oven.

Savorykitchen added about 2 years ago

Agreed. Wax paper isnt intended for that kind of high heat exposure. That said, I do us it to line cake pans when the paper will be covered completely by batter and not directly exposed to the oven's heat.

Cam Tucker added about 2 years ago

DO NOT USE waxpaper as parchment paper. The coating will melt and ruin your food!

angiegeyser added about 2 years ago

No! Wax paper is not oven safe and will smoke and burn in your oven.

PistachioDoughnut added about 2 years ago

No way! I did a silly mistake few weeks ago..by baking potato puffs onto wax paper because i didn't have parchment paper and didn't wish to grease it with cooking spray or butter..never is the answer..

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