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    1. An instant-read thermometer to keep you from overbaking cakes, pies, and any other holiday goodies you want to keep from being too well done. As they say, there's nothing worse than a dry dessert (they = me).

    Reviewer using the thermometer to read the temperature of a pie
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    We sincerely hope you'll never have to suffer through an overcooked turkey, steak, or pastry ever again (actually, the same goes for anything that's too raw as well), and using an instant-read thermometer is the best way to monitor the cooking process along the way and ensure your food is at its safest — and most delicious — temperature. This one might not be quite as durable as the pricier options on the market, but it's much more affordable and will cover any basic cooking needs — just don't leave it in the oven, like one reviewer did!

    Promising review: "I like to make jam, and since moving to Denver I've had trouble accurately adjusting my recipes for the altitude. Things were coming out too soft (but still delicious!). This was a small investment that is making all the difference; I just cook to temperature now rather than time. I've made several batches and it is accurate, cleans up easily, and is sturdy and easy to use." —Jen P

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A Hamilton Beach stand mixer you can use to crank out pretty much any carb you plan on serving, from cinnamon rolls for breakfast to figgy pudding for dessert. And don't forget the homemade whipped cream!

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    With whisk, paddle, and dough hook attachments, the world is your oyster (cracker) when it comes to mixing batters, kneading doughs, and so much more. There's a handy guide with settings for everything from gentle folding to heavy whipping, and my personal favorite feature is the splash guard, which I'll have you know was not included with my own KitchenAid mixer! 😫Just note that, as with any stand mixer, you'll want to scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula from time to time to ensure nothing sticks to the sides.

    Promising review: "I had a KitchenAid before and it was SO HEAVY! This still does the job (I make a lot of bread) but is so much lighter. This is important to me because I don't keep it on the counter, I store it away at the bottom of my pantry. Because it's lighter, it's just so much more portable, and not a big deal to drag out to, say, whip up a cake mix. I'm very happy with my purchase." —Allie

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99 (available in black or silver).

    3. Or, a cordless KitchenAid electric hand mixer that reeeally comes in handy when all of your outlets are being occupied by other cooking appliances. It has seven speeds for everything from easy stirring to intense whipping, and can mix dough for dozens of cookies on a single charge.

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    Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical about a cordless hand mixer. But I trust KitchenAid so I gave it a shot. Where has this been all my life?!? I love it! It’s quiet, powerful, lighter weight, and so convenient without the cord! Love!!!" —Staci Lyons

    Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in seven colors).

    4. A kitchen measurement conversion magnet you can stick on your fridge as an easy reference whenever you need to know how many tablespoons are in 1/3 cup. No more having to look it up on your phone with butter-coated hands!

    The magnet on the side of a refrigerator
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    Based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620 Designs makes assorted laser-cut and engraved items for home and business use. 

    Promising review: "Item was exactly what I ordered. Text is clear and legible. Happy with my purchase." —Eric Hegberg

    Get it from 1620 Designs on Etsy for $10.25

    5. An *incredibly* helpful digital timer that lets you set four individual countdowns at once AND comes with a whiteboard so you can clearly label which one is for the Brussels sprouts and which one is for the sweet potatoes. BRB, my bad-at-multitasking self is crying tears of joy.

    The timer with four different countdowns set and labels for each one written on the whiteboard
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    Promising review: "My previous timer failed just before my Christmas baking rush. I was unable to find a replacement at any local store. Amazon to the rescue! This is the only quad digital timer that I have found anywhere...and...it has four distinct alarm tones that are loud enough to be heard several rooms distant from the kitchen. The white board feature is great if you 'forget' what is being timed by which section of the quad. The magnetic feature is great for sticking to the side of the fridge so that it doesn't get knocked off a counter when I'm busy." —David Thomson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.78

    6. An Oxo fat separator, because who wants to be skimming the fat off of a pan full of gravy with a spoon right before the meal? With this absolute lifesaver, just pour your gravy in and let it do the separating for you. 🙏

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    Promising review: "I can't believe I spent so many years using a spoon trying to get the fat out of gravy and sauces. This separator took mere seconds to do the work!" —Marlo Casabar

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes). 

    7. A silicone baking mat that'll end any spatula versus cookie sheet battles for good. No sticky residue, and just think of all the money (and trees!) you'll be saving by cutting down on parchment paper. Plus, they're great for rolling out pie and cookie dough when you don't want to make a mess of your counter.

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    If you're sick of your cookies (or anything you cook) getting stuck to your baking sheet, consider this ingenious product your new best friend. Its slick, nonstick surface allows foods to glide right off (yes, really!) without any mess, and if you're a lazy baker (like me) who doesn't want to get the tape measure out, there's a convenient measurement guide on each mat in case you want to be extra precise.

    Promising review: "I like everything about these baking mats. They are great in the oven and really cut down on cleanup for cookie sheets and baking pans. I bought some more to put in my refrigerator. Cleaning is a breeze. I just take them out, wipe them down with vinegar and water, and rinse them off. I let them dry in the dish drainer whilst I wipe down the fridge. And they provide an added bonus of keeping the glass shelves from getting all scratched up." —pauwau

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three sizes).

    8. An adjustable rolling pin for when the pastry dough recipe says to roll out to a quarter of an inch thick, and you really don't want to have to measure that yourself. This set comes with four sizes of removable rings you can screw on depending on how thin or thick you want your dough to be, and has measurement markings right on the roller itself, so you can easily gauge the length and width of your dough as well. *Genius*

    Model using the adjustable rolling pin to roll out dough on top of a baking mat
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    It also comes with a flexible baking mat!

    Promising review: "I have spent a lifetime avoiding recipes that need a rolling pin because I could never get the hang of them. Too heavy, or everything stuck to them, or never got the right thickness. But I wanted to make some doggie cookies and decided to give it another shot. I LOVE this one. The thickness guides are just what this amateur needs. A good weight, easy to roll, easy to clean. And the mat is perfect. It doesn’t slide, it has great guides, and it cleans up easily. A new world awaits!" —nzp

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in red or black). 

    9. A reusable bowl cover that's perfect for proofing bread, rolls, or any other yeast-based baked goods you want on your table. It's an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, and can be cleaned in the washing machine.

    Three stacked bowls covered with the reusable covers next to some cookies
    Stacy's Kitchen / Etsy

    Stacy's Kitchen is a San Francisco–based small business that makes handmade kitchen linens with a focus on sustainability. 

    Promising review: "Adorable! Perfect size for my proofing bowl." —Jenna Turco

    Get it from Stacy's Kitchen on Etsy for $11.98+ (originally $17.12+, available in six sizes and four patterns, as well as a set of three). 

    10. A set of dual-sided measuring spoons with both rounded and ovular ends to fit inside jars of all shapes and sizes. They're also magnetic and can be stacked atop one another to take up less space — plus, this set comes with a handy leveler to give you clean measurements.

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    Promising review: "I am the gadget lover of our family. I ordered a second set because I absolutely love these measuring spoons, they are ingenious! Not only do they fit compactly in my drawer, they magnetically stay together. Yet, they are easy to separate if I only need a teaspoon, which I could also stick to my stainless steel pan or bowl instead of putting it down on a dirty kitchen counter. And if you do set it on a flat surface, the bottom of the spoons are flat so the contents won’t spill over. When I have a recipe that calls for a liquid and a dry teaspoon ingredient, I now have one measuring spoon that serves two purposes... no more washing/drying the wet spoon or digging around for another teaspoon that may already be in the dishwasher. And then there’s the leveler that is an extra bonus I didn’t even expect! Love that the narrow side fits better in spice jars, and the extra sizes like the 3/4 teaspoon and the 1/2 tablespoon are for me the 'icing on the cake.' Also, they come in a very nice box perfect for wrapping up as a gift. I thought I had the very best stainless steel measuring spoons from gourmet retailers until I found these... They are the best of the best!!" —PrimeView

    Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in six designs).

    11. A Tovolo silicone spatula you'll be reaching for pretty much every time you whip up some holiday cake batter or cookie dough.

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    If I had to guess, I'd say I use this spatula for about 90% of the baking I do at home. What makes it so great? For starters, it's easy to grip and gives me a good sense of control, even when it comes to stirring thicker mixtures. But what really sets it apart is its "flex-core" design, which means it's bendy juuust around the edges to maneuver around a bowl's curves, and sturdy in the middle to withstand dense doughs and chunky mix-ins. It's also a pro when it comes to smoothing out brownie and cake batter, and I love that its soft texture means I don't have to worry about it scratching up my bowls and pans. Plus, it's easy to clean, BPA free, and heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. I highly recommend for any home baker looking for an inexpensive but, dare I say, life-changing tool!

    Promising review: "I am a constant baker — breads, cookies, cakes, and pastries. My old spatulas would scrape the bowl but hold gobs of dough on their edges in the grooves around the wooden handle. This smooth spatula is perfectly cleaned off on the side of the bowl. The wooden handle comes off the old ones — this handle is integrated. It's also very heavy-duty for scraping up and mixing those very thick cookie doughs. Worth every penny, and I'm replacing all my old spatulas. Sure wish this came in more colors!" —KP Florida

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79.

    12. Some pie stencils to trick your guests into thinking you're a seasoned pastry artist. No one needs to know about the crack in your key lime creation thanks to a little strategic dusting of powdered sugar.

    A pie that's been decorated using one of the pie stencils, surrounded by three of the stencils
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    They're made of food-safe mylar and can be hand-washed for multiple uses. Just make sure you don't bake your pie WITH the stencils on top (they're meant for post-baking decorating!). 

    Get a set of three from Food52 for $30 (available in text and graphic designs). 

    13. A 6-quart Lodge Dutch oven so gorgeous (those color options!), you'll forget you ever lusted over that "French brand" altogether. Oh, and you can also use it to cook practically anything you want, either on the stove top or in the oven. I'm thinking stuffing, stuffing, and more stuffing.

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    A beloved kitchen brand in its own right, Lodge is known for its durable cast iron cookware, and this Dutch oven is no exception. It's coated in enamel for easy cleanup, and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit — though it's also a pro at trapping in juices for tender braises and retaining heat for evenly cooked roasts. You can even use it to bake bread! To help prevent the enamel from chipping, be sure to avoid using with metal kitchen tools, and always wash by hand with non-brasive cleaning products.

    Promising review: "I've used many Le Creuset pans and had great results with almost all. I was getting ready to replace a 4.5-quart Dutch oven after 20+ years of regular use because the enamel was starting to wear thin, creating a hot spot that scorched the food, when I found the Lodge enameled cast iron. I was skeptical, but gave it a try and so far — only a month or two — it's every bit as good as the Le Creuset, and cost about a third as much. I'll update this review if I encounter problems, but so far, I'm happy." —Rootlesscosmo

    Get it from Amazon for $64.32+ (also available in five other sizes and in 26 colors).

    14. A chic cross-back apron (with pockets!) to protect your clothing from the inevitable flour clouds and saucy explosions you'll encounter during meal prep. It's so cute that you'll *almost* want to wear another apron over this one, but you can just toss it into the washing machine when it's time to clean. My favorite part? The fact that it won't dig into the back of your neck the whole time you're in the kitchen!

    Model wearing the gray apron and placing a wooden spoon in the pocket
    Magic Linen / Etsy

    Magic Linen is a family-run small business based in Lithuania that makes handmade textiles, from bedding to tablecloths. PS: This item is Oeko-Tex certified and ships for free!

    Promising review: "The absolute best thing I have ever treated myself to. Slip it on. No buckles, no ties, and no adjusting. Washes and wears beautifully. This is my second one. I also ordered my daughter one. She loves it as much as I do." —kathdona

    Get it from Magic Linen on Etsy for $57 (available in sizes S–XXL and eight colors). 

    15. Wilton cake strips for the perfectionist who wants impossibly smooth, flat layers without having to lop off any domed tops in the process (the domes are often like, a third of the cake!). All you have to do is adjust the strips to fit your pans, wet them, wrap them around your cake pans, and stick everything in the oven for super profesh-looking layers.

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    Promising review: "These really do work. You just soak them in ice water for a bit and put them around the pan and bake the cake, and the cakes come out much, much more level — no more dome top! After using these for the first time a year ago, I bought an extra set to have on hand for when I make multilayer cakes. You will still need to level your cake slightly, but it will be small adjustments rather than cutting off a large piece of the top. It is definitely easier to fit them to the pan BEFORE you get them wet — trying to adjust them when they are wet and cold is much more difficult. I've reused them multiple times with no issues. I highly recommend for anyone who does any basic level of cake baking/decorating." —Michelle E.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.19 (also available as a set of six).

    16. And, a Wilton cake leveler so you can evenly split your layers in half without being at the mercy of a serrated knife, which pretty much always leads to a comically jagged and slanted cut. Adjust the blade to your desired height using the measurement guide, then just saw through your cake.

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    Promising review: "I had never used a 'cake leveler' before, although I had tried the procedure with a knife a couple of times — with disastrous results. This thing...what a great idea! I was making a special cake for a special birthday, and I wanted the layers to be even. I baked four layers, de-panned them, and let them completely cool in the fridge for an hour (as was recommended to me). I actually baked enough layers for two cakes, just in case I had a horrible accident while leveling and needed to start over. When the moment came to level, I approached the cake with some trepidation, but I needn't have worried. The leveler sliced easily through each layer, with no tearing and no crumbling, and gave me perfectly flat tops. I ended up with two nearly perfect cakes. The trick is to be firm, but not rushed. A gentle sawing action did the trick. I will definitely be using this item a lot. My cakes finally look more like those made by the pros! Love it." —Dr H

    Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

    17. Some Baker's Joy no-stick baking spray to ensure your family's passed-down Bundt cake recipe comes out of the pan perfectly intact every. single. time.

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    My grandmother's copper Bundt cake pan is one of my most prized possessions, but let me tell you — the first cake I attempted to make in it was nothing short of a disaster. I'd thoroughly coated the pan with cooking spray, so when it came time to flip my cake out, I figured it would be smooth sailing. Cut to: the bottom two-thirds of the cake slipped out easily, while the top stayed stubbornly fixed to the inside of the pan. A baker's nightmare. I'd heard of Baker's Joy, but until that moment, I'd thought of it as "cheating." HOWEVER, I quickly got over myself and bought a can, and the next Bundt I made effortlessly glided out of the pan without me even having to do so much as tap on it (see photo above!). Let's just say Baker's Joy has a permanent place in my pantry until the end of time.

    Promising review: "I always used butter and flour or just sprayed pans with nonstick spray. This was an impulse buy, just to try it. Never going back. It’s so easy to use and works so well. I was really impressed with the way baked goods slip right out of the pan when you flip them to a cooling rack. Also for as much spray as I used (probably because I was closer than the recommended six inches when spraying) there was no flour taste or look to the cakes. This stuff is great and recommended to any baker. Very pleased with this item." —Shopper 402

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. An Oxo angled liquid measuring cup that allows you to see how much you're pouring from above, rather than having to pour, crouch down to read the measurement from the side, then adjust. Seriously where has this been all my life?

    The measuring cup holding one cup of liquid, determined by reading side and overhead measurements
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    It's also BPA free, and while it's *technically* dishwasher safe, some reviewers say they suggest hand-washing to keep the measurements from fading over time. 

    Promising review: "I love this measuring cup so much I want to marry it. I cook and bake a lot, and my eyes are getting old and they don't want to see those little marks on measuring tools, and my hands shake so it is barely possible to hold up a cup and squint to see the measurements. I can see these bold red numbers very well, and I can leave the cup on the cabinet while I measure. I feel like it changed my life in a small way. I had taken a permanent marker to my other measuring cups to mark the most used numbers, like 1/2 cup and 1 cup so I would not mess up a cake with the wrong amount of ingredients. Nothing bad to say about this little beauty." —nesmith52

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    19. A pair of extra-long oven mitts, because as someone who used to bake for a living, take it from me: Your wrists and forearms are the most vulnerable when it comes to oven burns, so it's wise to keep that area as covered-up as possible! Plus, a little extra protection will boost your confidence when it comes to taking piping hot cooking vessels in and out of the oven.

    Reviewer wearing the red and black oven mitts
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    Promising review: "There is nothing to dislike about these oven mitts. They arrived quickly and I use them every day. I've baked cookies and bread and roasted meat and veggies without a single burn, which is a first for me. These long mitts protect way up on my arms and they are very flexible...no more pans slipping out of my hands because of padded cotton mitts that are too bulky to allow for a good grip. I will never use anything but these mitts, and I'm buying some for my daughter as well!" —Georgia grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in five colors, as well as a slightly smaller size). 

    20. A Black + Decker electric knife to effortlessly slice through your turkey, ham, or whatever roast you're cooking up this year. For peace of mind, it comes with a safety lock feature to keep it from accidentally turning on when it's plugged in!

    Reviewer photo of sliced bread next to the electric knife
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    Promising review: "I wished I could give 10 stars. I was concerned because this was a 'cheap' knife. I have used it approximately 15 times for different things, ham, turkey, brisket, bread, just to name a few. It works consistently and I've never had an issue with it. It stores easily and the entire knife cleans spotless after every single use. I wish the cord was a bit longer, but I can get over that! I absolutely recommend this to any level of chef/cook! It is so easy to use!!!" —Lorinda Phelps

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

    21. A digital scale that'll give you the most accurate measurements, especially when it comes to baking ingredients like flour. Scooping flour into a measuring cup can yield wildly different results depending on how tightly it's packed, which is why using a scale can keep your end product from being too dry (the WORST!). Plus, you'll have way fewer measuring tools to clean!

    Reviewer photo of the scale being used to weigh flour
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    It can weigh items ranging between 0.1 ounces to 22 pounds, and comes with batteries so you can try it out right away. Plus, it features a tare function, which allows you to place a mixing vessel (e.g., bowl) on top, zero out the weight, then add your ingredients and weigh just those. 

    Promising review: "I've never been one to measure out my ingredients this carefully before, but with Thanksgiving baking I wanted to step it up a bit. This came nicely packaged and had blue film over the scale itself, so it's still shiny when you get it. The tare option works well — just put your measuring whatever on it and then press 'tare' so when you add the ingredients, that's not included in the weight. You can measure in several formats (grams, kilograms, pounds and ounces, fluid ounces, and milliliters), which will definitely come in handy around my house. My husband has plans to use this for pool chemicals and rock tumbling. Apparently his other scales don't go up to 22 pounds and he really needs it to? Sure. Overall, the scale is very accurate and doesn't take up much space." —H. Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in blue or silver). 

    22. A seriously genius Wilton three-tiered collapsible cooling rack to cool up to three dozen cookies at a time without taking up a ton of counter space. You can also use it for cakes, pies, or anything else that would benefit from air circulation while cooling down.

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    Promising review: "I usually make three or four dozen cookies at a time, which need to be cooled, iced, and then dried. It requires a lot of space. This collapsible cooling rack is a great space saver, expanding upwards to fit all my cookies — and takes up very little storage space. There are two locks — one on the bottom rack and one on the top rack — which snap in place to prevent the rack from collapsing on your cookies. Just hand-wash the rack and set aside to dry and it will be ready to do its next job! I am satisfied with this so far." —donna

    Get it from Amazon for $18.81.

    23. An unassuming bowl scraper that looks like a simple piece of flexible plastic but will help your batters turn out nice and homogenous, as well as loosen bread doughs from the bottom of your mixing bowl. It's important to incorporate everything that gets stuck to the sides of your bowl when mixing, and this handheld tool gets the job done quickly.

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    Promising review: "Works great! Great for scraping and cutting the dough! Just right flexibility and firmness." —Sin

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in two color schemes and also as a three-piece set).

    24. Some sturdy Oxo mixing bowls equipped with nonslip bottoms, so you can whisk your whipped cream to your heart's content without worrying about everything flying off the counter. They also have convenient pouring spouts and are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Reviewer photo of the white mixing bowls stacked inside one another
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    Bonus: They conveniently stack inside one another for more compact storage. 

    Promising review: "My favorite bowls. Our cat is a jerk. He likes to knock things off the counter. I was seriously tired of it and drew the line after my favorite glass mixing bowl ended up in a million pieces. I bake and cook a lot. So I was super picky and researched a bunch of plastic bowls before buying these. They are the perfect sizes. They stay put on slippery granite and never stain!! They will be my new, go-to wedding gift, I love them that much. I make everything in them; even tomato sauce hasn't stained them." —volvomom

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in two color schemes, as a set with a whisk, and as a set with a batter bowl). 

    25. A nifty herb leaf remover that separates the leaves from the stem in one fell swoop. That's right, no more picking each leaf off individually, and no more unpleasant stems sneaking their way into your food. 🙌

    Mud Pottery Studios / Etsy

    Mud Pottery Studios is a small business based in Mendocino, California that makes small clay trinkets and accessories for the kitchen and home. 

    Promising review: "This is a great addition to my kitchen. Well-made and good looking. I've been using it for cilantro and am very happy with it." —rohshambo

    Get it from Mud Pottery Studios on Etsy for $17.50 (available in eight colors). 

    26. An easy-to-grip Oxo cookie scoop to ensure your balls of cookie dough are consistent in size. Not only will they look prettier that way, they'll all finish baking at the same time, too! I mean, we all know how seriously you take your cookie swaps.

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    You can also use them to evenly portion cupcake batter. 🧁

    Promising review: "I really like Oxo products and have many of them. The quality is always right up there. I have both the small and medium cookie scoops. The small one is the one I use most, but I like the medium-sized one if I'm giving cookies away as gifts or want to take them to social gatherings. It just makes a generous cookie for giving. I prefer the smaller scoop when making cookies just for my husband and I. I like the fact that these scoops make cookies uniform in shape and size. Prior to buying these scoops, I just used a spoon and my cookies were anything but uniform! The dough slides out of the scoops very easily and keeps my fingers clean." —Rosebud

    Get it from Amazon for $14.94+ (available in three sizes).

    27. A Crock-Pot slow cooker that'll take all the work out of making that pot roast recipe you bookmarked (but you should definitely take all the credit!). Just set it and forget it — now, you'll have plenty of time to focus on your least-likely-to-start-chaos place card strategy. 😬

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    Beyond the holidays, just think of all the hearty things you'll be able to braise, stew, and simmer this season — with hardly any effort on your part! And if you're looking for inspiration, there's a recipe guide included to give you some ideas. 

    Promising review: "THANK YOU, GOD, FOR THIS POT! I purchased two because I have been making a lot of apple butter for friends and family. I had one regular-sized one and a large electronic one. I found out the small one made my apples CARAMELIZE better than the LARGE ELECTRONIC ONE! Because the small one reduces and caramelizes the apples more, the scent throughout the house is 'heavenly,' and the THANK YOUS I get are worth buying two or three at a time for me!" —Mrs_Belle

    Get it from Amazon for $26.32+ (available in three sizes).

    28. A stainless-steel roasting pan you'll want to have if you're on turkey duty this year (or if you just like roasting things in general). It comes with a rack for even air circulation and a lid to seal in those meaty juices.

    Reviewer photo of a turkey and vegetables inside the roaster
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    Not only does using a roasting rack promote more even cooking, it's also theatrical — raise your hand if you get excited by the sight of a glistening roast being lifted out of a shiny silver pan! Many reviewers say that even though this affordable pan doesn't have nonstick coating, it's a breeze to clean, and most recommend washing by hand. 

    Promising review: "Great for roasting and keeping meat juicy and moist. I've done lamb leg, duck, chicken, and pork in there since buying it, and they all come out well. I wish i had bought this sooner." —Happy Camper

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    29. A lace-patterned rolling pin for imprinting intricate designs onto cookie and pie doughs. Yes, you can pretend it took you hours when everyone starts complimenting your handiwork!

    The lace-patterned rolling pin next to some cookie dough that's been imprinted with the lace design
    Mood For Wood / Etsy

    Mood For Wood is a small business based in Poland that makes a wide variety of embossed rolling pins (I'm pretty in love with this dachshund design). Included with your purchase is the company's recipe for embossed cookies, along with tips for how to care for your rolling pin. 

    Promising review: "Wow, what beautiful woodwork. Well-made and better in person than in the pictures. They came really fast. We are extremely pleased." —Karen Hendrix

    Get it from Mood For Wood on Etsy for $22.17 (originally $26.09). 

    30. A versatile Hamilton Beach food processor to save you So. Much. Prep. Time. Not only does it come with a reversible disc for slicing and/or shredding, it's also a "whiz" at pureeing (pumpkin pie filling, we're coming for ya).

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    Promising review: "When my decades-old Cuisinart finally gave up the ghost, I was devastated. I used it for absolutely everything and had pretty much forgotten how much harder cooking was before it was invented. But with tons of holiday cooking looming on the horizon, I had to have one. Being decades older now myself, I just could not justify the cost of replacing it with another Cuisinart. After reading the reviews on this Hamilton Beach model, I decided to gamble that it would, at least, handle some of the more routine things I throw into the bowl. Holy guacamole! What a workhorse! It has more than exceeded my expectations but — even more amazing — it cleans up easier and faster than my old food processor. You can truly teach an old cook some wonderful new recipes with a tool like this." —C. White

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in two sizes).

    31. An immersion blender containing more attachments than your boss's emails (but you'll actually want to open these). Love making soup but hate burning yourself when it's time to transfer the mixture to a blender to make it smooth? This handy tool takes the transfer step out altogether, so everything stays in the pot and off of you.

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    It also comes with whisk and frother attachments and is equipped with eight speed settings to suit whatever level of immersion you're going for.

    Promising review: "This blender is well above and beyond what I was expecting. I've used it to blend soups, whip heavy whipping cream into whipped cream with the whisk attachment, and froth milk with the frother. I was contemplating buying the KitchenAid version just because I already own their products and am familiar with the company, but honestly I'm happy with this one. Definitely worth the money! 10/10 would blend again." —Seth Detwiler

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    32. A pie crust shield to keep those edges from getting too much color while the interior finishes baking. So much easier than having to tent with foil!

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    It adjusts to fit pies ranging from 8–11.4 inches, and is BPA-free!

    Promising review: "Can’t live without these. You spend so much time preparing everything to make the perfect pie and then you notice that the crust is getting burnt. Argh. So you grab the aluminum foil and try not to burn your hands as you gingerly place it on the pie. This product is a game changer. It fastens into place to accommodate even little pot pies. You can put it on at the start and take it off near the end to brown the crust. No more burnt crust, I love it. I stick it in the dishwasher and it’s ready for the next pie. Worth the smile you’ll have on your face when you take your masterpiece out of the oven." —Oleh Haluszka

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99 (available in red or green). 

    33. And last but certainly not least, a cushy kitchen mat your legs will thank you for during your epic cooking marathon. Now, time to prop your feet up and FEAST!

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    Believe it or not, comfortable kitchen mats can cost way more than you'd think, but this affordable version has thousands of great reviews. It's waterproof, has a nonslip bottom, and is super easy to clean. 

    Promising review: "For over a year, we've been cooking more meals in our kitchen, and the tile floor is very hard on our legs when you are just standing by the sink washing and prepping foods, not to mention washing dishes, etc. This kitchen mat relieves leg fatigue. So much so, no one is complaining about it anymore. Really such a good value compared to all the other more expensive alternatives. My only advice is when you receive the mat, to put it on a flat surface and weigh the edges down for a day or two, since it has a tendency to curl up after you unpack it. Other than that, it's great." —C. Cruz

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors). 

    Your guests the second you place your perfectly-baked pie on the table:

    Hey Arnold

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