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Recipes such as http://paleoleap.com/avocado-banana-chocolate-cookies/ say to line baking sheet with parchment paper. Why can't we just grease the baking sheet?

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Usually you can - our great-grandmothers didn't have parchment paper.

There are a few cases where parchment is preferrable, usually with very, very sticky dough. It saves time when it comes to scrubbing the cookie sheet.

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I resisted using parchment for a long time to wanting to start with a single use item. Then, on America’s Test Kitchen (or one of its other franchises), they said they use it until it falls apart. Now, I almost always use it so I don’t have to scrub the cooked grease/oil off my pans.

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  • Welcome and thanks for your input. If you take the tour and browse through the help center, especially How to Answer, you will notice that this post doesn’t really answer the question - it’s not about how to use parchment, but whether it’s really necessary. I would recommend an edit to ensure that your post answers the question. – Stephie May 29 at 17:34
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Besides assisting in easy clean up, parchment paper provides more even cooking and baking and a neater way to make straight cuts in baked goods. For more details, see: https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/cooking-tips-tutorials/a93622/7-reasons-to-use-parchment-paper/

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