This page lists the essential cookie tools needed to make fantastic homemade cookies. It explores cookie tools & equipment such as cookie scoops, cookie cutters, airtight containers, etc. These items will help you to make all of Bread Dad’s many easy cookie recipes.
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Essential Cookie Tools
- Airtight Containers – You should store your homemade cookies in airtight containers (after the cookies have cooled down). This helps to prevent the cookies from drying out.
- Baking Parchment Paper – Baking parchment paper is often used so cookie dough does not stick to the baking tray.
- Baking Trays – Many bakers use nonstick baking trays or sheets in order to more easily remove the cookies after baking. Baking trays come in many sizes. Just make sure the tray will fit in your oven! 🙂
- Cookie Scoops – Cookie scoops allow you to create similar-sized and shaped cookies. They are also often easier to use than tablespoons or your hands when handling & shaping cookie dough.
- Cookie Cutters – Cookie cutters allow you to create fun “shaped” cookies (i.e. cookies shaped like hearts, stars, gingerbread men and Christmas trees).
- Cooling Racks – Wire cooling racks are used to cool down cookies after baking. I prefer wire cooling racks with small holes (as my cookies seem to break more on cooling racks that have large holes).
- Electric Hand Mixers – For small batches of cookies, many people use an electric hand mixer to mix the ingredients.
- Electric Stand Mixers – For larger batches of cookies, many people like to use larger capacity electric stand mixers in order to mix the ingredients.
- Kitchen Scales – Many people (esp. Europeans) like to use a kitchen scale to measure the weight of their ingredients when making their cookies. Inaccurate weight measurements can lead to overly dry or overly wet cookies. Weighing the ingredients leads to fewer measuring errors (i.e. a cup of fluffed flour weighs differently than a cup of compacted flour) and more consistent results.
- Measuring Cups & Spoons – In America, many people like to use measuring cups & spoons in order to make their cookies. These tools are generally easier & faster to use than a kitchen scale… but also less accurate in terms of weight measurements.
- Mixing Bowls – To mix all of the cookie ingredients, you generally will need one or two large mixing bowls.
- Oven Mitts – Ovens and baking trays can get very hot. You will need good oven mitts or gloves to protect your hands.
- Oven Thermometers – I use a hanging oven thermometer to see if my oven is fully preheated before baking any cookies. Moreover, oven thermometers can tell you if your oven is running too cold or too hot (versus the temperature that you set on your oven dial). An oven that is not preheated properly or is too cold/hot will lead to baking problems (i.e. under or over-baked cookies).
- Rolling Pins – A good rolling pin is necessary for flatting cookie dough in order to make shaped “cut out” cookies (i.e. cookies shaped like Christmas trees).
- Soft Spatulas – You will need a soft & flexible spatula in order to get the cookies off the baking tray/sheet without breaking the cookies and/or scratching the baking tray/sheet. Many people like to use silicone spatulas.
- Sprinkles – Sprinkles are an easy way to make “regular” homemade cookies look special! You just need to “sprinkle” on some sprinkles. 🙂
- Wooden Spoons – A large wooden spoon is used for gently mixing ingredients into the cookie dough that would otherwise be destroyed by an electric mixer. For example, you should use a wooden spoon to stir chocolate chips into the cookie dough (versus using an electric mixer).
Cookie Recipe Books – Of course, if you are making cookies, you need great recipes. Therefore, here are some of the most popular & highly-rated cookie recipe books. They have tons of delicious cookie recipes.
- Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book
- The Cookie Bible
- Good Housekeeping The Best-Ever Cookie Book: 175 Tested-’til-Perfect Recipes for Crispy, Chewy & Ooey-Gooey Treats
- The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars
- Sally’s Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cookie Bars, Shortbread, and More
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