How to Remove Burnt Sugar From a Cookie Sheet Pan

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Scouring pads

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Hot mitts

Remove burnt sugar from your cookie sheets before you use them again.

Burnt sugar will blacken your cookie sheet, leave shards of sugar on the metal, and make it difficult to bake cookies until the pan is cleaned. Rather than spend hours scrubbing your cookie sheet or scraping the surface with a knife, try using a weak acid solution such as vinegar followed by a hydrogen peroxide bath to loosen and dissolve the burnt sugar. It's much easier to clean the cookie sheet once the burnt sugar is soft.


Step 1

Place the cookie sheet outdoors on a flat surface.

Step 2

Pour vinegar onto the cookie sheet until the entire surface is coated. Leave the sheet outside to soak overnight, then pour off any remaining vinegar.

Step 3

Scrub and rinse the cookie sheet in hot water. If the burnt sugar remains, continue scrubbing.

Step 4

Pour hydrogen peroxide onto the cookie sheet, and bake it 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiling action of the hydrogen peroxide works to dissolve the burnt sugar.


Step 5

Remove the cookie sheet from the oven with hot mitts.

Step 6

Pour the remaining peroxide down the drain, and let the cookie sheet cool until it is safe to handle. Scrub the cookie sheet with scouring pads. Repeat as necessary until the cookie sheet is clean.



James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.