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

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser January 22, 2012

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

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boulangere
boulangere January 22, 2012

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

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Matt Sz
Matt Sz 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.

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Savorykitchen
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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Cam Tucker
Cam Tucker January 22, 2012

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

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angiegeyser
angiegeyser January 23, 2012

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

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PistachioDoughnut
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..

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