I am so excited to share my love of all things cookies with you today.  Who better to get you ready for cookie baking season then someone completely obsessed with…baking them, eating them and even thinking about them?  Cookies make my world go round, so let me share my favorite cookie baking essentials for total baking success.

I have more cookie recipes than any other kind of recipe here at Practically Homemade.  I have given you my tips for baking cookies {even for cake mix cookies} before but I have never given you my list of must have essentials.  So let’s go!  

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Cookie Baking Kitchen Essentials

Measuring Cups and Spoons

The right measuring cups and spoons are especially important when you are baking.  Being precise is key.  For years I used an old set that had the numbers rubbed off and there were times that I would use the wrong one.  I love this metal set because they are easy to read and they wash up great.

Cookie Baking Essentials featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade: image of measuring cups and spoons When it comes to mixing the dough, a good wooden spoon will sometimes do but a mixer makes things so much easier.  These are the two mixers that I have at home. 

Mixers

I will admit that I use the hand held mixer on a more regular basis.  The larger mixer is BIG and mixing one batch of dough doesn’t really work well.   With that being said…if I am doubling or even tripling a recipe, it ROCKS! 
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Mixing Bowls

If you are using a hand held mixer then you need a good bowl to mix in.  I love this set because there is one for any size job.  They are also dishwasher safe which is always a plus.

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 If you are looking for something a little more pretty, then I totally suggest this set.  I love the simple detail on the outside.
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Silicone Baking Mats:

At school we use parchment paper on our cookie sheets but at home I made the investment in a couple of silicone baking mats.  I love that you can buy them with circle outlines, then you know exactly where to put the cookies so they up nicely.  I have never had anything stick to them which is priceless.
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Baking Sheets:

Over the years I have had numerous kinds of cookie sheets but these baking sheets are my favorite.  To get a lot of cookies baked, you will need at least two.  One in the oven baking and one cooling.  You will find yourself using them for lots of other things too.
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Cookie Scoops:

Ok, friends.  Now lets talk cookie scoops.  I think they are my number one cookie baking necessity.  They keep everything uniform and baking at the same rate.  The first year I taught school we didn’t have any and when it came time to budget, this was my first purchase.  No surprise there.
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Rolling Pin:

 If rolled cookies are your thing than a good rolling pin comes in super handy.  For years I used an old one that barely held together and just the other day I was using a drinking glass.  This little baby right here is currently in my cart and I can’t wait to get it!
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Cooking and Cooling Racks:

 A sturdy cooking rack is a must.  Nearly every recipe that I publish asks you cool your cookies on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes but then you should move them to a cooling rack.  This one is nice because it is inexpensive but does its job and washes up well.
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Air Tight Containers: 

I am a sucker for soft cookies and the key to getting them to last forever is a good air tight container.  I love this one because you can store a whole batch together {or even two}.  It is nice enough for the counter but can go in the refrigerator too.
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Holiday Cookie Baking Essentials: Fun & Gifting 

During the holidays baking is not only about the taste but the details.  Here is an item to take your cookie baking to the next level while still keeping it simple.  This cookie stamp can make a real impression with minimal effort and zero decorating skills.  Press it into this cream cheese sugar cookie dough and you have a fabulous treat!
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 Edible gifts are always a nice way to show your holiday spirit.  It doesn’t have to be over the top to be perfect and these brown bakery bags are simple in the best of ways.  Add some twine and a cute tag and your cookies are ready to gift.
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These baking essentials are everything I think you will need for holiday cookie baking, actually…any day cookie baking.  From start to finish, dough making to packaging, scooping to cooling, this list has you covered.  Now I must go and bake some cookies myself.  It has been approximately 23 hours since my last batch which is 11 hours too long. 

Happy Cookie Baking!!

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