You may have thought toaster ovens were just for reheating foods and making toast but there’s so much more you can do with this kitchen appliance! In this brief article, I’ll explain how to bake cookies in your toaster oven.
Can You Bake Cookies in a Toaster Oven?
You can bake cookies just as easily in a toaster oven as you can in a full-size oven. The main difference is that since toaster ovens are smaller, you’ll need to make your cookies in smaller batches. Depending on the size of your toaster oven, you’ll probably be able to make half a dozen cookies per batch.
Baking Cookies in a Toaster Oven
Using your toaster oven to bake cookies is as easy as following these five simple steps.
Preheat the Toaster Oven
You’ll want the toaster oven to be nice and hot before you put the cookies in. Check your recipe and then set the toaster oven to the desired temperature. Your oven will preheat in 10-20 minutes. In case you need help, read my guide to preheating a toaster oven.
Assemble the Ingredients
Go through your cookie recipe and follow the steps as you would when using a full-size oven. Generally, this starts with combining dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then mixing the two together and folding in any additions like chocolate chips or nuts.
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Line the Baking Sheet
The easiest way to line your baking sheet is to use parchment paper. Cut the paper so that it fits nicely on your sheet. An added benefit is that it makes for easy clean-up! You can also grease your sheet with butter or use a silicone mat if you can find one in the right size.
Parchment paper is safe to use in toaster oven but you should be cautious. I suggest you read my guide to safely using parchment paper in a toaster oven.
Place Cookies on Baking Sheet
Baking cookies in the toaster oven means you are using a smaller baking sheet than if you were cooking in a full-size oven. With a regular size baking sheet, you may be able to fit 12 cookies on a single sheet. Do not attempt to do this with a smaller sheet.
If you cram the cookies onto a small sheet, they won’t have enough space between them to bake properly and they will not turn out well. You should be able to fit six cookies on a toaster oven baking sheet.
Place your baking sheet of cookies into the toaster oven and set the timer for the correct time mentioned in the recipe. Keep an eye on your cookies as they bake quickly! Once they are baked, remove them from the toaster oven and put them on a wire rack to cool.
Can You Bake Cookies in a Convection Toaster Oven?
Baking cookies in a convection toaster oven will produce a cookie that is crispier on the outside. You will also need to lower the baking temperature by about 20 degrees and keep a close eye on the cookies while baking as they will cook faster than in a regular oven.
It’s Cookie Time!
Using your toaster oven is the perfect way to make a small batch of cookies. What kind of cookies will you make today? Let us know.