Yankee Swaps are like fruit cakes. No one really likes them but for some reason they are a Christmas staple. For years on Christmas Day we had one, but one by one family members started dropping out, citing reasons like they hated candles or those token invitees always brought crappy gifts. Now those are very valid reasons and I was behind them 100% but this year we thought we might resurrect it. Since I'm now an "adult" (I can't say that or let alone type it without laughing) I decided to take part in it this year. I bought a gift and wrapped it but with the onset of a migraine on Christmas Day I had to leave the party early. Low and behold the next day everyone had forgotten about it anyway! I was psyched because I really wanted to keep my gift.
So for Christmas I got a Silpat! If you don't know what they are read up:
SILPAT® products are a must-have for all bakers. SILPAT® is the original non-stick baking mat. Since 1965, Demarle has been committed to improving your baking experience by introducing top quality products. SILPAT® products never need greasing and replace parchment paper. Using SILPAT® products saves time, money and reduces waste in our environment.
SILPAT® products are great for working with sticky materials such as gooey batter, taffy, caramel, doughs and anything your imagination allows. Nothing sticks to SILPAT®.
SILPAT® Non-Stick Baking Mats are made of fiberglass and food grade silicone. SILPAT® products are completely food safe. Our products are FDA, NSF® and Kosher certified.
I am completely smitten with them! They eliminate the need for parchment paper (which we never had anyway) and the worry that gluten-full cookie residue is left on your pan. They produce a chewy yet crisp baked good that is near impossible to create with an aluminum pan.
I bought the largest size and I already want the littler one too. I was so impressed at how easy it was to clean and get the cookies onto the cooking rack. No more scraping your nonstick pans or soaking to get off burnt bits.