You might have come across the terms ‘cookie sheet,’ ‘baking sheet,’ ‘cooking sheet,’ or ‘sheet pan’? So, which is the correct term to use in the English language? We’ll cover that in more detail in this article, plus teach you how to use the correct term in a sentence.
In short, there are slight differences between a cookie sheet, a baking sheet, a cooking sheet, and a sheet pan.
As you just learned, there’s a difference between ‘cookie sheets’ and ‘baking pans.’ The difference is that ‘baking pans’ usually have rolled edges. ‘Cookie sheets’ usually don’t have rolled edges.
You also learned that a ‘sheet pan’ is the same thing as a ‘baking pan.’ Therefore, they could be considered homophones.
Some people like to use the terms interchangeably, but ‘sheet pans’ aren’t the same thing as ‘cookie sheets.’
A ‘sheet pan’ is used for roasting vegetables, sheet cakes, and more.
A ‘cookie sheet’ is used for baking cookies.
Sheet pans come in half sheets or full sheets.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘cookie sheet’ is a flat rectangle of metal used for baking cookies or biscuits.
The definition of ‘baking sheet’ is a rectangular metal sheet with a rolled edge used for baking.
The same dictionary defines ‘sheet pan’ as a baking sheet. However, as we already went over, there are variations in the sizes of pans and names within the baking industry.
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know how to pronounce them and what they mean, let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence.
Now let’s see some examples of ‘baking sheet’ in a sentence.
Remember, ‘baking sheet’ and ‘sheet pan’ are essentially the same thing. Therefore, you can use these terms interchangeably in your writing.
To recap, you learned that ‘cookie sheets’ and ‘baking sheets’ are similar, but the former has rolled edges, and the other doesn’t. A ‘sheet’ pan is the same as a ‘baking pan.’
It might be confusing trying to keep these straight, but you can always come back here for a quick refresher if you need to. We’ve got a whole library of content dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases in the English language. Go check it out sometime.
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