Can you bake cookies in a convection oven? (5 steps to follow)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you bake cookies in a convection oven? We will discuss some tweaks you need to make when you bake in a convection oven and a recipe to bake cookies in a convection oven.

Can you bake cookies in a convection oven?

You can bake cookies in a convection oven. When you bake cookies in a convection oven, they turn out as well as they would in a regular oven. 

For other baked products that need to be fluffy and light after baking, a convection oven can present a hassle. However, there are rules that you can follow to make sure that your cookies turn out as well in a convection oven as they would otherwise.  

To bake cookies in a convection oven, set the temperature to less than 25 Fahrenheit. As heat travels quickly in a convection oven, the cookies need to be cooked at a lesser temperature and for a shorter time. 

The ideal temperature that you should use to bake your cookies in a convection oven is 300 Fahrenheit. After you preheat the oven, cut the frozen dough or fresh dough into rounds and place it on your baking sheet. Ensure the dough blobs are three inches apart. 

What is the difference between a convection oven and a regular oven?

A convection oven heats up food faster than a regular oven which results in quicker baking and cooking. Convection ovens have a fan that circulates air through the oven cavities. In contrast to a regular oven, the air blows on the food, rather than surrounds it. 

As the heat moves around in the oven, it causes the food to cook or heat up in 25 percent less time than it otherwise would. 

Not only do your cookies cook in a shorter time in a convection oven, but it also cooks more evenly causing your food to have a better taste and texture. The convection oven is free of hot and cool spots like regular ovens are, which means you can place cookies on all three racks. 

You can cook as many as 45 cookies on the top rack of a convection oven. However, you need to be sure that your convection oven is a true convection oven, otherwise, the heating elements could present you with troubles that are common in conventional ovens. 

If you expect your cookies to bake in 12 minutes at 375 Fahrenheit, in a convection oven they will be ready in 10 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit. 

If you are new to baking in a convection oven, you will need to closely monitor the status of your baked goods. Try to stay in the kitchen and check up on them frequently. 

What are the tips to make cookies in a convection oven?

  1. The cookie sheet you use must be flat or have a small lip to prevent hindrance in air circulation.
  2. The baking pans must not have tall sides for the same reason.
  3. Place the cookies sparsely with sufficient spaces between them to allow them to cook evenly.
  4. Do not open the oven door as it can make much of the hot air escape. Instead, peek through the glass to check up on your cookies.
  5. You might need to rotate the cookie sheet to allow adequate airflow. 

How to make convection oven chocolate chip cookies?

To carry out this recipe, you need all-purpose flour, ground oats, baking soda, salt, unsalted butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, chocolate chips. 

  • Blend the dry oats in a food processor until it is fine.
  • Add sugar (white and brown), vanilla extract, and butter in the electric mixture and beat on low power.
  • Add the eggs, baking soda, salt, flour, and powdered oats, and mix until it is all finely mixed. 
  • Add the chocolate chips and toffee, if you prefer.
  • Make the dough into a log and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. 
  • Preheat the convection oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line the parchment paper.
  • Place around 2 tablespoons of dough three inches apart and put it in the oven.
  • Bake the cookies until the edges appear golden and the insides look under-baked. Let them sit in the oven for a few minutes or when they feel firm.

As a guideline, cookies baked in a convection oven, take 15 to 22 minutes. The chilled dough takes 15-20 minutes while frozen dough takes 18-22 minutes.  

Other FAQs about Cookies that you may be interested in.

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What happens if you make brownies without eggs?

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In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you bake cookies in a convection oven? We discussed the tweaks you need to make when you bake in a convection oven and a recipe to bake cookies in a convection oven.


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