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17 Essential Baking Tools Every Baker Needs

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Baking. It runs in my family. I have enough kitchen tools & gadgets for, like, 13 kitchens. But baking doesn’t have to be a complicated affair! I’m here to help you understand which baking tools every baker needs.

Although baking can feel a little daunting, especially when you’re told at 9 p.m. that your nieces need 24 decorated cupcakes for school… the next day.

These must-have baking tools and utensils make the process simpler and a lot more fun.

So Roll Up Your Sleeves – Here Are The Baking Tools Every Baker Needs:

A Digital Scale + Oven Thermometer:

Why? A gram will always be a gram. An ounce is always an ounce. A cup is NOT always a cup.

Measuring the ingredients inaccurately is possibly the biggest baking mistake. Precision is everything. This kitchen scale (US) This kitchen scale (BE & NL) is, by far, the most used tool in my kitchen. I recommend it to everyone. Did you know the display includes a temperature sensor?! You can keep your dough cool at all times, just by checking the temperature on your scale!

Unless you calibrate your oven regularly, your oven’s temperature is likely inaccurate, my friends. When you set your oven to 300°F, it might not really be 300°F inside! Baking with incorrect temperatures may ruin your baked goods and your hours spent on the recipe. An easy & inexpensive remedy to this mess is an oven thermometer. (USA)

A thermometer like this one is irreplaceable in a baker’s kitchen (BE) . Place it in your oven so you always know the actual temperature.

A Hand mixer:

For beginners, a hand mixer like this (USA) a hand mixer like this (BE & NL), is the way to go. Affordable and fantastic quality.

Silicone Baking Mats:

Silpat Silicone Baking Mats (USA) Silicone Baking Mats (BE & NL) have changed my life. They are reusable and lay flat on your baking sheet! You can use it to roast vegetables, cook meat, and obviously bake delicious cookies. Pour out your caramel or brittle & once it’s cool, they will release very easily! Roll out your doughs (Think; cinnamon, pizza, pie,…). They fit perfectly on your half sheet pans (about 11-12 x 16-17 inches).  I own a few of these in the half sheet size!

Cookie Scoops:

This is more than just for cookies! These OXO Cookie Scoops (USA – BE) comes in 3 (!!) sizes, you can use the large ones for ice-cream, cupcakes, or pancakes (even meatballs 😉 ) Use the medium ones for cookies & the small ones for tiny cookies or as a melon baller. Cookie scoops are just extremely handy. And you can’t beat OXO in my opinion. They have a super soft grip & with their simple squeeze-release system, the wiper creates a uniform cookie!

Cooling Racks:

Allow your baked cookies to cool down for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets. But what after that? Transfer them to this cooling rack! (USA) Why? To prevent soggy bottoms. We want to give the bottoms of the cookies some much-needed air. This cooling rack (BE) helps to cool down any delicious baked goods.

  • They are 100 % stainless steel.
  • 1 inch height & small grid holes mean better airflow for even cooking & cooling.

Sheet Pan:

I use these half sheet pans (USA) & These sheet pans (BE & NL) all the time to bake my cookiesscones, croissants, pastries, breads, etc. The 12×17 inch size is perfect for holding a dozen cookies and the rimmed edges prevent any sauces/syrups from dripping off. (Think; toffee, caramel,…). If you’re out and about or traveling with a sheet cake or cookies, get yourself the sheet pan with a lid!

  • Foods bake and brown evenly due to aluminum’s superior heat conductivity.
  • Compatible with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Standmixer:

An obvious one. A KitchenAid stand mixer is super convenient and versatile! (USA)

If you can afford both a stand mixer (BE) & hand mixer, definitely get both. Imagine working with a huge amount of batter/dough or a recipe that has you mixing for several minutes, a stand mixer is key.

An electric stand mixer can be expensive. The standard attachments are a whip, a paddle, and dough hook. This allows you to cream your butter, mix batters, knead any dough and whip egg whites for meringues, etc

Rolling Pin:

Flatten out or shape everything from pastry crust to cookie dough and biscuits.

For a beginner, a good-quality roller is easiest to use (USA) & will be the only one you ever need to buy.

A Marble Rolling Pin is another magic item. (USA) & this marble rolling pin (BE & NL) This one is cooler to touch, which makes it perfect for rolling out pie crust and cookie dough.

Rolling pins are not just for rolling! Place your cookies or crackers in a ziplock bag and start smashin’!

Measuring Cups & Spoons:

This Measuring Cups and Spoons Set (USA) is your new go-to!

This set is so convenient (BE)! It has different sizes (Both dry & wet ingredients) depending on the recipe.

  • Stainless Steel.
  • Complete set of 16(!): 7 cups and 7 spoons, 1 Leveler, and 1 professional measurement conversions chart with a magnet to hang for easy access.
  • Easy Storage.

Mixing Bowls:

I own this glass bowl set and it’s fantastic (USA). Many sizes for many different ingredients! You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Any glass bowl works wonders (BE) I love working with Pyrex, It’s a nonporous glass that won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains!

Spatulas & Whisks:

Nothing beats spatulas, especially if they are good quality and heavy-duty. This tool is ideal for scraping the last bit of batter or dough out of a pan or for scraping all the nooks and crannies of a jar. (USA) Just keep in mind that silicone scrapers will stand up to high heat better than rubber.

I honestly use these for everything!(BE) They have good grip handles to allow even wet fingers to hold tight.

As for whisks, I recommend at least 2 of these. (USA) & this OXO good grip whisk(BE).

Fine-Mesh Sieve:

Put this sieve to work in different ways (USA) & this one (BE). Use it to sift dry ingredients or adding a dusting of powdered sugar to your brownies or cookies. It also comes in handy for draining wet ingredients (Think: quinoa,…)

Baking Pans:

Stock your kitchen with these baking pans. These are the ones I use most often:

9-inch cake pans (USA) – 23 cm Cake pan (BE & NL)

9-inch square pans (USA) – 23 cm Square pan (BE & NL)

12-count muffin pan (USA) – 12-count muffin pan (BE & NL)

9×13 baking pan (USA) – 22x33cm baking pan (BE & NL)

8,5 inch x 4,5 inch (USA) – 30 cm loaf pan (BE &NL)

Fat Daddios brand is great for round cake pans. I also enjoy Wilton, Nordic Ware, and USA Pan brands!

Cookie Cutters:

The place to start for a beginner is with a set of plain round cutters (USA). Each set contains various sizes and will help you cut out all kinds of doughs (BE & NL) like cookies and biscuits.

Make sure you buy good quality cookie cutters that are strong, sturdy, and have sharp edges to give you a clean cut.

Pastry Brush:

If you’re a frequent baker, this is a must-have!

OXO never disappoints, this pastry brush is useful for coating the tops of pastries and pie crusts with an egg wash or milk, or for greasing baking pans with melted butter. (USA)

Get a pastry brush with silicone bristles, they don’t fall out and are heat- and bacteria- resistant as well. (BE)

This handy tool has more uses than you realized. It can be used to grease a pan before pouring in cake batter, to coat dough with melted butter or egg wash.

Wooden Spoon:

The humble wooden spoon, often the job at hand is simply to mix some ingredients.

This Wooden spoon won’t scratch your bowls or pans, won’t react with acidic ingredients (USA) , and they’re more comfortable to hold in your hand than metal ones. One wooden spoon is enough, but this tool is so handy, it can sometimes be helpful to have a couple around.

This Wooden spoons is great for all kinds of stirring because they’re so sturdy (BE & NL) We use it in my Chocolate Chip Cookies!

(you’ll be able to use them with even the thickest, heaviest doughs). Just remember to hand-wash them when you’re done so they don’t end up cracked.

Piping Bags:

These disposable Decorating Bags (USA) allow you to work with many different colors of icing, without all of the cleanups! I use these at home & not only are they great for decorating cakes, but also cookies or any other decorated baked goods! This reusable piping bag is also one I love (USA) & here the same wilton’s (BE & NL)

What are your favorite essential baking tools?

Note: I am not working with any of these brands, though some of these links are affiliate links. These are the brands of kitchen tools that I trust and encourage you to use in the kitchen as well!

10 Comments

  • Heather Lowenthal
    June 6, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Great post. Very informative!

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    • Yasmin
      June 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Heather!

      Reply
  • Heather Ritchie
    June 6, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t have the cookie scoops, stand mixer, and I can’t seem to find my sifter at this moment. What I love is that rolling pin! I have an old school wooden one but the one in this post looks like less stuff would stick to it. Great list! And I love the name What’s Up Dough.

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    • Yasmin
      June 6, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you very much, Heather 🙂 I prefer this rolling pin over any other, so easy to work with!

      Reply
  • sabrina
    June 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    So many good ideas! Thank you!

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    • Yasmin
      June 8, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Sabrina! You are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Jennifer Van Haitsma
    July 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to bake more so these are really good recommendations! Thanks for the suggestions.

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    • Yasmin
      July 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you 🙂 You’re very welcome Jennifer!

      Reply
  • Angie
    September 26, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Great ideas! I need some new baking mats. Yay!

    Reply
    • Yasmin
      September 27, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Happy baking, Angie! 🙂

      Reply

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