Baking homemade cookies will be a lot more enjoyable when you have the right equipment and tools. Here’s a list of items that can help insure cookie baking success.
9 X 13-inch
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although some books suggest rimless pans for baking cookies, I’ve had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.
Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless.
Wooden Spoons: Great 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 which 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: One or two 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. They’re among my favorite inexpensive cookie making tools
Microplane: An excellent tool for zesting and grating zest from citrus fruit and chocolate
Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a piece of cake and are available in a multitude of sizes. With a silicone liner you are able to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An indispensable aid for quick and easy baking. Available 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 love my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, to make brownies and cookies. If you only bake occasionally or have limited space, focus on one or the other. In the event that you bake a lot, you will eventually want both.
Food Processor: I am a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They are able to really speed up the process for many kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.