10 Must Have Baking Tools Under $25

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.

Nonstick Pastry Mat, Williams Sonoma, $19.95

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.

Pastry Bag Decorating Kit, Williams Sonoma, $19.95

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.

Small Icing Spatula, Williams Sonoma, $4.99 – $21.95

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!

Insulated Cookie Sheet, Crate & Barrel, $16.95

Cookie Spatula

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.

Cookie Spatula, Crate & Barrel, $7.99

Cooling Rack

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.

Cooling Rack, Crate & Barrel, $9.95

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.

Marble Rolling Pin, World Market, $19.95

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?”

Kolder Glass Mix-In-Measure, Toque Blanche, $7.99

Cookie Scoop

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.

Cookie Scoop, Bed Bath & Beyond, $13.99 – $15.99

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.

Digital Scale, Sur La Table, $24.95

What are your must-haves for baking? We want to know! Give us your recommendations in the comments.

Sustainable Cooking and Baking Items

My goal for 2021: to be more sustainable with my activities. And first on my list: sustainable cooking and baking items. I’m tired of throwing away paper, plastic, and single-use objects. I know it’s bad for the environment, and I knew that there would be better options out there. So, I did my research, and yep, I’ll definitely be incorporating these items into my kitchen! Bye single-use, hello eco-friendly.

Silicon Pastry Piping Bags

Those piping bags you use after one use? Give up on ‘em and buy some reusable bags instead. These Weetiee silicone pastry bags include different sized bags and icing couplers, so you can decorate however you want—and be eco-friendly.

Amazon.com: Weetiee D Silicone Pastry 3 Sizes Reusable Piping Baking Cookie Cake  Decorating Bags (12''+14''+16'')-6 Pack-Bonus 6 Icing Couplers: Kitchen &  Dining

Weetie Silicone Pastry Piping Bags, Amazon, $12.95

Reusable Storage Bags

Another fantastic reusable product is the Stasher Reusable Storage Bags. They’re non-plastic, and you can throw them in the dishwasher whenever they get dirty. Buy whatever size you need—or all of them. We won’t judge!

Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Storage Bag Collection | Bed Bath & Beyond

Stasher Reusable Storage Bags, Stasher, $7.99 – $19.99

Baking Mats

If you’re sicking shelling out for cooking sprays, aluminum foil, or parchment paper, then these non-stick silicone baking mats are a no-brainer. They fit inside baking sheets and can withstand super heat and freezer chill.

Amazon.com: Silicone Baking mat, Half Sheet, 16.5" L x 11.5" W x 0.75 MM  Thick, Reusable Baking Sheet Liner, Thick, Non-Stick, Easy Clean,  Professional Grade, for Cookie, Pastry (2, Blue): Kitchen &

Premium Living Baking Mats, Amazon, $10.99

Bee’s Wrap Food Storage

Skip the plastic wrap this time and pick up these storage papers instead. Coming in three sizes, you can wrap up leftovers in this reusable option. Made out of organic cotton, you can wash these off and reuse for up to a year—none of that single-use stuff.

Bee's Wrap® Vegan Assorted 3 Pack | Reusable Beeswax Food Storage

Bee’s Wrap Food Storage, Bee’s Wrap, $11 – $42

Stink Free Sponge

Sponges get gross real quick, and the smell can be overwhelming, cutting its life even shorter. These sponges are made from plant-based renewable resources. Plus, the scrubber part is made from recycled plastic and walnut shells without glue. On top of that, it repels water, so no stinky bacteria gets in.

Amazon.com: Pura Naturals Stink Free Sponge. Stay Fresh NO Odor Guarantee!  Eco Kitchen / Household / Dish Sponges w/Walnut Scrubbers. 40x More  Durable. (6): Health & Personal Care

Pura Naturals Stink Free Sponge, Amazon, $16.99

Hemp Apron

You won’t find any synthetic materials in this apron. Made of 80% organic cotton and 20% hemp (grown pesticide-free), it only gets comfier with repeated wear. It’s mildew-resistant and anti-microbial, so don’t be afraid of getting dirty!

Denim Apron, Hemp & Organic cotton | Sustainable Products for the Garden &  Home – bambu

Hemp Denim Apron, Bambu Home, $31

These are just a few of the best items I’ve found so far. What are your favorite sustainable products? Let us know in the comments and on our socials! @pacificcookiecompanysantacruz