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Oven Burns the Bottom of Baked Goods

I have a problem with my oven baking cookies, biscuits, etc. too quickly on the bottom and they often burn. I've tried different remedies to correct this, but they don't work. Does anyone have a solution? Thanks.

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By glenda eileen lockhart from Nova Scotia

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

I've found that the wrong pan will burn cookies every time. I have two pans I've used for cookies (it's about the only thing I will bake) and have relegated one to only being a pan to catch drips from casseroles now. The other one is fine.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

Try purchasing a better cookie sheet--an insulated one with 2 layers. The thin cheap aluminum pans don't work very well. Have you tried reducing the heat when you bake, or placing the oven rack at a higher level.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

i just put them on the next level in the oven.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

Your cookies are burning because the baking sheet is hotter than your cookies. A baking sheet made of stone will never do that. Since we've switched to stoneware we've never burned a single cookie.

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Beware though, the stoneware is expensive. We got ours from Pampered Chef. So in theory we could have gotten it for free by hosting a party.

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February 12, 20100 found this helpful

You should move the rack up one in the oven. You should also buy a better cookie sheet. You will want to look for a thicker one. I try to buy fairly heavy cookie sheet. They provide more even heat distribution. Think of a cast iron pan. How well they cook how much people like them. One thing you will notice is a well seasoned pan does not burn in one spot. I will normally burn all over pretty evenly (if properly seasoned that is) because the metal is so thick it provides great heat distribution meaning that the pan does not have spots that are hotter than other spots. It is uniformly heated. The same thing goes with your cookie sheets cake pans so on and so forth.

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February 13, 20101 found this helpful

I don't know if you have tried this.
Whatever the temperature that is called for in a recipe, say 350 degrees, always set it for higher, 375 degrees.

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Once your oven light goes out.

Put your cookie sheet in the oven and then turn the oven to the desired temperature, in this case back to 350 degrees.
If you heat the oven to the exact temperature and when you open the door to put something in, hot air escapes and the light will go on and your bottom burner will heat up again and turn red, burning your cookies.
Hopes this helps

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

A friend of mine also had the burning problem. She was using aluminum foil to line the bottom of her oven. This created more of a radiant heat. She replaced the foil with a non-stick liner and the burning stopped. Good luck.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

Your oven might be too hot, like mine. This can happen if the thermostat is inaccurate. I have to subtract 150 from the temperature called for in the recipe, which I learned by trial and error. But I since learned that an easier way to test your oven temperature is with an oven thermometer, such as the one shown here: http://www.food  meter-p-959.html

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(Note: an oven thermometer isn't the same thing as a meat thermometer or candy thermometer)
Ask around and you might find someone who will loan you one, rather than having to buy one. Hope that's a help.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

I love my oven stone from Pampered Chef. Yes, it was expensive when I purchased it, but I haven't regretted it.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

Try parchment paper for cookies and turning the heat down a bit. I reuse the parchment for a number of batches until it gets browned/ripped.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with the oven temperature being off answer. My oven would always seen to burn stuff even though I was careful to watch the time, etc.

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I bought an oven thermometer and found it was 50 degrees to hot. So if I need to bake at 350 F., I set it for 300 F, no more problems.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

It may also be that you are filling the oven too full and /or not preheating your oven. If you don't preheat, you get too much heat from the bottom burner, which is on, and there is no hot air above cooking the baked goods. Also if you fill the oven too full, you don't get proper heat circulation, which can also cause the bottoms to burn before the tops bake.

You could have a combination of these problems, as well as the too hot oven and thin pans.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

Stay away from teflon cookie sheets since the dark color attracts the heat. If you have 'em then just put parchment over the when baking.

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February 14, 20101 found this helpful

I agree your oven is baking too hot but for a quick inexpensive remedy just use two cookie sheets. If you have two that are the same size just put one on top of the other.

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November 27, 20161 found this helpful

Most people have a couple of cookie sheets that are identical, they most likely bought them in some kind of combo deal buy one get one free or an actual set that came together maybe from Walmart or Target or some kind of department store that has no right to be selling cooking utensils.... The reason that your cookie bottoms or biscuit bottoms are burning is because the cookie sheet might be too thin....

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A very simple and easy fix for this is to use two cookie sheets, one right on top of the other, you could also put a couple of strips of tin foil in between the two pans....
Like I said, your biscuits or cookies are burning because the pan is heating up faster than the cookies themselves....
You can stop this from happening by using two pans, it'll take twice as long for the pan to heat up....
Or you can go the more expensive route and go out and buy a proper cookie sheet from an actual kitchen utensil store.... It'll be better in the long run and you'll never have to deal with this ever again.... But if you're short on money and you are in a rush, just double up your cookie pans

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

You can also double up your cookie sheets (one on top of the other) and buy an oven liner. They are cheap and you can buy them anywhere. This really helps! Good luck

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August 29, 20170 found this helpful

I bake my Bisquick buttered biscuits in a oven proof glass baking dish and set my electric oven @ 350 degree's ( same temp. for baking cakes ). Baking time is around 25 minutes. Use top centered oven rack for baking. Once my biscuits are done, they are golden brown top & bottom, and crispy top, fluffy center, so..... good !!

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

I read in a magazine last night to place a tray of water in the bottom of the oven so I've just made some buns I put a tray of water on the bottom shelf and my buns on the middle and hey presto no burnt buns.

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