Updated: Mar 9
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Whether you are just starting into baking or if you are simply looking for a few gadgets to make baking cookies easier, faster, and better, this post will walk you through my absolute faves. I have been in the cake business for years and almost exclusively buy from Amazon because, well, it's so convenient. So here are the links to the tools I use in my kitchen!
1. Silicone Baking Mats. The biggest reason I like these mats is because they are pre-cut. You don't have to measure out paper and cut it. They are re-usable and dishwasher safe. They are great in the oven and the freezer. These are vital if you are making the "Swig" style sugar cookies because the cookie releases from the mat and then goes straight into the freezer.
2. Cookie Scoop. If you don't have a cookie scoop yet, WHY? When we moved back into our house I (of course) decided to make cookie dough. I got the dough made and realized I'd left my cookie scoop in a box that hadn't been moved yet. I had to use a regular spoon and my hands and it took forever. Not to mention, the dough-balls were not the same size so they baked unevenly. I like the medium and big scoops for everyday cookies. Occasionally, I use a JUMBO scoop. I promise if you only use a scoop one time, it pays for itself.
3. Baking Sheet. This might sound obvious, but you need a pan to bake your cookies on. But, it's important to have a good pan. I remember when I first got married and knew nothing about baking. I went to Walmart and bought the cheapest piece of metal I could find. Don't do that. You will regret it as much as I did. They warp. They flake. They are no good. I have LOVED my Nordic baking sheets. They do the job and they clean up better than other brands I've tried.
4. A Good Mixer Like Bosch. Once you have a counter-top mixer, you'll never go back to hand beaters. Having a power-horse like Bosch will open up a lot more possibilities in your kitchen other than cookies. In order to prevent flat cookies, it's important to get more flour in the dough, which is hard to do with those wimpy hand mixers. Don't get me wrong. Hand-mixers come in handy at times, but not for thick cookie dough. If you are new to Bosch, check out my article on Bosch Mixer Hacks!
5. Or KitchenAid. I've used both KitchenAid and Bosch. You can't go wrong with either one. If you are ready to invest in a high-quality mixer and need help deciding which one to go with, check out my KitchenAid vs. Bosch post.
6. Flour and Sugar Jars With Wide Mouths. These are a bit of a splurge, but so worth it. I love the look of them. They can sit on my counter and add to the decor of my kitchen, but most importantly, they are easy to fill and easy to scoop out of. You can dip your entire measuring cup into these and not worry about making a huge mess on your counter. I have three. One for flour, one for sugar and one for bread flour. I plan on getting one more for cake flour soon!