If you want a cookie sheet that is durable and yields consistent results batch after batch, experts and owners alike recommend the Vollrath Cookie Sheet. It is made of heavy-duty aluminum that withstands warping under high heat, according to one foodie magazine. Additionally, experts and users say its uncoated surface resists sticking (even though it is not officially nonstick), doesn't burn cookie bottoms and is easy to clean. This 17-inch pan has two curved edges on the short sides but flat edges on the long sides to allow you to slide cookies off the pan. The two lipped edges serve as handles, which make it easy to maneuver when hot.
Although the Vollrath cookie sheet is highly regarded by experts and owners, this aluminum pan isn't the cheapest. If you want to spend less, Chicago Metallic Commercial Cookie Sheet (*Est. $13) costs about half as much, but we did read some reviews that say its aluminized-steel construction is more likely to warp.
The Vollrath Cookie Sheet is evaluated among 12 uncoated and nonstick cookie sheets in comprehensive testing at Cook's Illustrated magazine. We also read numerous owner-written reviews at Cooking.com, AceMart.com (a restaurant-supply website) and Amazon.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors compare the Vollrath Cookie Sheet to 11 other cookie and baking sheets by baking several types of cookies. They rate each pan for performance, design and durability before making recommendations.
Review: Cookie Sheets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, October 2007
More than 100 owners review the Vollrath Cookie Sheet at this retail site, resulting in an average score of 4.9 out of 5. Owners agree this heavy-duty pan bakes perfectly browned cookies time and time again.
Review: Cookie Sheet by Vollrath Co., Contributors to Cooking.com
At this online restaurant supplier, the Vollrath Cookie Sheet receives nearly 50 owner reviews, which average a perfect 5-star rating. Owners say this cookie sheet bakes evenly and outperforms other brands.
Review: Vollrath Heavy Gauge Aluminum Cookie Sheet, Contributors to Acemart.com
At Amazon.com, more than two dozen reviews give the Vollrath Cookie Sheet a perfect 5-star rating, except one owner who says it arrived scratched. Reviewers agree it's solidly built and bakes to perfection.
Review: Vollrath Co. Cookie Sheet 17x14-in., Contributors to Amazon.com