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Cookie pans, not cookie cutters

cookie pans

There are shaped pans for baking cakes, mini cakes, muffins/cupcakes and breads. It seems like the only baking category where you aren’t expected to use a shaped pan these days is cookies, where cookie cutters are the shaping standard. But just because they’ve been the standard for such a long time doesn’t mean that they’ll stay that way. This year, I’ve seen more cookie pans than in previous years and it is beginning to make me wonder if they’re here to stay.With the pans, you simply drop dough into the pre-moulded forms and let the oven do the rest of the work. The resulting cookies will have a lot more detail than a cookie cutter cookie – eyes on gingerbread men, santa hat on santa, etc. – and can either be kept plain or decorated further, and there is no need to roll out cookie dough or get flour all over your kitchen to work with them.

The Norpro pans include recipes, but you should be able to work any cookie recipe that spreads out with these pans (since you want the dough to spread into all the little corners of the mold). I’ll probably stick with cookie cutters for most of my baking, unless I’m using a knife to cut shapes out by hand, but these pan certainly are a good idea and you can’t beat them for ease of use.

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  • Mary
    December 11, 2007

    Sometimes the imperfections of homemade treats are what make them unique and I think these pans encourage too much perfection! By the way, I enjoy reading your reviews. Thanks!

  • JEP
    December 11, 2007

    I did not know pans like this existed! I have a serious history of cut-out cookie failures—ha! So this may be the solution for me…

  • Kristen
    December 11, 2007

    Now, aren’t those cute?

  • veronica driver
    August 25, 2008

    how can i purchase these pans. do they sell others? I would prefer these to cut outs. they seem so much easier.

  • Cee
    April 6, 2018

    I’ve bought so many of these pans…love them!!! I also have a big rubber maid container of cookie cutters. When you have kids, salt dough and play dough are great play time things to use those cutters for.

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