While it’s great to be able to spread out all over the kitchen when you’re cooking or baking, not all of us are lucky enough to have huge kitchens with enough counter space for every piece of equipment we have to use. Cooling racks, for instance, are usually flat and take up quite a bit of counter space that could be used for more bowls of cookie dough.
The best space saving solution (well, cheaper than moving or doing an extensive remodel) is a Three Tier Cooling Rack from Wilton. This multi-level cooling rack is actually made up of three stackable individual racks that can hold dozens of cooling cookies while taking up only a small piece of countertop real estate. The rack is made of metal with a nonstick coating and is very sturdy – in fact, if you have more than one set, you can make your cooling stack at least three levels higher without any problems. This last feature makes the rack especially handy if you do a lot of baking, or have a multi-tiered oven rack that allows you to have multiple courses cooking at a time. Each piece measures about 16×10-inches and leaves a 3-inch gap between each level. As an additional space saving bonus, it also folds up flat for storage.
The best thing about this cooling rack is that, while it can support an entire cookie sheet or cake pan on each level, you can also take your cookies from the baking sheet and let them cool directly on the rack. Some other tiered cooling racks only provide support for the baking sheets and do not have flat wire-covered surfaces to rest the cookies themselves on. This is handy because some cookie recipes call for cookies to be cooled on a wire rack themselves and not on the pans. Ultra delicate cookies and chewy cookies usually fall into this category, as they need to be away from heat.