Hint #1 – Cookies can go from beautiful to burned in no time. To lessen the chance of this happening, take the cookies out of the oven when they are not quite done, but don’t transfer them to the cooling rack right away – let them sit on the hot pan for a minute or two to finish baking. Then transfer to the rack to cool fully.
Hint #2 – If your baking cookies or pies and don’t have a cooling rack, simply line up a bunch of butter knives in alternating directions (first with the blade towards you, then with the blades away from you), and put the baking sheet down on top of them. You can also use old egg cartons.