Product Review: Crofton Silicone Baking Mat

I was excited to see silicone baking mats in this week’s Aldi ad. At only $2.99, it is a fraction of what my French Silpat sells for in baking stores or online.

At first glance, it looks nearly identical to my Silpat, it has a dark orange border and is flexible and slightly tacky to the touch. It was a little long for the speckled stoneware-look Crofton baking sheet I had picked up over summer but it fits perfectly on a regular baking sheet.

I love to use my Silipat when baking because not only do my cookies never stick, it is washable and reusable so in the long run, it is cheaper and less wasteful than using parchment paper. However, they are a bit pricey so I only had one. It wasn’t too much of a hardship because I always bake cookies one sheet at a time but it did mean that I couldn’t prep the next sheet until the first batch came out of the oven. For $2.99, I bought two so I will never have to do that again! Another advantage to using a silicone baking mat is that it leaves the baking pan completely clean–one less dish to wash!

I deliberately chose to make chocolate chip cookies with an extra sticky ingredient in them to test the Crofton baking mat: candy canes! Candy canes melt in the oven and then solidify again as the cookie cools. They can “leak” out of cookies and cause a real sticky mess. It seemed like the perfect challenge.

See, one leaked!

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The verdict?? Nothing stuck!! Nothing at all. Not even that melted candy cane. Photographic evidence:

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The bottoms of my cookies came out perfectly golden brown.

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It worked as well or better than my expensive Silpat. I honestly want to buy more.

 

Here is the recipe for the cookies I made. The recipe uses 100% Aldi ingredients!

Two Thumbs up! Look for this near the winter holidays at Aldi.

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