Now for the fun part—stocking up on all the gear you need! Identify those gaps in your checklist and purchase any essential gear or ingredients you need or anticipate using in the holiday baking season. Think about how much or how often you bake, and consider purchasing more than one type of tool (such as cookie sheets or cooling racks) so you have enough to carry the load of your baking bonanzas.
If you’re an avid baker and you’ve got some extra room in your kitchen, you might want to sneak in a few bonus items that make cookie-baking even more of a breeze. Here are just a few of our favorite finds from the baking department:
Silicone baking mat: This silicone mat helps you make the perfect cookies! With 13 evenly spaced indents and ring templates, you can place and bake equal-sized cookie dough balls on the fiberglass mesh mat—like a reusable sheet of parchment paper—and they’ll consistently turn out evenly baked, round and browned.
Dough scraper: A handy dough scraper helps get every last bit out of the mixing bowl so you’ll never have any wasted cookie dough (hoo hoo!). We love plastic ones with curved edges for best results, and bonus: They work wonders for pizza and bread dough, cake batter and frosting, too!
Adjustable rolling pin: This adjustable rolling pin has removable discs on either side in various widths by fractions of an inch, so you can roll your cookie dough to the perfect uniform thickness.
1-inch cookie scoop: For perfectly round cookie dough balls, the developers in the Pillsbury Kitchens use cookie scoops! This small and nifty tool helps to scoop and shape dough balls of the exact same size, too, so you have picture-perfect cookies once baked.
Folding cooling grid: For those big-batch baking days when you’re planning to cool several dozen cookies at once, this collapsible, multi-tiered cooling rack stacks up high to save the day.