Silpat baking mats

These mats are a required item for anyone who bakes. Not only do they turn any pan into a perfect grease-free non-stick surface, but they also help to distribute the heat evenly across the pan. That makes for better cookies and pastries.

They key is to purchase mats with fiberglass woven into the silicon. The silicon keeps your cookies from sticking and the fiberglas conducts the heat.

The silpat mats are also handy for exercises like rolling dough and working with sticky ingredients like batter, taffy and caramel.

My only word of caution is to be careful when cutting as the mats can be easily sliced. Other than that minor achilles heal they are dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible.