How to Prepare Baking Pans

Three Methods:Butter and FlourParchment PaperParchment, Butter, and Flour

There's quite a few ways to prepare baking pans, but all yield pretty similar results. Choosing a method really depends on what you have available and how you prefer to prepare the pan.

Method 1
Butter and Flour

  1. 1
    Take about a tablespoon of butter. Rub it around the inside of the pan until the pan is coated.
  2. 2
    Take a couple tablespoons of flour. Tip the pan around to enable the flour to stick to the butter. Dump out any excess.

Method 2
Parchment Paper

  1. 1
    Determine if your pan has high edges or if it's just a flat cookie sheet. If it's flat, simply lay the parchment paper out like a sheet.
  2. 2
    If the pan has high edges, cut two pieces of parchment paper, one with the same width as the pan but a little longer; this will enable it to ride up the sides. Cut the other the same length as the pan and long enough to ride up the sides.

Method 3
Parchment, Butter, and Flour

  1. 1
    Butter the pan as you would for the Butter and Flour method.
  2. 2
    Cut a piece of parchment paper the same size as the bottom of the pan. Place this on the bottom of the pan, over the buttered surface.
  3. 3
    Flour the pan on the parchment layer. Tip to dump out the excess.


  • For cookies, the parchment method is the best, and for cakes, the combined method of parchment with butter and flour.

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