Tracie emailed me to ask a question about using silicon baking mats:
I've been wanting to try the silicone baking mats, but will cookies get crisp on bottom like they do with parchment paper? I'm dying to try the Margarita Cookies!
Hi, Tracie. Thanks for writing in! I love, love my Silpat baking mats. They make cleanup a cinch and make it possible to achieve any level of cookie crispness you desire. The few times I used parchment paper, I found that I had to put down a new sheet for each tray of cookies because the paper started to brown and get brittle after a couple trips to the oven, making it difficult to remove the cookies easily and cleanly. Which is the whole point, right?
I think Silpats--or any other brand of silicon baking mats--are well worth the investment, especially if you do lots of baking.
Happy cookie-making! And good luck with the Margarita Cookies. They're really good and are my friend Gary's favorite (so far).