Favorite Cookie Baking Tools and Equipment

Favorite Cookie Baking Tools and Equipment


Baking homemade cookies is a lot more enjoyable when you have the right tools and equipment. Here’s a list of items that will help insure cookie baking success.

Baking Pans and Cookie Sheets: Come in a wide variety of styles and materials. Dark metal pans absorb heat and will cause cookies and brownies to brown more quickly. Shiny metal pans mirror heat making them perfect for more delicate baked treats. Air-cushioned sheets provide additional protection from burning but make it difficult to acquire golden brown cookies. Glass pans carry heat more effectively so your oven temperature needs to be modificated down 25 degrees when using them. I prefer dull, light colored heavy duty aluminum baking pans. Basic pan sizes you’ll want in your collection include:

  • 9 X 13-inch
  • 8-inch square
  • 9-inch square
  • 9-inch round
  • Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although many books suggest rimless pans for baking cookies, I have had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.

Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless steel.

Wooden Spoons: Great for stirring brownies batter

Measuring Spoons: One or two sets of graduated spoons designed specifically for measuring

Measuring Cups: A 2-cup glass or plastic one for liquids that has a spout and a set of dry graduated measuring cups

Spatulas: One thin metal spatula for removing cookies from the pan and a associate of plastic spatulas for scraping cookie dough and brownie batter from bowls into baking pans

Whisks: One or two medium to large whisks for mixing both dry and wet elements

Ice Cream Scoops: Small ice cream scoops make easy, speedy work of dropping cookie dough onto pans. They’re one of my favorite inexpensive cookie making tools

Microplane: A wonderful tool for zesting and grating zest from citrus fruit and chocolate

Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a breeze and are obtainable in a wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner you are able to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.

Parchment Paper: An indispensable aid for quick and easy baking. obtainable in both rolls and sheets, I bake all my cookies on parchment lined sheets for the easiest clean-up

Wire Racks: For cooing your cookies and brownies

Electric Mixer: I love my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, for making brownies and cookies. If you only bake sometimes or have limited space, start with one or the other. If you bake a lot, you will ultimately want both.

Food Processor: I am a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They can really speed up the time of action for many kitchen responsibilities like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at the minimum a 6-cup capacity.

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