Silicone Baking Mat Uses – Tips for Using Silpat Baking Mats

A silicone baking mat can take high heat and replace parchment paper for baking & food preparation. I like to use them in lots of unusual ways in my kitchen. You can use them for cookies, of course, but there are lots of other creative Silpat baking mat uses, as well.
A Silicone baking mat can be used for much more than just baking cookies. Check out these 15 creative ways to use Silpat mats.

With a silicone baking mat, baked goods cook on the bottom at the same rate that they do on the top. Don’t waste – instead of using parchment paper or aluminum foil, a silicone mat can be used 3000 times with proper care & cleaning.

There are lots of ways to use this type of baking mat around the house. Check out these creative tips for using Silpat baking mats. They might surprise you!

Another useful kitchen tool is parchment paper. Be sure to also check out my post for creative ways to use parchment paper in the kitchen and around the home.

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What do you use a Silicone baking mat for?

The short answer is just about anything! These handy kitchen mats can go from oven to freezer and can be used to cook, decorate and even do double duty in making crafts.

Silicone baking mats are flexible, non stick and can withstand very high heat. They have very few disadvantages.  Be sure to check out this article for more information on the pros and cons of cooking with silicone kitchen products to learn all about the product.

A Silicone Baking Mat makes Life Easy in the Kitchen.

The one kitchen product that I use all the time is a silicone oven mat.  Most of you have probably heard of using them to make cookies, but these versatile oven mats can be used in many other ways too. Silicone mats can do anything parchment paper can do and a lot more!

The key to the versatility and efficiency of a silicone mat is that it contains a fiberglass grid that does not retain heat the way metal pans do.

This means that your favorite oven baked goods cook evenly all the way through too. Reusable baking mats help our environment by allowing us to waste less too since they can be reused over and over.

These are some of the ways that I make use of my silicone baking mat.

Making whipped cream ghosts

The smaller sized silicone mat is the perfect tool for making my whipped cream ghost cocktail garnish. It has small circles to let me pipe the ghosts and make them even in size.

The whole mat can then go into the freezer to allow the ghosts to set before adding them to drinks.

whipped cream ghosts on a silicone mat with pumpkin and cocktail tools.

Roasting Vegetables:

I love roasted veggies. Cooking them in the oven brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables but it can make a real mess out of roasting pans.  I fix this easily when I use a silicone baking mat for roasting vegetables by placing the mat on a normal baking sheet.

My silpat mat is a bit bigger than my pan, so it forms sides and covers the bottom. Clean up is a breeze with soap and water.  (See my recipe for asparagus wrapped in bacon. It’s delicious and cooks really well on a baking mat!)Use a silicone baking mat for roasting vegetables

Making Decorative Chocolate drizzles.

It is easy to decorate  your cakes to look totally professional.  Just add some melted dark or white chocolate icing (or colored with edible gel) to an icing bag.

Place a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet, and make free form shapes or get extra creative and make forms that resemble trees, stars or whatever you like.

Place the whole baking sheet in the fridge to harden.  Once the icing has cooled, remove the shapes from the Silpat mat by peeling them off the silicone.

Add these decorations to the top of cakes and cupcakes for a professional decorative touch that will have your friends thinking your purchased the baked form chocolate drizzles

Another easy way to do this is to form the silicone mat into a roll, and just drizzle the chocolate (use more than one color for the most effect) over the top of the rolled silicone mat.

Place the roll with the chocolate on it in the fridge to harden and then remove the pieces in random chunks and use to decorate your favorite baked goods.

This YouTube Video shows how to do it with parchment paper but it could be just as easily done with a silicone mat.

Making Pizzas:

Cooking with a silicone baking mat is not just for cookies. Try making pizza on one.  It will let you forget about cleaning up pizza pans! I love to make home made pizza.

I have never not been a fan of store bought pizza and find most retail pizzas way too high in calories, so I make my own and slim it down by making various substitutions.

Making individual pizzas on a silicone baking mat is a breeze.  They end up with a perfect crust, there is no pizza pan to wash and clean up is simple and easy.Cooking with a silicone baking mat is not just for cookies. Try making pizza on one!

Fat free oven potatoes:

Deep frying in oil adds a ton of extra calories to potatoes, but oven fries are a cinch to make on the silicone mats. They crisp up well.  You don’t need to add extra oil (or calories) and can use whatever type of seasoning you like.

An added bonus is that the bottoms get evenly browned, so there is no need to stir them during cooking.

Also, the browned part stays on the potato instead of ripping off onto foil (been there, done that!). They are low calorie, delicious and so easy to do.  The oven mats will take heat up to 450 º F, which makes them perfect for oven baked potatoes.

Looking for a recipe to try this out? These Herb Roasted potatoes with parmesan cheese is a favorite of mine

Roasted herb oven potatoes

Home Made Bread without a pan:

One of my favorite silicone mat uses is making bread without a baking pan.  Crusty home made bread is made for a silicone mat.  I just form mine into any kind of loaf that I want it to be (I love the look of free formed crusty bread!)

Once the loaf is formed, I give it an extra dusting of flour, cut a few slices to make the top pretty and voila!  Perfect crusty bread.One of my favorite silicone mat uses is making Baked Italian bread

Rolling Dough:

Every baker knows what a mess you can make on a counter or cutting board when you are rolling out dough. Use silicone baking mats instead.  The come in several sizes. The larger one is perfect for rolling dough.

Since nothing sticks to a Silpat mat, rolling and kneading dough is such an easy task on them. And no flour all over the counter when you are done. Just scoop up the mat and brush off the remaining flour and wash the mat in soapy water. Easy peasy!

A silicone mat also makes it easy to transfer the prepared dough to a dish (without getting your hands sticky) so that it can rise.

Bread dough

Sizing Cookies:

Not all baking mats are the same.  Some have no markings at all, and some are imprinted with markings that make cooking making a breeze.

Baking cookies is the most often used reason to try a silicone baking mat.  I have lots of different baking mats that I save for various purposes but the markings on this mat get the spacing right for cookies every time.

Using a mat like this makes it easy to space cookies on it, which is perfect for cooking with children. Some mats even have a neat grid marking pattern along the edges of it which is useful for measuring other types of baked goods.

Baking mat with cookie markings

Forming Cheese cups:

This a neat tip for how to use a Silpat mat. Grate some Parmesan cheese and form it into a circle on the silicone baking mat. Bake it until it is golden brown. Remove with a silicone spatula and place over the top of a small glass and form into a cup while the cheese is still warm.

Let if form a cup shape and harden.  Add your fillings. The Parmesan cups are super crispy. Try doing that on a piece of aluminum foil in the oven. It’s not going come off if you do!

Parmesan cheese cupsMaking Fudge:

When I make fudge, I often like to line the pan it is made i for easy removal of the fudge,  but sometimes aluminum foil leaves little bits when it is peeled off.  Instead use a silicone baking mat. Form it to the inside of your pan and add the fudge ingredients.

Silpat mats are perfect for any sort of candy making, because ingredients don’t stick to them! See more tips for making perfect fudge here.

Line a pan with a silicone mat to make fudge

You will love how easily it comes out of the pan!

Flash freezing fruit

Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and then either cut the fruit up into chunks or leave it whole (if smallpieces) and place the whole baking sheet in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Silicone mats not only like the heat, they are also great for temps as low as -40 º, you will have a great batch of frozen fruit to use in smoothies or fruit popsicles later.  Just the mat is all you need for perfect frozen fruit.

Doing this allows you to use fresh fruit in season to save on money. Try my strawberry frozen yogurt popsicle recipe. The kids will love them this summer.

frozen berries

Making Swiss Rolls

Using a Silpat baking mat to bake and roll a Swiss Roll cake makes this baking project a breeze. The cake mixture is baked on the pan and then filling is added and the whole cake is rolled right on the silicone mat.

This tutorial for a watercolor cake roll from Liv for Cake shows just how easy it can be to make a Swiss roll. Watercolor cake roll from Liv for Cake

Dipping Chocolate.

Anyone who has dipped candy pieces or strawberries in chocolate knows just how messy this task can be and what a disaster your counter and wire rack looks like after the job.  Use a silicone baking mat instead. The chocolate won’t stick to the mat and clean up is a breeze.

Just dip the chocolates in melted chocolate, let them harden in the fridge and then peel off to remove without a mess. Drizzled strawberries are done the same way but need a little more clean up later. See my tips for perfectly drizzled chocolate here.

Dipped chocolates are easy to make on a silicone mat


This is one time when the high heat of the silicone baking mat is not as important as the even cooking that the mats provide.  Meringues are cooked at a very low temperature and these mats will give you fluffy and crispy meringues with just the right texture.

Just pipe your egg whites into meringue shapes and bake them at a low temperature. They will be perfectly cooked on the bottom and the sides and you have far less likelihood of burning the bottoms.

Make meringues on a silicone mat for even heating

Fruit Roll Ups

Silicone mats make a great base on which to cook fruit roll ups.  The mixture won’t stick like it does with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and remains pliable after baking.

Once your fruit mixture has cooled, you can cut a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to place the mixture on so that you can then cut it into rolls.  For a tasty strawberry fruit roll up recipe, try this one from Life Currents..Fruit rollups are easy to make on silicone mats

Get Crafty!

It is not just edible projects that can be made on Silpat mats.  You can get crafty with DIY projects, as well.  Place cookie cutters and fill them with peppermints to make ornaments.

Protect your Work Surface

Crafts and DIY projects can be messy.  Use large silicone baking mats to protect your work surface and make clean up easier later. Keep a work surface clean with a silpat mat

Glue drips will peel right off and even messy acrylic paints are a breeze to clean up.

Make ornaments and candy cane crafts

Another idea is to lay out candy canes on a mat and then, while the mixture is still warm, wrap it around an upside down shot glass and form the soft peppermint into shape.  Use Silpat baking mats to make peppermint crafts

This idea can be used to make candy bowls and other crafts, too by using normal bowls to drape the melted peppermint or candy cane over to form the shape.

Bake Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is often used to make jewelry.  A silicone baking mat makes a great work surface to form the pieces of clay.Use silpat mats for forming and cooking polymer clay

Silpat mats make it easy to transport small pieces to the oven.  It also allows it to cool very quickly so you don’t need to worry about pot holders or oven mitts.

Just make sure that if you use a cookie sheet for your clay, do not use it later for food.

For Nail Art:

The pattern on silicone mats can be used to create reverse stamping for nail art.  It is much easier to do that the normal process and looks great when done.Silicone mats can be used for reverse stamping for nail art

This video shows how it is done.

Care tips and features for Silpat Baking Mats

The answers to questions on how to use a Silpat mat are very easy.  These are some general care instructions.

  • Clean up with warm water, a soap and a sponge and air dry.
  • Store flat or rolled into a tube
  • Don’t cut on the mats or resize them with scissors.  This will break the fiberglass fibers
  • Silpat mats can take temperatures from -40º to 450º F
  • Food grade silicone makes them safe to use and types labeled “food grade” are the best type of silicone mat to buy if you plant to cook on them.
  • They are safe and non toxic – great for cooking with children
  • They makes a great work surface for food and craft projects
  • Silicone mats need no added oil, so they are calorie friendly!
  • These mats are best hand washed, instead of in the dishwasher, although most are labeled dishwasher safe
  • Don’t put directly on grill racks since this may make the temperature too hot, or allow the food to drip over the edges.

Silicone kitchen products include baking mats, muffin and cupcake pans, utensils as well as items like silicone ice cube trays. Be sure to check out my article showing lots of uses for silicone extra large ice cube trays here.

Admin note:  This post originally appeared on my site in April of 2015.  It has been revised and adapted to add new creative ideas and photos. I have also added a video for you to enjoy.

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Creative uses for silicone baking mats

Silicone Baking Mat Uses - Tips for Using Silpat Baking Mats

Creative ways to use silicone baking mats

There are lots of ways to use silicone baking mats other than for making cookies. Check out these ideas!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Roast Vegetables
  • Make Fudge
  • Roll out bread dough and transfer it to baking sheets
  • Flash freeze fruit for smoothies
  • Drizzle chocolate and keep counters clean
  • Bake bread without a bread pan
  • Make Christmas Ornaments
  • Make Candy Cane Shot Glasses
  • Protect your work surface
  • Form and Bake Polymer Clay for Jewelry
  • Reverse stamp for nail art


  • Silicone Baking Mat
  • Oven
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Polymer Clay
  • Nail polish


  1. Use silicone mats in place of parchment paper to line baking sheets and pans for any oven recipe
  2. Line fudge pans to make the finished fudge easy to release.
  3. Knead your bread and form a loaf right on the silicone mat. No need for a bread pan
  4. Markings make it easy for kids to help with cookie making.
  5. Save calories by baking your potatoes instead of deep frying them. They won't stick to the mat!
  6. Roll your polymer clay for jewelry and bake right on the mat.
  7. Reverse stamp on your nails by transferring the design from a silicone mat.


Silicone mats will take heat to at least 450 degrees and can be used in the freezer too.

They are dishwasher safe and save money on cooking spray or parchment paper

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  25 comments for “Silicone Baking Mat Uses – Tips for Using Silpat Baking Mats

  1. 02/16/2017 at 7:21 pm

    Is it safe to use a silicone baking mat underneath a cooking rack (sitting in a baking pan) to catch drips
    or is it necessary to have some food on the mat. In other words, can you safely use the mat as a ‘liner’ to catch drips, etc, from a cooking rack without having any food on it to distribute the heat?

    • Carol
      02/16/2017 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Nancy. To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I do know that they make silicone mats that are intended to do just that job, so I assume they are safe when used that way. I can’t imagine why that would be a problem. Carol

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  3. arlyne
    11/25/2017 at 1:20 pm

    do i need to grease when recipe calls for greased cookie sheet if i amusing a silpat

    • Carol
      11/25/2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Arlyne. No greasing is necessary on silicone baking mats.

    • Hello World
      05/22/2020 at 10:16 am

      No, do not grease. That’s the beauty of silicone mat, you don’t need to grease or spray or flour. It makes the pan non-stick and bottoms don’t burn as quickly.

  4. Laura
    01/30/2019 at 10:14 pm

    can I use a silicone mat to put over my glass container that I am using to cook my meal in – I don’t have a cover for the glass and I don’t want to use tin foil – I thought maybe these silicone mats might do the trick?

    • Carol
      02/03/2019 at 10:27 am

      Hi Laura, I have never tried it but I can’t see why it would not work. Silicone mats are thick though and it may not let oven air into the container as well as foil. Parchment paper might work better.

  5. Adriana
    04/15/2019 at 1:56 am

    Can I use round silicone mats to line a stovetop pan?

    • Carol
      04/16/2019 at 9:41 am

      Hi Adriana. I’m not sure what temperature the pan will get on the stove, so I can’t say for sure. They are meant for ovens, not stove top.

      • Teri Inskeep
        06/23/2019 at 6:32 pm

        Can I use the same silicone mat for cookies as for cooking Oretega Frozen Tater Tots?

        • Carol
          06/23/2019 at 6:41 pm

          Hi Teri. You can but I have several that I keep for different types of projects. Some discolor more than others.

  6. Marcia
    11/03/2019 at 1:01 am

    Have you ever roasted frozen vegetables on a silicone mat? Normally the cookie sheet with a tablespoon of oil is heated in the oven at 450 F. The frozen vegetables, coated in more oil are added to the heated pan, then left to roast in the oven for about 20 minutes. It’s hard on the pan. Would it work with a silicone mat?

    • Carol Speake
      11/03/2019 at 12:50 pm

      I roast vegetables on mine all the time and it works well.The mat gets quite dingy looking over time but still gives a non stick finish.

  7. Robin Rogerson
    11/04/2019 at 11:12 am

    Is it necessary to coat the vegetables with oil before roasting them on a silicone mat?

    • Carol Speake
      11/09/2019 at 11:15 am

      I normally add at least a bit of oil. They won’t stick but the vegetables will taste better and not dry out as much if some oil is added.

  8. Theresa
    01/13/2020 at 2:18 pm

    Can this mat be used in a Ninja AirFry oven?

    • Carol Speake
      01/13/2020 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Theresa. You need special air flow mats for air fryers, I believe. Amazon has them for sale.

  9. Ed
    02/15/2020 at 12:56 pm

    You recommend “Clean up with warm water, a soap and a sponge and air dry”

    I generally use them for roasting, so oil is involved. No matter how thorough I clean them using your suggested method, after they dry, and sit a while, they feel slimy.

    I find the only way to get rid of most of that slime is to use substitute the sponge for a dish washing brush, but in the past when I inquired about this, I was advised not to use a brush. What do you think?

    • Carol Speake
      02/16/2020 at 2:32 pm

      I think the main problem with using a brush is that you MIGHT break the fibers, depending on the brush. I do agree, that it is hard to keep the mats clean. That is the one downside to them in my opinion.

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