What is a silicone baking mat?

Silicone baking mats also known as Silpats® are a baker’s best friend and a super useful toaster oven accessory. They’re great for baking cookies and roasting vegetables without the mess of added oil or the waste of parchment paper. Learn more about these convenient little mats, how we use them in our toaster oven and where you can purchase them below.

Toaster oven cookies on a silicone baking mat lined pan.

What is a silicone baking mat?

A silicone baking mat is a non-stick, reusable, food-safe silicone pan liner.

Is that different from a Silpat®?

Silpat® is a brand of silicone baking mats, similar to how Kleenex® is a brand of tissues.

Silpat® is our favorite brand and the brand of mats that we use for all of our toaster oven recipes

We purchased their smaller ‘Toaster’ version for our old mid-sized Oster. It measures 7-7/8-inch x 10-7/8-inch and is made for use with an 8-inch x 11-inch pan.

For our larger Breville Smart Oven Pro (BOV845BSS) we own the ‘Petite Jelly Roll’ size. It measures 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ and fits nicely in most quarter sheet pans.

What food can you cook on a silicone baking mat?

Sweet potato hand pies on a toaster oven baking sheet

The Silpat® mats we use can be put in the oven, freezer and are great for rolling out pie and biscuit doughs too! The toaster oven and quarter sheet pan mats are oven safe up to 480°F and freezer safe to -40°F.

In a toaster oven, you can use them to:

If you’ve got lots of extra cookie dough leftover from your favorite “Big Oven” recipe, you can roll the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with a mat in the freezer. Once frozen, the dough balls will be easy to remove and bag for baking later. We also shared this idea in our 5 Tips That Will Make You A Toaster Oven Cookie Baking Expert post. 

How do you use a silicone baking mat in a toaster oven?

Cookie dough on a toaster oven sheet pan lined with a baking mat.

A quick disclaimer: Since toaster ovens vary, you should always review the manual that came with your toaster oven and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for materials that are acceptable to use in your specific oven.

Here’s how we use a baking mat in our toaster oven: 

  • We place the baking mat on the sheet pan before adding the food items.
  • Then we proceed with cooking as the recipe directs.

The non-stick surface eliminates the need to grease the pan or use parchment paper (which you don’t want to put in a toaster oven anyway).

After each use, we rinse the mat clean with warm water and air-dry. If needed, you can wash the mat with mild dish soap but I always make sure to rinse it thoroughly.

Using silicone baking mats over the years, we’ve found they do absorb strong savory flavors.

Roasted vegetables on a quarter sheet pan.

So that our cookies don’t end up tasting like onions, we own 2 mats. One we use for savory dishes like roasted vegetables for toaster oven calzones and the other is for sweets like these double chocolate cookies.

Are there things you shouldn’t do with a silicone baking mat?

Yep, there are.

Don’t use knives or other sharp objects on the baking mat.

Also, don’t cut it. Tempting as it might be, do not try to cut a larger mat to fit your toaster oven pan.

Most silicone baking mats have a fiberglass mesh sandwiched between the layers of silicone. Cutting the mats could cause the fiberglass to get into your food.

Don’t use the mat when broiling food or place a baking mat directly on a heat source like your stovetop or a hot plate.

Where can you buy toaster oven silicone baking mats?

Quarter Sheet Pan Silicone Baking Mat

You can usually find Silpat® mats on Amazon, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, and Target. There are a variety of different silicone baking mats online, these are just the ones we use and like.

Many silicone baking mats are too large for some toaster ovens and the cookie sheets in most toaster oven pan sets. Make sure to measure the area of your toaster oven baking pan before shopping to ensure any mat you get will fit.

Happy Baking!

26 Comments

    1. Hi Vivian,

      Foil might be an option but you’ll want to refer to your toaster oven’s manual or check with the manufacturer first as some do advise against lining the broiling pan with foil.

  1. Thank you so much for providing this website. I have just purchased an Oster Digital 6 slice toaster and convection oven and cannot wait to start using it. I have learned so much from your website already and have loved the recipes and cannot wait to try them. This appliance along with my slow cooker will be my go to cooking vehicles. I am ready to downsize and hoping this Oster will make things easier cooking for one.

  2. Hi I was just wondering if it can fit a half sheet pan for baking?..i have a USA half sheet pan and i want to use it..and also is it ok to bake french macarons for this one?thank you.

    1. Hi Maria,

      It’s going to depend on the size of your toaster oven, a half sheet pan measures 18 in × 13 in. Most larger toaster ovens can still only fit a Quarter Sheet pan which is about 9 x 13 in. and still leave enough room for good air circulation. You’d need a very large oven to use a half sheet pan.

      I haven’t tried making french macarons in our toaster oven but I’m sure it can be done. You might just need to play around a bit with the temperature settings. I found this post that has some helpful tips: https://www.bakingkneads.com/how-to-make-macarons-without-an-oven/

  3. Does the 1/4 sheet pan-sized Silpat fit on the 12″ x 12″ baking pan that comes with the Breville Smart Oven Pro? The interior dimensions are a little smaller and it looks like it might have to curl up a bit (which may not be a problem). Thanks for the site!

    1. Hi Shana!

      Unfortunately, Silpat® doesn’t make a mat that perfectly fits the Breville 12 x 12 pan. (There might be other companies that do – we just really like this brand so we haven’t tried others)

      The toaster oven-sized one fits width-wise but leaves about 3-inches uncovered across the top.

      The petite jelly roll size that fits a quarter sheet pan is a little too long width-wise and does curl up at the sides just like you thought it might. It also leaves about 3-inches uncovered at the top of the pan.

      They have an octagonal one that’s labeled for a microwave but it can be used in the oven. It does fit in the pan but leaves about 2.25-inches uncovered at each corner of the pan.

      Personally, I’m not a big fan of using the 12 x 12 pan for baking as the bump in the middle leaves strange ridges on my cookies. Since our Smart Oven Pro fits a quarter sheet pan, I use it with the petite jelly roll mat for baking. Then I use the 12 x 12 pan for roasting, the darker color of the pan really helps things get browned and crisped.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment – sorry I couldn’t help more 🙂

      1. No, this is very helpful and good options to ponder! Thanks so much Brie. (Hadn’t noticed the ridge yet, so far we have only made focaccia, which worked out nicely both times! Some cornmeal helped it from sticking this time around.)

  4. GREAT article. I, too have spent several hours on your site, as I am new to toaster oven cooking. I inherited a Kenmore Elite convection toaster oven with the studio apartment I just moved into. And a cooktop. the micro is hardly worth mentioning. This was so timely.

    I have a number of Temptations ceramic bakeware that I bought over the years from QVC. From reading your article, probably not safe in my toaster oven.

    I also have a beautiful borosilicate pie pan. This glass is very different from the components in the glass of a pyrex pan. I did read up on it, and I don’t remember the differences, but it has to do with the ingredients in the glass. do you have any ideas about borosilicate in a toaster oven. I can’t find anything on line. It seems to me the best bet is metal pans. thence know one is safe. I did not know about parchment paper, and have used my silicone coated paper from King Arther several times without a problem, even having a little that rides up over the edge of the pan. So I will watch that.

    I don’t like the silat because cleaning is really difficult. Oils stick, get under the mat and stick to the pan. Difficult to clean, and leave a residue that over time just tastes terrible. I wonder I f anyone has any suggestions about that? I am sad not to be able to use my Temp-tations, but will finally, reluctantly give it away…..:(. Thanks for all your hard work and sharing your wisdom. Now on to baking sweet potatoes.!

    1. Hi Jiwa,

      Don’t give away those beautiful Temptations baking dishes!

      I reached out to their support recently (after a super helpful reader named Trish told me about them) and they confirmed “Temp-tations can be used in a Toaster Oven as long as the ceramics is 4-6 inches away from the heating element. Temp-tations can be used in a Convection oven.” If you’re not sure about a baking dish, always check with the manufacturer if you can, you never know what they’ll say!

      Yeah, I agree silicone mats can be a pain in the rear to keep clean if you use them for savory cooking. I know some people roll them up and put them in the top rack of their dishwasher. We tried that and didn’t see a big difference.

      There are some videos on YouTube that use methods I haven’t tried before like lemon juice and baking soda. We have a very dirty/old mat that I’m going to use them on and I’ll update this post if they work. Here’s a link to one of them in case you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gogf_Aqq5KY

      As far as glass goes, I just avoid using it in our toaster ovens/countertop ovens. Like you said it’s hard to find manufacturer information on older materials and I don’t need more things to worry about when cooking – I’m dangerous enough on my own 🙂

      Welcome to the toaster oven club, happy cooking!

  5. Hey there,
    JUST bought new TO , Oster medium size convection, after 8 years without one, and have been reading your blog for 2 hours , lol.
    I have some questions, I am going to purchase items to bake with since that’s my primary purpose, after reading everything it seems metal is the best , pie tins, sheets, brad loaf pans, all metal? I have some silicone baking items from Tupperware do we know if those are ok? And I have some Corning Ware pieces which I will try to check the website for specific items.. planning on buying a mini muffin tin since mine won’t fit, so metal is the best right? And for donuts also ? have you tried ? pizzas that are soft dough on a pan, but frozen directly on rack?
    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Congrats on your new toaster oven, Shani!

      Metal pans are great because they’re pretty consistent. I also like using them because I can focus on baking and not have to worry about anything else that can possibly go wrong.

      That said, I’d check with Tupperware and see if your silicone bakeware can be used in the toaster oven. So far, any of the companies I’ve contacted about their silicone bakeware have either said a flat-out “no” or just “we don’t know.” I’ve yet to get a “sure, you can do that” 🙂

      Metal mini muffin pans work great in toaster ovens.

      Also, if you’re looking for a 6-cup muffin tin Nordic Ware recently came out with a line of compact oven pans that includes a nice muffin pan. I just picked it up and it fits in our tiny little Oster and bakes nicely. We also really liked the mini pie pans. Some of the pans are available on Amazon but you can see all of them on the Nordic Ware site (https://www.nordicware.com/bakeware/compact-ovenware).

      Casaware also makes a 6-cup muffin tin that doesn’t have handles so it fits in a lot of smaller ovens. I’ve used it for a few of our muffin recipes, like these cornbread zucchini ones (https://toasterovenlove.com/cornbread-zucchini-muffins/).

      You should have no problem fitting a metal mini donut pan but the larger 6-donut pan might be an issue, depending on the manufacturer. We were able to fit the Wilton brand one in our old medium Oster by removing the baking rack and sliding the pan into the rack guides but your oven may have a different design.

      Your absolutely right, frozen pizzas do best directly on the rack.

      For fresh, one of our readers has had great success starting with the dough on the pan and then sliding the pizza onto the rack about 1/2 to 2/3 through the cooking time. That way the crust gets nice and crispy.

      Hope that was helpful (and not overwhelming) if you have any other questions feel free to ask 🙂

      Happy Baking!
      Brie

  6. i have a question.
    at the moment i own a cuisinart toaster oven that has the ceramic brick inside. i have been thinking about buying the large breville as a replacement so that i can do more baking in it. i’m interested because i don’t want to heat up the house much.
    how does the breville compare with other toaster ovens you have tried regarding the amount of heat given off into the room? i’d like something really insulated.

    thank you. i’ll go down and bake some sweet potatoes in the one i have right now….

    1. Hi Jean!

      We’ve cooked with one small and one medium Oster, the large Cuisinart Chef Convection Oven and the Breville Smart Oven Pro (BOV845BSS).

      The Osters don’t give off much heat since they are smaller. Both the Cusinart and the Breville give off a lot of heat, nowhere near what our full-sized oven does but it is noticeable. That said, both of those countertop ovens cook beautifully.

      The Cuisinart now lives in a small kitchenette at Tim’s office. He says no one complains about the heat and they haven’t had any issues with the cabinets.

      Before we got a cutting board for the top of the Breville our upper cabinets were always warm to the touch after using the machine and we did have an issue with some paint peeling too.

      We haven’t cooked with the newest Breville Air Oven which is the one I think you’re talking about. If you’re on Facebook, I highly recommend joining this Breville Smart Oven Air Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/127215904662130/) there are a lot of bakers in the group and it’s a great way to get an overview of what cooking with the oven would be like (struggles, accessories, etc.)

      Hope the sweet potatoes were delish, now you’ve got me craving some 🙂

  7. I own a Breville Toaster oven that has a square 11 x 11 pan. I can’t find a silpat to fit it. I have a smaller one that only covers part of the pan. Any ideas where I can find one to fit my oven pan?

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      I haven’t seen a square mat before but there is an octagon shaped one. Obviously, it would not be a perfect fit but it might give you more surface area to work with.

      It’s marketed by Silpat as a Microwave Mat but according to the Q&A section at Bed Bath & Beyond it can be used “in a convection oven as long as it doesn’t exceed 500°F and is not exposed to the direct flame.”

      BBB has the mat’s measurements listed as 10.5″ L x 10.7″ W, you can see it here.

  8. I love coming to your site to find “things” and “how to’s” for my recently purchased toaster oven.
    Silpat quarter sheet mats are on the way..

    I have had my TO for two months now and have not turned on my range oven since I got it.. :O)

    Off to read the 5 tips for baking cookies now..

    1. Ross, I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the site and having such a good time with your new toaster oven!

      Can’t wait to hear about all the tasty creations you make with those Silpats 🙂

      Happy Baking!

    1. Hi Jen,

      I’d think so but I’ve reached out to a lot of companies and NONE have responded that their products are toaster oven-safe. They usually say either their bakeware works best in an oven or that they haven’t tested the bakeware in a toaster oven.

    1. Hi James, my mother has the Breville Air and I know on the standard settings she uses a silpat to line her baking pan without a problem.

      I’m not sure if it can be used with the air fryer setting or the air fryer basket though. I’d check with Breville’s customer service on that. If you’re in the US their number is (866) 273-8455.

      Also, if you’re on Facebook there are two great groups dedicated to that specific oven you might want to check out.
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/127215904662130/
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1257701644355831/

  9. Thank you for this guide! I just bought a toaster oven and am still trying to find the best way to use it. So glad I came across your blog before trying to put parchment paper in there!

    1. Yesica, I’m so glad you found it helpful. Congratulations on your new toaster oven!

      Happy cooking and welcome to the toaster oven club 🙂
      Brie

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