Is parchment paper and wax
paper the same?
Q: Dear Hope: In the past they lined pans with wax
paper for baking cookies, etc., is parchment paper and wax paper
the same only a name change?
A: Waxed paper and parchment paper are not the same.
Waxed paper is tissue paper coated
on both sides with a paraffin wax which helps the paper resist
moisture and grease but will melt or burn if it comes in direct
contact with the heat source.
Parchment paper is paper that
is coated with silicone, making it moisture and grease resistant.
Unlike waxed paper, it can withstand exposure to temperatures
up to 420°F (215°C) in the oven. Parchment paper will
brown when exposed to oven heat, but won't burn. It should not
be used in ovens heated above 420°F (215°C) or under
Parchment paper is more expensive
of the two, but works far better for lining pans for baked foods.
Fact is, I would not recommend baking cookies on a waxed paper-lined
pan because the paper can get hot enough to smoke.