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bake two cookie trays at the same time

post #1 of 24
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what are some suggestions when baking two cookie trays at the same time? do I switch half way in baking time?
post #2 of 24
i do either of these methods:
sometimes, i swap the trays over half way through.
sometimes, i leave them as is, and just let the second tray have longer.
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post #3 of 24
I tried that with out success icon_sad.gif But I am just using a standard household oven and the temperature shot up and burned the cookies icon_eek.gif . My thinking is that there was not enough room for circulation in the oven. Hope you have better success icon_biggrin.gif
post #4 of 24
brincess_b, which is your "second tray"? i baked some cookies last night and the top tray didn't seem to bake as fast as the bottom ... i think ... maybe i'm remembering it backwards ...
post #5 of 24
When baking, the heat element is on the bottom of the oven (the top heating element is the broiler). So when you have two trays of cookies in the oven, the bottom tray can block the heat from getting to the top tray properly.

What I did, when I was in a home oven, and assuming a 20 minute baking time, I'd put a tray in the oven for 10 minutes. After the 1st ten minutes, I'd put the 2nd tray on the bottom rack. 10 minutes later, remove the top tray and move the bottom tray to the top rack; put another tray on the bottom rack.

I'd bake 10-15 trays a day this way and it worked great.
post #6 of 24
ooooh i see ... thank you so much, i'm going to give that a try
post #7 of 24
I am from a family of 10 and didn't know there was another way to bake cookies than two trays at once. We usually made drop cookies of some sort. What we always did is load up the first tray and put it on the top rack, then load up the next tray and put the top one on the bottom and the new one on the top and just keep the rotation going.
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post #8 of 24
What i do is when i have the first tray ready to go, it goes on the top rack. Then i start rolling out dough and cutting to fill up the second tray. When that is ready to go into the oven, i take the top tray, put it on the bottom, and then put the new tray on the top. This works great for me because the trays are going in at different times.
post #9 of 24
I always bake my cookies on convection. I can put up to 8 cookie sheets (2 to a rack) in my oven at one time and everything comes out great.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by dynee

I am from a family of 10 and didn't know there was another way to bake cookies than two trays at once.

I am the oldest of 6 kids and we did the same thing. I've always told my kids that growing up poor in a large family was the best thing that ever happened to me .... I learned a lot of things that my "more financially secure" friends never had to deal with or learn to work around. thumbs_up.gif
post #11 of 24
I always rotate the trays (direction and location) a little over 1/2 way through the cooking time.
post #12 of 24
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Thanks you guys for your help. off to bake some cookies!!
post #13 of 24
I've always done the 2 trays at once w/ switching half-way, but I like Debi's method better. I'll be using that on the rest of my Christmas cookies this year. Thanks Debi! icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 24
I use 2 different kinds of cookie sheets - the thicker insulated one goes on the bottom rack and the thin, single sheet goes on the top. So the lower one seems to bake slower and both trays get done at the same time. Been doing it this way for years.
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post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by prterrell

I've always done the 2 trays at once w/ switching half-way, but I like Debi's method better. I'll be using that on the rest of my Christmas cookies this year. Thanks Debi! icon_biggrin.gif



what I like is that we're baking two sheets at once, but we're only pulling out one at a time, so we have plenty of time to get them to the cooling rack, only need counter space for one baking sheet instead of 2 hot ones, etc., when dealing with only one at a time.

I actually ran the numbers, too. (surprise! icon_surprised.gif ) It decreases the amount of actual oven time when they are swapped out this way instead of just baking 2 at the same time (I mean, instead of putting 2 in and not rotating), just because both sheets get even baking due to the rotating.
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