So, you have a recipe, and you’re ready to put it to the test. Baking requires quite a few tools, but that doesn’t mean you have to shell out hundreds for your home kitchen! That’s why we took the time to search for the top utensils you’re going to need for your best cookies yet…and each one is under $25. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Nonstick Pastry Mat
One of the most important baking tools is a pastry mat to place and roll out dough. Made of silicone, this mat won’t slip and is easy to clean after use. Plus, if you’re using it for other recipes, it has diameter measurements for foods like bread and pies.
Ateco Pastry Bag Decorating Kit
We talked about the importance of sustainability, and these nylon bags support it – just hand-wash and use them again and again. Same goes for the stainless-steel tips and plastic coupler, which will give you the perfect dollop every time.
Small Straight Icing Spatula
If you’re icing cookies, skip your kitchen knife and opt for this icing spatula instead. The rounded blade ensures even spreading, and it will smooth out any bumps of chunky icing that may have slipped in there.
Insulated Cookie Sheet
If you’re looking to up your sheet-game, this one uses insulated aluminum to give you the perfect cookies each time. The inner air chamber works to distribute heat across all cookies evenly, so you can say goodbye to burnt bottoms!
I’m really impatient, so I tend to just peel off cookies from the sheet. However, this often leads to the middles sinking and sticking. This cookie spatula is made of flexible silicone, so you can ease it under the cookies and lift up, minus the sink-age.
Cooling racks help evenly set cookies by allowing air to circulate around the bottoms and tops. This will give you the texture you’re looking for: a perfect bite of ooey-gooey insides and crisp edges, without the mushy bottoms.
White Marble Rolling Pin
This marble rolling pin is absolutely gorgeous – use it as décor when you’re not rolling out dough. The marble stays cold, making it ideal for working dough that’s temperature-sensitive, or with ingredients like cold butter.
Kolder Glass Mix-In-Measure
We would be remiss to not mention our neighbors, the amazing Toque Blanche in Downtown Santa Cruz! This glass holds up to two cups, but the best part: it also marks tablespoons, teaspoons, and ounces. No more frantic googling “how many tablespoons are in a cup?”
This cookie scoop is stainless steel and machine washable, so you can throw it in the dishwasher without ruining it. It will give you the perfect portion each time, meaning your cookies will come out evenly.
Digital Glass Kitchen Scale
Kitchen scales are super important when you’re baking. Sure, you can measure with a cup, but nothing will be more accurate than a scale. And when you’re dealing with precise measurements, it’s better to be safe than end up with crumbly or runny dough.
What are your must-haves for baking? We want to know! Give us your recommendations in the comments.