Baking homemade cookies will be a lot more enjoyable if you have the right tools and equipment. Here’s a list of items which will help insure cookie baking success.

Baking Pans and Cookie Sheets: Can be found in a multitude of styles and materials. Dark metal pans absorb heat and will cause cookies and brownies to brown quicker. Shiny metal pans reflect heat making them perfect for more delicate baked treats. Air-cushioned sheets provide extra protection from burning but ensure it is difficult to obtain golden brown cookies. Glass pans carry heat better so your oven temperature must be adjusted down 25 degrees when using them. I favor dull, light colored durable aluminum baking pans. Basic pan sizes you’ll want in your collection include:

9 X 13-inch
8-inch square
9-inch square
9-inch round
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although some books suggest rimless pans for baking cookies, I have had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.
Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless steel.
Wooden Spoons: Ideal for stirring brownies batter

Measuring Spoons: A couple of sets of graduated spoons designed designed for measuring

Measuring Cups: A 2-cup glass or plastic one for liquids that has a spout and a couple of dry graduated measuring cups

Spatulas: One thin metal spatula for removing cookies from the pan and several plastic spatulas for scraping cookie dough and brownie batter from bowls into baking pans

Whisks: A couple of medium to large whisks for mixing both dry and wet ingredients

Ice Cream Scoops: Small ice cream scoops make easy, speedy work of dropping cookie dough onto pans. how to strain quinoa without a strainer They’re among the best inexpensive cookie making tools

Microplane: An excellent tool for zesting and grating zest from citric fruit and chocolate

Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a piece of cake and are available in a wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner it is possible to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Be sure that you not cut them.

Parchment Paper: An indispensable aid for quick and easy baking. Obtainable in both rolls and sheets, I bake all my cookies on parchment lined sheets for easy and simple clean-up

Wire Racks: For cooing your cookies and brownies

Electric Mixer: I really like my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, for making brownies and cookies. In the event that you only bake occasionally or have limited space, start with one or the other. In the event that you bake a lot, you’ll eventually want both.

Food Processor: I’m a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They can really speed up the process for most kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.