The holidays are just around the corner and you are putting your menu together. You may switch things up this year and try something new. Instead of pumpkin pie, cookies may be a great alternative. Festive desserts are always a holiday favorite and cookies are super easy to make. These small, warm, mounds of goodness always hit the spot in cooler weather and are convenient for larger gatherings.
So, what cookie baking supplies will you need? The answer is simple; the usual with a twist.
Quick tips for baking cookies
Before we dive into the tools for baking cookies, let?s first discuss the essentials. Some quick tips for baking cookies will set you up for success, and ensure your sweet treats bake up perfectly every time.
Check the temperature
This cannot be stressed enough. Unless you own a calibrated oven, the temperature is most likely inaccurate. So, do yourself a favor and utilize an oven thermometer. They are typically inexpensive and will save your cookies from burning or being underbaked.
This goes without saying, but make sure to chill the cookie dough to prevent spreading. The cooler the dough, the less likely you are to have greasy cookie dough puddles.
Keep an eye on them
When baking cookies, the specified baking time is usually a poor indicator of whether they are actually done. Instead, keep an eye on them while they are baking, and rotate the baking sheets.
One at a time
Make one batch at a time. This ensures that your oven focuses its heat on one batch, and bakes all cookies evenly. If you absolutely have to make more than one batch, make sure to rotate baking sheets regularly throughout the baking process.
Cookie Baking Set Must-Haves
Now that we?ve addressed the basics, we can talk cookie baking sets and tools. We?ve listed a few items that will upgrade your cookie baking supply stash:
1. Stand up mixer?
If you are looking to take your homemade cookies to another level, you may want to invest in a stand mixer, a 7-speed hand mixer, or an electric mixer that will ensure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
2. Mixing bowl
Now that you?ve got a great mixer, you need a stylish mixing bowl. Preferably, having different sizes handy is ideal, so you can mix bigger batches if needed.
3. Baking mats
These are a must-have. Without good quality slip baking mats, your cookies will stick to the pan and cook unevenly.
4. Baking sheets?
There are so many different kinds to choose from. However, the most effective are perforated sheets that allow air to circulate through them, and evenly bake the bottom of the cookies.
5. Cookie scoop?
It is important to have an accurate measurement of each cookie. Hence, cookie scoop to the rescue! They look like ice cream scoops and come in all different sizes. The best part of using a cookie scoop is that all of your cookies will be the same size.
6. Rolling pin?
Stick with the basics for this one.
7. Cookie cutters?
These also come in many different shapes and sizes. Plus, they are just plain fun!
8. Oven thermometer?
Unless your oven is calibrated, you should always use an oven thermometer. The temperature for a typical oven is not always accurate and could cause your cookies to burn. Rather than taking any chances, using an oven thermometer will prevent this from happening. And since they are pretty economical, it’s a win-win!
9. Cookie Spatula?
A rubber-coated spatula makes transferring cookies from the pan to the wire rack a cinch! Its heat-resistant rubber coating makes it easier to use and clean.
10. Cooling racks?
You can never go wrong with a cookie cooling racks. This essential item allows the cookies to cool and come in convenient collapsable sizes.
There you have it! You should now be well on your way to making the best cookies on the planet. Or at least some really tasty sweet treats. If you have a favorite cookie baking supply you like to use or a favorite cookie recipe, share with us on our facebook page! Until next time go check out our website, and of course, happy baking!