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

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PistachioDoughnut January 23, 2012
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..
 
angiegeyser January 23, 2012
No! Wax paper is not oven safe and will smoke and burn in your oven.
 
Cam T. January 22, 2012
DO NOT USE waxpaper as parchment paper. The coating will melt and ruin your food!
 
Savorykitchen January 22, 2012
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.
 

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Matt S. January 22, 2012
No.

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.
 
boulangere January 22, 2012
Your house will smell like burning candles, and your cookies will taste like them.
 
Amanda H. January 22, 2012
I wouldn't. Instead I'd grease the baking sheets.
 
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