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    Updated on Aug 3, 2020. Posted on Aug 1, 2020

    36 Baking Tools Essential For Basically Any Baker

    Never bake another batch of cookies without a silicone mat again.

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    1. This bakeware set so you can own all the basics of what you need to make your favorite yummy treats — endless cookies, cupcakes, and loaf cakes are just less than $30 away.

    The bakeware set with pans for cookies, pie, cupcakes, and loaf cake

    The set includes one 9x5-inch loaf pan, two round 9-inch cake pans, a 12-cup muffin pan, a 13x9-inch roasting pan, and a 13x9-inch baking sheet.

    Promising review: "After doing research, I realized this set was the best price for each bakeware item. I just started baking in earnest and I don't want to spend wildly on baking tools when I'm a mediocre baker. These are actually standard sizes and trays across most of the recipes I've encountered. Used most of them already and am loving them!" —V. Rogers

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $26.65.

    BTW, check out these easy cake recipes as inspiration for the first thing you'll bake once your new set of pans come in.

    2. A glass mixing bowl set because what else are you gonna use to whisk eggs and mix ingredients? Plus, this set looks so simple yet ~professional~ that you might feel like you're on camera on your very own Food Network show every time you mix ingredients in these.

    The set with three glass mixing bowls in varying sizes
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    The set includes a 1 quart bowl, a 1-1/2 quart bowl, and a 2-1/2 quart bowl.

    Promising review: "Every kitchen needs a set of different-sized mixing bowls. Pyrex makes the best — these glass bowls are virtually unbreakable, can be used for hot or cold food, and the variety of sizes is perfect." —Chicago Nan

    Get a pack of three from Bed Bath & Beyond for $12.99.

    3. This handcrafted small canister perfect for storing chocolate chips or sprinkles in to top off your favorite homemade goodies.

    A cylindrical shaped canister with a ribbed siding and a wood lid
    Effortless Composition

    Effortless Composition is a Black-owned, woman-owned company that brings customers artisanal pieces to upgrade your space.

    Get it from Effortless Composition for $9.

    4. A reusable silicone baking cup set that'll easily coerce your cupcakes and muffins out of the liner (and allow you to reuse 'em over and over and never pay for paper liners again).

    A person pouring batter into the colorful silicone baking cups

    Promising review: "These little thingies are perfect! I made some muffins with them and they came out incredibly easily with no residue on the cups at all. I didn't have to use grease or anything. The colors are bright and fun, and they you plenty of each color. These are slightly smaller than a regular cupcake pan/liner, which is actually perfect for my purposes. As others have mentioned, the cups are a bit on the flimsy side, so make sure they're on a baking sheet before you fill them because they can be difficult to transport once full." —kapplejack

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.18 (also available as a pack of 24).

    Wait a sec!! Have you heard of this baking hack to turn your boxed mix into deliciously rich and moist cupcakes??

    5. This decorating tip kit for seriously upping your cake decorating skills. Your family will be totally stunned when you tell them that no, you did not just buy this cake from a fancy, schmancy bakery — you made it yourself.


    This set comes with an assortment of couplers, flower nails round tips, star tips, leaf tips, drop flower tips, ruffle tips, basketweave tips, speciality tips, a cake icer tip, a grass tip, and a storage case. You'll also need to use these with a piping bag, which you can get for $5.50.

    Promising review: "I love this set. I use it to decorate cupcakes for my kid's class. I love these, there are so many different tips and it came with a sheet to show what tips make what design. Super easy to use. This would make a perfect gift to any decorating friends or family members." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 55-piece set from Amazon for $27.45.

    Decorating tips themselves are fairly easy to use, however it can take lots of practice to really get the hang of executing the look you're going for. Never fear! Check out these creative cake decorating tips.

    6. A KitchenAid stand mixer that'll do all the hard work of mixing batter and dough. Plus, it'll just last you years and years and years.

    The KitchenAid stand mixer in white with an attached bowl

    This stand mixer has 10 different speeds from very slow stir all the way to very fast whip to meet all your prepping needs. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip.

    Promising review: "I found this machine incredible. I do a bunch of cooking at home and baking, and I already put this KitchenAid to use numerous times. It looks super amazing. It is super durable and will definitely last me for a long time. It has an adequate weight and is very sturdy. It goes through food and does what it is supposed to do with ease. It is not as loud as my older machine. I love the included dough hook. I will purchase more attachments in the future. Thank you so much. Very satisfied." —Robert

    Get it from Wayfair for $259.99 (available in two colors), Target for $259.99 (available in two colors), or a similar model from Amazon for $217.95 (available in 57 colors),

    7. This pastry blender so you can stop combining your croissant dough with a fork and start using something way more effective.

    The pastry blender with a handle and five blades immersed in a bowl of flour

    Promising review: "This works like nobody's business! The best pastry blender – can't get better than this. It makes quick work of the job because of how well it works. It should be labeled 'industrial strength.' OXO knocked it out of the park with this guys, as usual. Great ergonomics, great manufacture quality, and I love how the 'blades' are perfectly angled and have an edge to them. It could easily last a lifetime. I'm 100% satisfied, in case you couldn't tell." —CF

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. A silicone baking mat to help you avoid wrestling cookies off an un-greased baking sheet. Trust me, a silicone mat is way more convenient than measuring and cutting parchment paper you'll have to throw out once you're done baking.

    Cookies on a silicone baking mat

    Promising review: "I LOVE these mats. Excellent quality and price. There are many brands more expensive and these do the same thing. I live a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle so these mats eliminate the need and use of oil to roast vegetables, bake cookies, and other baked goods. They are so easy to clean and nonstick, so hot water and a soft rub and the mats clean them up well. I don't know how I did without them! I will never buy foil or parchment paper again. Potatoes are crispy without the use of oil too!" —Crystal Audas

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three styles and packs of two, three, and four).

    Speaking of cookies, check out my post on how to make ~superb~ cookies using Joanna Gaines' chocolate chip cookie recipe.

    9. This nonstick cooling rack to provide your freshly baked treats an appropriate spot to cool off — especially when you need to get 'em out of the way quickly so you can populate your baking sheet with a new batch for the oven.

    The cooling rack, which is big enough to fit 15 one-inch cookies

    Promising review: "Love these cooling racks and that it can be used in the oven. My wings came out amazing and crisp using these racks! I also use them quite a bit for cooling my baked goods. Also, it is very easy to clean!" —iman1200

    Get it from Target for $9.

    10. A silicone pastry mat with measurements because you're tired of simply "eyeballing it" when you roll out your pie crust only to be left with dough that doesn't quite fit the pan properly.


    It allows you to measure dough/crusts from six to 15 inches! It features marked, easy-to-read measurements, and is made of flexible, nonstick silicone that offers instant, easy release without the use of grease. It also helps to keep moisture in, without retaining odors.

    Promising review: "This mat is wonderful! I've used it for more than a year now, and it makes cookies and pie crusts so easy to handle that I use it every time I bake cookies, pies, and potpies. I've had no problems at all with the color coming off, and it's handy to use the circles to roll out different sizes of crust for tops, bottoms, and various-sized pie plates. A few drops of water on my counter under the mat keeps the mat from slipping when I'm rolling out crusts, yet it lifts up easily to move the crust to a pie plate without breaking the crust. Nothing seems to stick, as long as I use a small amount of flour. And cleanup is a breeze!" —GreenWeaver

    Get it from Amazon for $12.23.

    11. This graduated-sized springform pan set to help you easily slide your cakes right out of the pan after they're done baking — seriously, your perfectly baked cheesecake will thank you.


    The set includes 7-, 9-, and 11-inch pans, 50-pieces of parchment paper, one icing smoother, and a washing sponge.

    Promising review: "My husband is a cheesecake FAN! I make cheesecakes at least once a month, if not more. I had borrowed a springform pan from a friend, (for a long time), and realized I needed my own. I was only looking for one but then I stumbled upon this three-piece set. I love that I can make different sizes and types of cakes from this awesome set. Now I can make more than one at a time, which is awesome. They are easy to use, and lock tight. What a great set!" —Jennifer L. Shearer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $24.99, or just one pan for $12.99.

    12. A cookie cutter set filled with 101 shapes and letters so you can have no limit to the types of fun cookies you can create.

    The cookie cutter set in various shapes and colors

    Includes shapes for Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, Super Bowl Sunday, letters of the alphabet, and more!

    Promising review: "I’m so glad I went for this set instead of spending tons of money on steel cutters. I made Halloween cookies with my 7-year-old nephew using the Halloween ones, and we both had lots of fun! Cuts nicely and cleanly, dough does not stick to the plastic, and I hand-washed them and let them dry on the rack just like any other utensil/dish, and they were fine. No complaints here." —JK

    Get it from Amazon for $16.45.

    13. This pack of ceramic pie weights that'll help your bottom crust bake evenly and avoid shrinking or bubbling.

    The ball-shaped ceramic pie weights inside of a pie

    Promising review: "These made my crust come out exactly as I wanted it to be without having to punch holes in it. I would suggest letting them cool before they're returned to the container. Also, they rinse off very well with just plain warm water for cleaning after use. I also put aluminum foil on top of the pie crust before I put the pie weights in — this keeps them from sticking to the crust." —Very Happy

    Get them from Amazon for $4.79+ (available in two styles and as a pack of two).

    14. A lovely rotating cake stand to help you effortlessly frost every inch of your cake without practically climbing over the counter to do so.

    A model frosting a cake being held up by the circular cake stand

    Promising review: "I ordered this cake stand right before the holidays. I love that it's more sturdy than some of the plastic stands and it doesn't come with any unnecessary cake decorating tools that I already have. The stand revolves in both directions, making it great for righties and lefties. Great product!" —Laura DuPriest

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    15. This pie dish that's actually the perfect size and depth for baking classic pies so your treats don't end up being too deep or too shallow. Plus, it has a simple but beautiful look that'll make for a pretty presentation when you're done.

    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "I don't know if my pies will taste better in this pan, but I know they look better. Presentation is a major part of the experience, so this is a time when appearance is important." —Anna P.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $39.96 (originally $44.95; available in five colors).

    Here's a set of de-lish pie recipes you can try for yourself once you get yourself a pie dish (or two or three).

    16. And this pie crust mold because it'll make it sooo easy to bake a pie with a beautiful, intricate crust that looks like you spent a really long time braiding them. In reality, all you'd do is press a strip of dough into the mold and voila!

    The mold with cavities for five different braided pie crusts
    Williams Sonoma

    You can use the pan create a rope crust, a braided crust, a pearl-inspired crusted, a herringbone crust, and a basket weave crust.

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $16.95.

    17. A pack of three silicone spatulas to make mixing batter, folding dough, scraping the bowls, and decorating your baked treats quick and easy.

    The silicone spatulas with frosting on some of them

    This three-piece set features a small spatula designed to scrape jars and easily spread condiments, an all-purpose spatula great for mixing batter, folding dough, and scraping the mixing bowl, as well as fluffing up batter or eggs without damaging dishes and cookware, and a spoonula (half-spoon and half-spatula) for mixing, folding, serving, and scraping.

    Promising review: "It's a set of rubber spatulas. What can I say? They do not mow the lawn for me or clean the toilets, but they do scrape batter out of a bowl like nobody's business, and the tips slide off easily into the dishwasher so that both parts can clean properly without stowaway remnants remaining in the space between the spatula head and the base. Have had these for a long time now, using almost daily — I cook almost everything from scratch because I am crazy and a glutton for punishment, and after washing almost daily in the dishwasher, they are still like new." —M

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.52.

    18. This pack of 12 gel food coloring jars to help you breathe some life into your baked goods with a little ~color~. The gel formula gives you more control to add as much or as little as you need for your desired shade.


    Promising review: "This dye was the star of my first specialty cake making experience. I used it to dye the fondant black, light brown and dark brown. I used it to dye my frosting yellow. It goes a long way. Use a toothpick and gradually add a little color to your fondant and knead the color in, adding a little at a time until you reach the desired color. The frosting, oh...I was able to achieve this golden, beautiful yellow and it looked fantastic. No odor and absolutely tasteless. I am so excited to make more cakes so I can experiment more with the colors, mixing and making them lighter and darker. This set has endless possibilities and will last me a long while too!" —Sharri M

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $13+ (available in packs of up to five).

    19. A set of measuring spoons and measuring cups so you can always be sure you're pouring in the correct amount of vanilla extract, salt, or cream of tartar, and adding just the right amount of flour or sugar.

    A set of five measuring spoons for 1/4 teaspoon to one tablespoon, and a set of four measuring cups for 1/4 cup to one cup

    Promising review: "I bought one set of the measuring spoons and cups for my daughter-in-law. I love the colors and think that she might appreciate it too. The second set I bought for myself, as I knew I was going to be jealous if I didn't have them. I have another set but I like this set better." —A. Tabares

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    20. And this Pyrex measuring cup so you can always ensure that you're pouring exactly 3/4 of cup of oil or other liquid, and don't end up with a batter that's too runny or not thin enough.

    A reviewer showing the pyrex glass measuring cup, which measures up to one cup of liquid

    Promising review: "My daughter dropped my measuring cup similar to this and it shattered on the floor. I found several to choose from on Amazon, but this was the best deal for the best quality. Pyrex is a brand I trust so I didn't hesitate to jump on this deal. It arrived in perfect condition. It's easy to see the measurement numbers and lines. It's a nice thick glass." —Chris C.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.37.

    21. Or a kitchen scale designed to give you suuuper precise measurements for the weight of your ingredients because baking is a science and you'd be surprised how much just a few extra grams of flour or butter can impact your final product.


    Promising review: "This scale does what it is designed to do. 😊 It's pretty easy and basic to use. It has several measurements to choose from and you can put a container on it and then zero it out so you can put food in the container and only read the food." —Marissa

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in five colors).

    22. This offset spatula that makes frosting a cake wayyyy easier than it would be with just a normal knife.

    A person using the spatula to frost the side of a cake
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "I have several Ateco offset spatulas in various sizes, and I use them on a daily basis. If you're a baker who frequently makes brownies, bar cookies, and cakes, you need to have at least one offset stainless-steel icing spatula in your collection. The blade is the ideal combination of strength and flexibility, and using an offset spatula means that you don't end up dragging your knuckles through your frosting as you work around a cake. It's useful for leveling brownie and cake batters to ensure even baking and is a must-have for spreading frosting, particularly on quick-setting sheet cakes like Texas cocoa cake. It's also my tool of choice for spreading fillings and frosting layer cakes. When you're finished, you can either hand-wash or pop it in the dishwasher." —Master baker

    Get it from Sur La Table for $6+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A decorating tool that'll help even beginner bakers create pro-level frosting designs on pies, cakes, brownies, and more.

    The decorating tool creating small, rose-like puffs of cream on a pie

    It comes with four decorating tips, a fill tip, and two couplers, however this decorator can also be used with most standard Wilton tips!

    Promising review: "I am not a baker by any means and when I do bake cupcakes, I loathe frosting them... but, in an attempt to save money on my daughter's birthday party I thought I would bake my own cupcakes, which meant I would have to frost them too. Desperate, I found this in my Amazon search to ease my decorating anxiety. It was easy to use, the cupcakes looked great, and clean up was super easy! I would buy again, and I will recommend to all my mommy friends!!!" —Sara Nich

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49.

    24. This bread proofing bowl designed to keep moisture away from your dough so you end up with a nice, crispy crust. Plus, it includes a scraper and a washable linen cloth.,

    Promising review: "Just made my first bread in my new proofing basket, and it came out great! Basket is nice and sturdy, I like that it comes with the instructions on how to make sure your bread comes out of the basket and a scraper. I like the attention to details, it is my second item from the Bread Bosses and I have to say the little things make a big difference. You can see and feel quality in their products." —Marzena G.

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in two sizes and two scraper colors).

    25. An egg separator because you're tired of trying to separate your egg whites by hand only to end up getting a good amount of yolk in there, too.

    The separator placed over a bowl with the egg yolk in the center and the egg whites dripping into the bowl

    Promising review: "Love the egg separator! I make a lot of angel food cake from scratch this is the best one I have ever had. Beats the Tupperware one by miles!" —barb

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. This set of two donut pans to make whipping up a dozen of your favorite ring-shaped treats wayyyy easier than it would be to shape the dough by hand.

    Donuts that were made in the pan

    Promising review: "Great product! Used these to make gluten-free and regular donuts and they worked great. I still sprayed the pans with cooking spray before putting the dough in, and the donuts slid right out of the pan — no worries about sticking at all. The size is just a bit smaller than regular donuts that you would find at the store but that really doesn't affect anything. Would definitely recommend this product." —Lisa

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $20.79.

    27. A set of Star Wars-inspired cookie cutters perfect for bringing your love for the franchise to sweet, sweet life.

    The cookie cutters and cookies shaped like Darth Vader and other "Star Wars" characters
    Williams Sonoma

    Okay, these aren't really that essential, but for my Star Wars-loving friends who also enjoy baking, these are a must!

    Promising review: "I recently purchased this set to make cookies with my grandchildren. The cutters worked very well — both in cutting the dough and imprinting the image to the cookie. The dough released easily from the cutter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet." —SealMom

    Get a set of eight from Williams Sonoma for $29.95.

    28. These edible gold stars so you can make your treats look absolutely gorgeous by doing nothing more than sprinkling a pinch of these pretty little things over the tops of cupcakes, cookies, and other desserts.

    The edible gold stars on top of a cupcake

    Promising review: "These were fantastic! The tube is tiny, so honestly I didn’t think they’d go far, but I only used about one-third of a tube for 30 cupcakes. They were much easier to ‘sprinkle’ on than I thought they would be. They were really great for my daughter's Beauty and the Beast princess party." —Misty W Brown

    Get them from Amazon for $6.29.

    29. A brownie pan with a removable sectioning piece that'll practically eliminate the need for you to hand-cut the batch once it's done baking.

    The pan of perfectly divided brownies and the removable sectioning piece

    Promising review: "I didn’t bake brownies with the divider in it. Waited 30 minutes to cool then I pressed it into the brownies and ended up with the best brownies ever. Perfect size. The pan was smaller than my other pan so was afraid it would be too small. But absolutely NOT!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69 (available in two colors).

    30. This ramekin perfect for baking and broiling individual servings of crème brûlée, lava cakes, and more. Hint: the more you have, the more you'll be able to bake!

    The white, round ramekin with a ribbed side
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "What a buy! Theses are beautiful and perfect size for my Sticky Toffee Pudding!" —Lori A

    Get it from Sur La Table for $2+ (available in two sizes).

    Here's a chocolate lava cake recipe that'll knock your socks off.

    31. A sleek hand mixer that actually has a stand for storing your device and your blades when you aren't using them. In addition to the storage base and standard beaters, it also comes with two dough hooks.

    The mixer with a stand so you can store the blades and the device

    Promising review: "Pleasantly surprised with this mixer. Took a chance on ordering a mixer with an unfamiliar brand to me and I am not disappointed. First I have to say that I love the power of this mixer and the five different speeds. Have had problems with other brands not working so well with thicker batters. This one worked great. I love the look of this compared to other brands on the market. The beaters come out easily with the push of a button. Also comes with dough hooks which I have yet to try. This mixer comes with a stand for storing the mixer and beaters which makes it easier to find everything I need in one place when I need to use it. Great buy. Can’t wait to bake some more." —Ckmerc

    Get it from Amazon for $45.69.

    32. This little oven thermometer because it'll give you a more accurate reading on your oven temperature so when you follow your recipes to a T, you won't somehow be left with burnt cookie bottoms or a cheesecake with too many deep cracks on the top.

    The thermometer on an oven rack

    It reads between 60 and 580 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Promising review: "I bought this after persistent frustration with my oven. I live in a rental apartment and my oven is pretty crappy. I was suspicious that it wasn't as hot as it claimed to be when I preheated it. This isn't such a big deal if you're just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven for 20 minutes, but I like to cook. I feel like my oven has been cheating on me. I needed to catch it in the act. Am I a crummy baker, or is my oven the culprit? So, I bought this thermometer. The result: My oven really does suck! When it beeps for 350 degrees, the thermometer reads 300 degrees. Goodbye, delicious chicken parmigiana; hello salmonella! Goodbye, carefully scheduled 7:30 p.m. dinner; hello, 8:15 p.m. apologies and wine on an empty stomach! This thermometer is like a private investigator who reassures you that you're not paranoid." —Jordan Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $7 (also available in versions for the refrigerator and freezer).

    33. A pizza stone that'll help tonight's dinner cook more evenly so you don't end up with charred sections and all your hard work going to waste.

    A model putting mini pizzas on top of the round stone in the oven

    You can also use the pizza stone to bake bread (or TBH even cookies)!

    Promising review: "I could not wait to use this. There are many things you can cook on this so it's going to be fun experimenting with it. It did a great job with my pizza. I got a nice, crispy crust — not burnt or even close. It had some nice crunching on the outside and a soft inside, so it was perfect. It's an easy stone to care for and to store in your oven. No expensive pizza stone oven needed — you just need this round stone and it's just as good in my book. Don't forget to heat the stone up nice and hot first." —Keris

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

    34. This dough scraper to help you get every last bit of pastry and bread dough off the cutting board when you knead it. It can also easily cut your dough into desired sections, and it also works for fruit and veggies!

    A person using the edge of the scraper to cut dough

    Promising review: "I like this scraper. It cuts bread easily in half when making the recipe as directed. It works better than my plastic scraper for making sour dough loaves. It's also sturdy." —Gagirl76

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    35. A set of nonstick mini silicone loaf pans for all your banana bread baking needs. The silicone material makes it easy for your finished loaves to just pop right out of the pan.,

    Promising review: "I've used these eight times so far and I love them. I've made wheat and white bread, as well as cinnamon and sugar bread (basically a cinnamon roll loaf), which would have given me nightmares when it came to the clean up, at least in my old metal tins. These were a breeze to get the loaves out and to clean up. I adore that they are dishwasher-safe. These are phenomenal and I'd recommend them to everyone. I can't believe it took me so long to try them out. (They'd been in my Amazon cart for almost a year.)" —Matt Hill

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes).

    36. And this mini muffin tin to help you expedite baking up to 48 teeny, tiny treats all at once.

    The mini muffin tin with baked muffins in it

    Promising review: "I bought this to create cupcake bouquets and it works perfectly. All my cupcakes baked evenly and rose at the same time. I will be getting a lot of use out of this!" —Resa

    Get the 48-cup tin from Amazon for $21.89.

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