If you don’t know it by now, baking can be tricky. Baking 101: a series of how-tos and what’s-what when it comes to home baking.The small stuff, explained. What’s tricky is that, when you read a recipe (and you should totally read a recipe before you get in the kitchen) it’s hard to know which steps are super important, and which steps you can flub a bit. Use two baking sheets and both oven racks. Here I should note that you should never move an oven rack that has a baking dish or pan on it. The short answer is Yes! Today: Oven rack position can make or break your cakes and cookies. When a recipe leaves you hanging, Alice's rules will save you. In a fan oven, the position should not be important. (Not recommended) Using Both Racks. Bake a tray of cookies on the bottom rack, and it's pretty likely you'll have burnt bottoms. The correct rack position will ensure even baking. For two trays of cookies space them evenly. The middle rack is generally the safest option. However, there are slight differences to each rack. You want your food to be in the center of the oven, which usually means the oven rack should be in the center of the oven. In most cases having the oven rack in the center will also allow the food to be in the center. If you have to move a rack once the oven is hot, make sure to use oven mitts or thick oven pads, and use both hands to re-position the rack. The oven heat does not stay on consistently throughout baking, but rather works in bursts of heat. Try baking a pizza on the top rack of your oven and you just won't get that crispy bottom crust. So many finicky details make the difference in baking. My Angel Food cake recipe goes on the third rack down because of the height of the cake and pan. The position of the rack in the oven is almost as important as the baking temperature! For safety’s sake, it is best to adjust the racks before pre-heating the oven. When baking cookies or biscuits, in an oven with no fan, use rack positions near but not at the highest position in the oven. Usually the oven rack goes in the center of the oven. CENTER RACK: MOST OF THE TIME. Why should the oven rack be in the middle position when baking the cookies Why from NS 415 at Kaplan University Shop the Story. I have 5 places for racks in my oven so I place them on the second and forth position. And pan rotation is important for even baking too. The racks should be set in the next-to-highest and next-to-lowest levels.