Cookie Baking 101: 9 Essential Tools to Bake Perfect Cookies

To churn out crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside chocolate chips or a batch of snappy, buttery shortbread, one must be prepared with the essential cookie baking gear. If you're a humble home baker switching on that oven for the first time, these are the perfect tools to help you get started. Both newbie bakers and experienced bakers can benefit by knowing the basics by heart.  Take a look at our list below, and let's get baking! 

1 Silicone mat or parchment paper
Say bye-bye to cookie bottoms sticking to the pan.

2 Stand or hand mixer 
Sure, you can mix by hand, but nothing beats the results of this must-have tool.

3 Ice cream scooper
Use it for uniformly-sized cookies, making sure each piece bakes at the same time. 

4 Oven thermometer
Don't rely on your oven's settings! Check the temp with this tool.

5 Cooling rack
Prevent steaming by allowing air to circulate around each cookie.


6 Baking sheet
Use rimmed sheets to keep cookies on the pan.

7 Offset spatula
Remove cookies easily from the pan with its wide, angled surface.

8 Rolling pin
Use tapered rolling pins for more control and even dough thickness.

9 Pastry bag and tips
Pipe and decorate with ease! Don't have a pastry bag? Use a zip-top bag and snip off one corner.


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Text appeared in the October 2015 issue of Yummy magazine

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