If you like to cook, it is easy to be seduced by all kinds of baking tools, many of which you may never end up using. The kitchen tools and utensils needed for making cookies is minimal. So keep this in mind when you go shopping for cookie-making equipment.
You probably have most of the necessary equipment to bake many different varieties of cookies. However, if you would like to get into making more than just the simple recipes, there are additional baking tools and small appliances that would be useful to have.
You won’t need every item listed below. The best rule is to always read through the recipe you plan on making well ahead of time to be sure that you have all of the equipment and ingredients you will need.
You should have a minimum of two baking sheets as part of your baking tools. If you are planning to do a lot of cookie baking we recommend that you have at least four heavy-duty flat aluminum baking sheets. Since only one or two can be in the oven at the same time, having four will allow you to have two in the oven and two out of the oven to cool and then refill. They come in different sizes. You should choose the size that fits well in your oven. The 17 x 14 inch size is right for most home ovens.
Shiny aluminum pans work best for cookies. Pans with a dark surface absorb more heat which can cook the bottoms of the cookies faster than the tops.
Baking or Jelly Roll Pans
Bar cookies are mostly baked in 13x9x2-inch metal pans or glass baking dishes. If you are going to use the glass baking dish, you will need to adjust your oven temperature. Bar cookies will usually cook in metal pans at 350 degrees. You will need to bring the temperature down to 325 degrees when using glass.
Made of steel, copper or plastic. Cookie cutters are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, to cut cookie dough into specific shapes.
Next to the baking sheets, our cookie scoop is one of our most used baking tools. It looks like a small ice cream scoop. It is used to scoop out equal amounts of cookie dough for making drop cookies. Scoops come in different sizes and because not all manufacturers sizes are the same, be sure to look at the volume of the scoop before purchasing. 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoon sizes are good for drop cookies.
A cookie press or cookie gun is a hollow cylinder with a plunger that pushes dough through a decorative tip at the end of the tube. If you plan on making Spritz cookies then you will need one of these as part of your baking tools.
A Double Boiler consists of two pans that nest together. The top pan hold the food to be melted (like chocolate), the bottom pan holds and inch or two of water, which is heated to a simmer. The heat from the boiling water gently melts the chocolate in the upper pan.
Electric Hand Mixer
It is not absolutely necessary to go out and buy a Stand Mixer if you don’t have one. You should have at least an electric hand mixer in your collection of baking tools. It will take more time but it will do the job. Choose one that has a powerful motor and feels good in your hands. Most of the weight should be up front over the beaters.
A stand mixer is by far the easiest to use. If you plan on baking lots of goodies throughout the year, a stand mixer would be a wise investment. Stick with the brand names. Nothing is worse than an under-powered mixer. Kitchen Aid and Hamilton Beach make good ones. You should also have at least three attachments. A Whisk, Dough Hook and Paddle.
Here is another handy device to have. A food processor makes quick work of chopping, mincing and grinding. You don’t have to go out and buy the big super deluxe model. A basic model will do for most jobs.
A common four-sided grater will perform most of the grating and shredding tasks needed for making cookies. Stick with the stainless steel model. It won’t rust. We have had ours for 25 years.
Your baking tools should have a minimum of:
- 1 quart and 1 cup measuring glasses made of heat resistant glass.
- A set of nested metal measuring cups for the dry ingredients. Starting at 1 cup and going down to 1/4 cup.
- A set of metal measuring spoons to measure smaller amounts of both dry and liquid ingredients.
Metal Cooling Racks
Metal cooling racks are a grid of wires that stand on short legs. Their function is to let air circulate underneath and around the cookies to help them cool without getting soggy. You will need enough rack space to cool two baking sheets worth of cookies at a time. A 12×18 Rack is sufficient for this purpose. If counter space is a problem, you can purchase stackable cooling racks like the one in the photo.
A good set of different sized mixing bowls should be part of your baking tools. The best mixing bowls are made of Ceramic or stainless steel. Look for deep bowls with high sides. Stainless steel bowls are good for making your own Double Boiler. Nested bowls will take up less room in your cabinets. We don’t recommend plastic bowls since they are porous and can retain oils and odors that can transfer to other ingredients.
This is used for lining baking pans to provide a non-stick surface. It comes available in rolls.
Pastry Bags are used for decorating cakes and cookies with icing. There are three types of pastry bags, reusable, disposable and parchment cones. They come in various sizes and can be made of a variety of materials. Decorating Tubes are the tips that fit on the bottom of reusable or disposable pastry bags. They come in different tip designs which produce different decorations when you squeeze the filling through them, called piping.
This is a small flat brush from 1/2 to 2 inches wide which is used to apply egg wash or glaze to cookies.
Rolling pins are available in a wide range of sizes and materials. We prefer to have a wooden or marble roller. If you go with wood, wash it by hand with soapy water and then dry it immediately so that it doesn’t dry out or warp.
A sifter is used to aerate and remove lumps from flour and other dry ingredients. Turning the handle pushes the ingredients through a fine metal mesh giving it a uniform consistency.
Silicone Baking Mats
Sold under the brand names Silpat and Exopat, these flexible sheets of nonstick silicone are strong enough to withstand very high heat. They are designed to replace Parchment Paper. If you are going to do a lot of baking, it would be worth buying a couple of these mats. They cost about $20.00 a piece.
A narrow metal spatula is useful for leveling off dry ingredients from measuring cups.
A wide metal spatula which you would normally use for flipping pancakes is ideal for getting cookies off of the baking sheet. Rubber spatulas are excellent for getting all of the ingredients off of the sides of your bowl.
An accurate oven thermometer is a good thing to have. Some ovens, new or old, can have inaccurate settings. Use an oven thermometer every time you bake.
A timer is essential to baking cookies and should be part of your baking tools. If you don’t have a timer built into your oven, you can pick one up at just about any store that has cooking supplies.
Whisks are used for whipping ingredients that need a lot of air incorporated into it and for folding ingredients into delicate mixtures. It is a good idea to have a few whisks of different sizes for cookie baking.
This tool consists of a handle with a blade with sharp-edged holes at its end. It is used to remove the zest from citrus.
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