I spend a lot of time baking in the kitchen throughout the year. Baking and cooking can be a little tricky, especially if you don’t have the right baking equipment and tools. In this post, I will discuss some of the most essential baking supplies to have in your kitchen.
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Baking Equipment and Tool Tips
I’ve shared some great recipes when you’re in the kitchen. Here’s a list of baking equipment and tools I use to turn out the best cookies, cakes, and more! These are all items that I own. Many of the links are affiliate links. There is a difference when you choose the right baking tools!
- Choose glass for measuring cups and bowls. I like to use glass measuring cups for liquid measuring and bowls. Glass cleans up well and lasts forever (as long as you don’t drop it.) Plastic tends to break down much faster and cracks.
- Light aluminum baking sheets are best. When choosing a baking surface for cookies, cakes, and others, always choose a light pan. I like the control it gives me without letting the edges burn. Darker pans are perfect for pizza making but not great when trying to get a soft cookie.
- Silicone is great for baking tools. I absolutely love using silicone when it comes to baking mats, spatulas, and other tools. When you need something flexible, it gives you the desired results without having to reach for parchment paper or other disposable resources.
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Baking Appliances and Accessories
Recommend: Kitchen Aid Mixer
I have this exact Artisan kitchen and mixer and love it! When looking for a mixer like this one, make sure to find one that is 325 watts. Large stores may sell the Artisan, but double-check how much power it will have in the wattage. Not all mixers are created equally. And a hand mixer works great if you’re just starting out. This mixer comes in handy for making bread, cookies, and even pizza dough.
Recommend: Kitchen Aid Mixer Spatula
When you do a lot of baking with a mixer, this spatula add-on is a must-have. it is great at getting the sides scraped clean when creaming the sugar and butter. It does not come with the mixer, so it’s a great add-on.
Small Baking Tools
Recommend: Cookie Scoops
Cookie scoops come in various sizes, and I use mine all the time. I use the medium cookie scoop most often when making cookies like peanut butter cookies. Every cookie is the same size. However, if you like smaller cookies like Pecan Cream Cheese Cookies, you can use a small cookie scoop. I use the larger size for large cookies or even for scooping muffins into muffin tins.
When measuring liquids for baking, you need liquid measuring cups to ensure accuracy. I recommend purchasing glass measuring cups because they last longer and can be microwaved when needed. My experience with plastic ones is that they start to crack over time. When it comes to dry ingredients, choose a solid aluminum measuring cup that will give you accuracy.
You’ll never have to chain up your measuring spoons again! I like having stainless steel measuring spoons that nest together. I also like having two sides to double what I can use it for before having to wash them. When it comes to wet ingredients, I prefer the little shot-glass measuring glasses, which are perfect for a few tablespoons of olive oil or any other liquid like vanilla you need to add.
Recommend: Pastry Blender
If you plan to make biscuits, you’ll need a pastry blender. It is perfect for cutting in cold butter with flour to create those fluffy layered pastries everyone craves.
When it comes to making pies, there are two tools I could not live without. The pastry roll gives you that clean edge around your pie dough when adding it to your pie pan. The pie shield prevents burnt edges giving you that perfect golden brown crust every single time.
Recommend: Solid Silicone Spatulas
These are essential baking tools. You need a good spatula when working with stickier dough like gingerbread cookie dough. The spatulas don’t have a top that comes off or fills with water or nastiness from cooking or washing. They are solid and make cleanup a breeze.
Recommend: Silicone Baking Mat
If you plan to make pies or homemade pizza, this tool is amazing! It helps to keep the pie dough from sticking, and I LOVE the measuring tool that’s built right in. It is the best work surface. This comes particularly in handy when making cinnamon rolls.
Recommend: Rolling Pin
This is the rolling pin that I own and love to use with its unique and removable measuring rings. The removable rings allow me to make my cookies or pies the perfect thickness every time. I get the most use out of it when making sugar cookies. They are perfect every time.
Large Baking Tools
Recommend: Cooling Racks
You need a good, sturdy set of cooling racks. I like this size because I can get an entire pan of cookies on one and let them cool while I bake another. I also like having a good, sturdy cool rack that doesn’t buckle from the weight of heavier cookies like these cowboy cookies.
Recommend: Aluminum Baking Sheets
The very BEST cookie sheets. If you plan to make cookies often, plan to buy this pan. It keeps the edges from getting too dark while making sure the cookie is cooked. I line them with silicone baking mats to help save on parchment paper.
Baking Equipment FAQ
The only equipment I wash in the dishwasher is my measuring cups, spoons and spatulas. Everything else gets a good hand wash. Most are too big, but others will break down faster from the harsh scrubbing in the dishwasher. I would only hand wash most items, especially the rolling pins and pastry blenders.
This question depends on how often you bake. I have four sets of measuring cups and spoons. I tend to make multiple recipes daily and like to wait until the end to do the dishes. Start out with one set, and if you find yourself having to wash continually, it may be time to add another set.
I buy quality. You get what you pay for. I ask myself when purchasing how it’s going to feel in my hands. Is it going to be rough, or does it have a nice handle? Is the tool thick and sturdy? I like to use tools that will last a lifetime.
Look for tools at garage sales and thrift stores. Many items people discard once they decide they don’t need them. I’ve found great deals by keeping my eyes open for new tools. You can also ask family members if they have extras. Sometimes people have tools they no longer need or use.
I use my measuring spoons, cups, spatulas, bowls, and mixer the most. If you have just those, you can make quite a few baking recipes!