Substitutes for cooling racks: This time of year, lots of baking sheets are going in and out of the oven filled with cookies and other treats. They're also being placed on your kitchen counter, and with so much activity you might run out of cooling racks to set them on. Here are a few substitutes for cooling racks. Muffin tins and (cardboard) egg trays can both be turned upside down and used to hold fresh-from-the-oven cookie sheets or hot pies or cakes. Alternatively, you can place a group of canning rings, like the lid of a mason jar, on the counter, then place the hot confection on top.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor