Cookie Sheets

Most galley ovens are a little smaller than “shore” ovens — I don’t want to call them “home” ovens, since my boat is my home — and thus standard-sized cookie sheets won’t fit in them.  And the ones for toaster ovens are so small that they’re often not useful.  So what’s a galley slave to use?

Well, you can use a sheet of aluminum foil, but that’s really a pain. That’s what I did before I found ones that would fit. But I finally found some that do work!

Once again, I’ll start by saying that before you buy anything, measure YOUR oven.  Any pan you get should have about an inch of airspace on all four sides for airflow.  Hot spots are enough of a problem in galley ovens, and restricting the airflow will only make matters worse.

Heavy pans will do a lot to lessen hot spots as they’ll distribute the heat more evenly.  That’s one reason that baking on a piece of aluminum foil generally isn’t all that satisfactory.

And yes, heavier pans are generally more expensive initially.  But I found that “cheap” pans actually cost me more as I had to replace them every couple of years as they’d develop rust spots or other problems.  My preference is to have fewer pans (you don’t have much room on the boat anyways!) but to have good ones.

My choice are those made by Chicago Metallic — they’re good and heavy, don’t have problems with rust, come in sizes that work in most boat galleys and aren’t as expensive as some of the “premium” brands.  They come in both nonstick and plain.  The Chicago Metallic nonstick is very high quality and scratch-resistant, unlike many cheaper brands which also seem to lose their “nonstick” quality after a year or two.

If you’re wondering about the Baker’s Secret pans that you can find everywhere, my experience — and that of several cruising friends — is that they lose their nonstick properties in a year or two and begin having rust spots even sooner.  They also have a lot of little crevices that are hard to really get clean when washing by hand — something you don’t really think about until you’re living aboard with no dishwasher.

I personally prefer a cookie sheet with sides on it — technically a jelly roll pan.  I often bake bread on a cookie sheet (baguettes, braided bread) and the sides keep the dough (and egg wash when I use one) from spilling over.  It’s also good for things like pizza on the boat — the motion of the boat can otherwise cause sauce and toppings to spill over a bit and the sides make this less likely (not impossible, though!). I also sometimes use the pan to contain messy kitchen projects and the sides help here, too.

Depending on your personal preferences and what size pan you can use, here are my recommendations for a good “cookie sheet.”

Jelly roll pan imageNon-Stick Jelly Roll Pans:

Image of uncoated jelly roll panNon-Coated Jelly Roll Pans

Cookie sheet imageNon-Stick Cookie Sheets

Uncoated Cookie Sheets

I’m not recommending the Chicago Metallic ones in this category, as I can’t find anywhere that carries them in anything but a full-size, and the full size ones are too large for virtually all boat ovens — they’re more the size that a commercial bakery would use.

Further, I’ve spent several hours looking online for a uncoated cookie sheet without sides in a size that is likely to fit in boat ovens, and I simply can’t find any.  Anthing that’s small enough has sides.  If anyone reading this HAS found one, please leave a note and I’ll research further.

NOTE:  I don’t recommend the air-insulated sheets as I don’t like the way they bake.  I’ve had two different ones, and they both were re-purposed as I hated baking with them.

Toaster Oven Size

If you need an even smaller pan, you can get “toaster oven” cookie sheets that are about 7 x 10.  There aren’t a lot of choices, but here is one that got good reviews (leaving aside the reviews talking about how small it is):

Anyone who has other recommendations, please leave them in the comments below — I’ll try to add links to products.

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16 Comments
  • Gloria Rooney
    Posted at 22 January 2011 Reply

    Another nonstick cookie sheet I found is by Farberware. It is 15 1/2 inch by 9 3/4. I have used it for a couple of years in my Force 10 stove on the boat after searching high and low for it and finally finding it at Walmart!

    I do use a number of Chicago Metallic products, but so far only at the house. We are weekenders for a couple of more years before we move aboard and go cruising! Love your website!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 27 January 2011 Reply

      Since I read Gloria’s note, I have looked and looked for the small Farberware cookie sheet, and can’t find it still being sold anywhere — online or at my local Wal-mart. The one Farberware one that’s similar in size now has “oversized handles” which make it too large for most galley ovens.

      Has anyone seen the smaller ones recently?

      Carolyn

  • carol
    Posted at 06 April 2011 Reply

    Hi
    Pampered Chef sells very durable, great quality jelly roll sheets in several sizes. They also sell a variety of pizza stones and stoneware pans, with and without edges. I sell Pampered Chef and we are currently outfitting a boat to cruise – if you want to take a look go to pamperedchef.com and shop online.
    Thanks for a great site.
    Carol Barkow
    Racine, WI

  • JoAnne
    Posted at 20 May 2012 Reply

    I was so excited when you said you had a link to a stainless cookie sheet as I have been trying to find one for our boat. I was disappointed to find that the link led to an aluminized steel (aluminium coated steel) version like all of the others I’ve seen so far. The Pampered Chef Stoneware pans look interesting, though heavy. Has anyone tried them? Do they break easily?`
    Trying to avoid aluminium.
    Thank you!

    • barb krieger
      Posted at 10 September 2013 Reply

      I started to do live abord may 1st 2013 I started to collect silicone pans bake ware and muffin silicone I love them I do recommend a metal one to slide under for putting in and taking out but fit nice in my oven. I started to use silicone when I lived in the apartment. I love them

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 30 May 2013 Reply

    Tonight’s use for the cookie sheet: oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. SO good!

  • tOM Trottier
    Posted at 02 February 2014 Reply

    Wouldn’t it be easy to cut silicon cookie sheets to size very easily? Maybe even add some air circulation holes?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 02 February 2014 Reply

      Yes, you can. But they’re hard to transfer into and out of the oven without a “real” cookie sheet under them. They aren’t stiff at all and food spills very easily!

      • Brim Stone
        Posted at 07 December 2014 Reply

        sUe a metal pizza peel to remove the silicone pans. You can get an aluminum one with a dowel type handle and cut down both the sides and the handle to make it fit. good for moving all kinds of hot things from the oven. Like…pizza.

  • Kelly Conrader
    Posted at 18 February 2014 Reply

    We bought 1/4 sheet pans in a restaurant supply store before moving aboard our boat hoping they would fit in the oven. They fit perfectly in our eno oven.

  • Lisa Engel
    Posted at 27 July 2014 Reply

    Is 1/4″ between jelly-roll cookie sheet (1/4″ on each side) and sides of oven enough space? I mean… Do you think the closeness is okay or might burning result? I’d like to buy the 14-3/4″ X 9-3/4″ if proximity to oven walls won’t matter. Otherwise, I’ll go with the 12-1/4″. Thanks for any insight. 🙂
    Lisa

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 27 July 2014 Reply

      You really should have one inch of air space on all sides. Otherwise, the air won’t circulate and yes, hot spots will develop.

  • Karen Hall
    Posted at 05 January 2016 Reply

    Our boat has a microwave convection oven, and I’m still trying to figure out the pans. Apparently the fast baking component uses a combination of microwave and convection cooking so metal isn’t supposed to be used, and glass is recommended. But I don’t want to use glass on the boat. Any recommendations?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 05 January 2016 Reply

      Almost anything that is microwave compatible is going to be breakable to a greater or lesser extent. I mean, a lot of ceramics are also microwave friendly, but they’re just as liable to break. On both our boats, I have had a couple of Pyrex pans and they haven’t broken. I’ve always been worried, but they’ve been okay. I think Pyrex is pretty heavy duty; I’m not sure I’d have some thinner knock-offs.

  • Vala
    Posted at 06 January 2016 Reply

    I happened to have a quarter sheet pan when we moved onto the boat, and that has become my “use for everything” pan. I have a small wire rack from a roasting pan that just fits inside, and I will set food or other pans (like pie pan, muffin tin etc) on top of that to protect from hot spots. I really missed my old air bake cookie sheet that was way to big to fit, and one day we found a 9.5×14 inch size one left/recycled, up by the garbage bins (we call it the “will call” as we often find just the thing we need left up there).

  • Debra Bryan
    Posted at 29 January 2017 Reply

    I’ve been using pizza pans to do cookies and bread, works great, multipurpose, fits the oven perfect.

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