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21 Inexpensive Products All New Bakers Need

Silicone baking mats, an adjustable rolling pin, and Tasty baking sheets, and 19 more affordable baking products every newb needs. These'll help you rise to the occasion!

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1. Silicon baking mats so you'll never have to lose a single crumb of your precious cookie creations to the tyranny of a sticky pan.

Promising review: "My husband purchased this two-pack of baking mats for really cheap! Easy to use, easy to clean, and no more wasting money on foils. I smeared a bit of butter on the mat before placing the cookie dough, and I didn't use any utensil to scoop up the cookies. I waited a few minutes before using my hand to remove it ever so easily from the baking mat and voilà! Happy baker." —R1riderGet a pack of two from Amazon for $9.62.
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Promising review: "My husband purchased this two-pack of baking mats for really cheap! Easy to use, easy to clean, and no more wasting money on foils. I smeared a bit of butter on the mat before placing the cookie dough, and I didn't use any utensil to scoop up the cookies. I waited a few minutes before using my hand to remove it ever so easily from the baking mat and voilà! Happy baker." —R1rider

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.62.

2. A set of six super-durable measuring spoons narrow enough to slide smoothly into any spice jar.

Promising review: "I can't believe I'm writing a review about measuring spoons, but these spoons are such high quality they are worth telling people about. I've had many sets of measuring spoons over the years but none as nice as these. The first thing you notice is the weight of the set — these are heavy-gauge stainless steel that look like they will pretty much last forever. I bought them specifically for the rectangular shape to get into narrow spice jars, which they do beautifully. The handles are long and the handle is deeply engraved with both US standard or metric notation, so no problem, for example, if your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon or 15 ml. These would be perfect to give as part of cooking-themed wedding shower gift, or as a gift to yourself for being the one who does the cooking. Pretty much the only set of measuring spoons you'll probably need to buy unless you lose them." —DebraGet the six-piece set from Amazon for $9.97 (available in rectangular and oval).
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Promising review: "I can't believe I'm writing a review about measuring spoons, but these spoons are such high quality they are worth telling people about. I've had many sets of measuring spoons over the years but none as nice as these. The first thing you notice is the weight of the set — these are heavy-gauge stainless steel that look like they will pretty much last forever. I bought them specifically for the rectangular shape to get into narrow spice jars, which they do beautifully. The handles are long and the handle is deeply engraved with both US standard or metric notation, so no problem, for example, if your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon or 15 ml. These would be perfect to give as part of cooking-themed wedding shower gift, or as a gift to yourself for being the one who does the cooking. Pretty much the only set of measuring spoons you'll probably need to buy unless you lose them." —Debra

Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $9.97 (available in rectangular and oval).

3. Or a set of color-coded measuring cups and spoons to bring precision to your baking and brightness to your kitchen.

The cups and the spoons both come in a set of five increments.  Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.97.
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The cups and the spoons both come in a set of five increments.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.97.

4. An adjustable rolling pin with rings for 1/16-, 1/6-, 1/4-, and 3/8-inch thicknesses, to help you roll out your dough uniformly every time — even if you have the spacial awareness of Mr. Magoo.

Promising review: "I didn't think it was possible to feel this way about a rolling pin! I make a LOT of cookies. And the most annoying part of it, to me, is baking my cookies and finding that they're different thicknesses, or slanted. This solves that problem. Just roll out your dough with the thickness ring of your choice on either end, and that's it. If you're used to using a traditional rolling pin (like me) you may find that there's a tiny learning curve when it comes to using one like this. But I promise, it's not difficult once you get used to it. I could see the thickness rings getting in the way if you plan to roll out a large circle of dough, say for pie or pizza crust. But if your primary usage is for rolling out sugar cookie dough, go for it. It will change your life." —AngelaGet it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in multicolor and blue).
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Promising review: "I didn't think it was possible to feel this way about a rolling pin! I make a LOT of cookies. And the most annoying part of it, to me, is baking my cookies and finding that they're different thicknesses, or slanted. This solves that problem. Just roll out your dough with the thickness ring of your choice on either end, and that's it. If you're used to using a traditional rolling pin (like me) you may find that there's a tiny learning curve when it comes to using one like this. But I promise, it's not difficult once you get used to it. I could see the thickness rings getting in the way if you plan to roll out a large circle of dough, say for pie or pizza crust. But if your primary usage is for rolling out sugar cookie dough, go for it. It will change your life." —Angela

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in multicolor and blue).

5. A collapsible silicone double boiler so you can melt chocolate without scorching it.

Promising review: "This is just perfect for candy-coating dipping. I've used double boilers for years but this is so much better. Not only does it flatten for easy storage, but when the chocolate cools and hardens in the bowl, it pops out easily for reuse or cleaning. Easiest clean-up ever! Highly recommend." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $11.19.
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Promising review: "This is just perfect for candy-coating dipping. I've used double boilers for years but this is so much better. Not only does it flatten for easy storage, but when the chocolate cools and hardens in the bowl, it pops out easily for reuse or cleaning. Easiest clean-up ever! Highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

6. A dough scraper/shovel for scooping, scraping, slicing, and generally making you appear far more competent in the kitchen than you actually are (I won't tell).

Promising review: "Every now and then I run across a simple little tool that I knew about but never owned. I always used the side of my chef's knife to transfer chopped, diced, or minced food to the pan or bowl. I thought that a scoop or shovel was not necessary and was better suited for amateurs. Then I was cooking at a friend's house and saw him using this exact tool. I was shocked to see how quickly he picked up every bit of the chopped rosemary that was on his cutting board. As soon as I got home I purchased this tool, and I am glad that I did. In addition to using it as I shovel, I also use it to clean my cutting board, especially when I have been rolling dough on it. I also can divide dough with the knife edge of the scrape. Great product!" —Timothy B. RileyGet it from Amazon for $4.59+ (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "Every now and then I run across a simple little tool that I knew about but never owned. I always used the side of my chef's knife to transfer chopped, diced, or minced food to the pan or bowl. I thought that a scoop or shovel was not necessary and was better suited for amateurs. Then I was cooking at a friend's house and saw him using this exact tool. I was shocked to see how quickly he picked up every bit of the chopped rosemary that was on his cutting board. As soon as I got home I purchased this tool, and I am glad that I did. In addition to using it as I shovel, I also use it to clean my cutting board, especially when I have been rolling dough on it. I also can divide dough with the knife edge of the scrape. Great product!" —Timothy B. Riley

Get it from Amazon for $4.59+ (available in four colors).

7. A silicone pastry brush so you can brush your biscuits with butter and your pies with egg wash and your life with fresh-from-the-oven happiness.

Promising review: "I was sick of my old pastry brush (and the bristles that kept coming loose), so I decided to give this model a try. The silicone doesn't look like it would be as good at brushing on butter or egg wash, but it really is. The silicone is much easier to clean than a brush with bristles, too. I've always been impressed with OXO's customer service. A few years back, my can opener broke and they replaced it for free with no issue. It's nice to know they stand by their products and if there's an issue with them, they will fix it." —L. GalekGet it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in small and large).
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Promising review: "I was sick of my old pastry brush (and the bristles that kept coming loose), so I decided to give this model a try. The silicone doesn't look like it would be as good at brushing on butter or egg wash, but it really is. The silicone is much easier to clean than a brush with bristles, too. I've always been impressed with OXO's customer service. A few years back, my can opener broke and they replaced it for free with no issue. It's nice to know they stand by their products and if there's an issue with them, they will fix it." —L. Galek

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in small and large).

8. A two-pack of silicone-handled cookie sheets, because you know you're not making just one pan of cookies.

What's worse than having to bake cookies in shifts because you only have one cookie sheet? Okay, a lot of things, but this is one you can actually solve! Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.19.
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What's worse than having to bake cookies in shifts because you only have one cookie sheet? Okay, a lot of things, but this is one you can actually solve!

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.19.

9. A collapsible three-tiered cooling rack, just in case you decide to actually wait till your cookies are cool before shoving them all in your mouth (seems impossible, but different strokes!).

Promising review: "I don't really like to cook, and I don't bake all that often, but what kitchen DOESN'T have to turn out batches of cookies or pies or muffins or something like that for school, a potluck, a charity event, or the holidays? The wonderful thing about these racks is that they don't take up much room in your cabinet, so you don't have to feel bad about having them even if you only use them once a year. And they can go through the dishwasher! I sometimes get kitchen gadgets I don't really need, but I have no regrets about these puppies." —D.S.Get it from Amazon for $8.77.
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Promising review: "I don't really like to cook, and I don't bake all that often, but what kitchen DOESN'T have to turn out batches of cookies or pies or muffins or something like that for school, a potluck, a charity event, or the holidays? The wonderful thing about these racks is that they don't take up much room in your cabinet, so you don't have to feel bad about having them even if you only use them once a year. And they can go through the dishwasher! I sometimes get kitchen gadgets I don't really need, but I have no regrets about these puppies." —D.S.

Get it from Amazon for $8.77.

10. A cake decorating kit — including 36 icing tips, two silicone pastry bags, two flower nails, and two plastic couplers — because you're an artist, and the pastry is your canvas.

Promising review: "Bought this decorating set to do my son's first birthday cake and I love it. The tips are large and seem to be of very high quality. The variety of tips will allow for all kinds of different designs. It comes in a small convenient case that makes it easy to store. I wasn't sure about the reusable icing bags, but they are made of a very sturdy silicone, they are comfortable to hold, and are actually easy to clean. The reusable couplers make it much easier to use the piping tips. Would definitely recommend!" —NicolasGet it from Amazon for $10.99.
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Promising review: "Bought this decorating set to do my son's first birthday cake and I love it. The tips are large and seem to be of very high quality. The variety of tips will allow for all kinds of different designs. It comes in a small convenient case that makes it easy to store. I wasn't sure about the reusable icing bags, but they are made of a very sturdy silicone, they are comfortable to hold, and are actually easy to clean. The reusable couplers make it much easier to use the piping tips. Would definitely recommend!" —Nicolas

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

11. A digital scale to weigh your ingredients, because when it comes to baking, precision is everything.

Promising review: "This scale is exactly what I needed! I love that I can toggle between grams and ounces and liquid vs. dry. Ingenious! And such a bargain. It even came with a battery. It's slim and compact — it takes up almost zero space in my kitchen island drawer. I now weigh my ingredients like a pro, rather than just using measuring cups. I'm amazed at the difference that makes, especially for baking." —tennisashoeGet it from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "This scale is exactly what I needed! I love that I can toggle between grams and ounces and liquid vs. dry. Ingenious! And such a bargain. It even came with a battery. It's slim and compact — it takes up almost zero space in my kitchen island drawer. I now weigh my ingredients like a pro, rather than just using measuring cups. I'm amazed at the difference that makes, especially for baking." —tennisashoe

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A silicone spatula so you can scrape every last drop of batter out of that bowl.

Promising review: "This is the best silicone spatula I have used. It's flexible enough to be able to reach in the nooks and crannies to get all of your mix. However, it's also stiff enough that it's easy to maneuver all of your batter. It's in one piece so I don't have to worry about the blade popping off, food getting stuck in between the handle and the blade, etc. I highly recommend any of the sizes of this spatula!" —Kathleen B.Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).
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Promising review: "This is the best silicone spatula I have used. It's flexible enough to be able to reach in the nooks and crannies to get all of your mix. However, it's also stiff enough that it's easy to maneuver all of your batter. It's in one piece so I don't have to worry about the blade popping off, food getting stuck in between the handle and the blade, etc. I highly recommend any of the sizes of this spatula!" —Kathleen B.

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

13. Flaky sea salt, which, sprinkled on top of any baked good, is scientifically proven to improve its taste (it's like savory fairy dust).

Promising review: "Great addition to any baked goods. The coarse consistency adds a much more pronounced hit of salty flavor in each bite than standard, finely ground salt that is quick to absorb into the baked goods or disappear with any humidity. Great on top of cookies or brownies, and I'd recommend it as a cupboard staple to add a 'fancier' touch to any of your favorite baking recipes." —KevtraGet an 8.5-ounce box from Amazon for $6.97.
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Promising review: "Great addition to any baked goods. The coarse consistency adds a much more pronounced hit of salty flavor in each bite than standard, finely ground salt that is quick to absorb into the baked goods or disappear with any humidity. Great on top of cookies or brownies, and I'd recommend it as a cupboard staple to add a 'fancier' touch to any of your favorite baking recipes." —Kevtra

Get an 8.5-ounce box from Amazon for $6.97.

14. A set of two 10-inch springform cake pans to make it easy to extract your cakes when they're done baking (no shaking, knife-prying, or cursing required).

Springforms are magic! You just have to unlock the little lever and the pan's sides life away from your perfect cake. Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.
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Springforms are magic! You just have to unlock the little lever and the pan's sides life away from your perfect cake.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.

15. A wire whisk, because when you're trying to make perfectly blended batters, a fork isn't going to cut it.

Promising review: "Did my research and decided that this was the best universal whisk for just about anything that you would need in your kitchen before getting out the beaters. Of course OXO is the top line when it comes to utensils in the kitchen. And I love the way that this whisk is perfect to get down into a deep mixing bowl or easy enough to use on a small skillet when you are making a reduction sauce. Love how there is a whisk inside a whisk that allows for perfect distribution of ingredients. Nice handle, and dishwasher safe." —Kyle T.Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "Did my research and decided that this was the best universal whisk for just about anything that you would need in your kitchen before getting out the beaters. Of course OXO is the top line when it comes to utensils in the kitchen. And I love the way that this whisk is perfect to get down into a deep mixing bowl or easy enough to use on a small skillet when you are making a reduction sauce. Love how there is a whisk inside a whisk that allows for perfect distribution of ingredients. Nice handle, and dishwasher safe." —Kyle T.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. And a hand mixer, for when you need a little more horsepower in your blending.

Promising review: "I have to say I never had considered using an electric mixer to mix cookie dough, but after reading these reviews that's exactly what I did. It held up like a champ, nary a sound of a motor strain, and it has a handy plastic snap-on compartment for the beaters and whisk, which doesn't come with most of these. Plus, it's inexpensive. What's not to love?" —Ayesha SGet it from Amazon for $12.96.
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Promising review: "I have to say I never had considered using an electric mixer to mix cookie dough, but after reading these reviews that's exactly what I did. It held up like a champ, nary a sound of a motor strain, and it has a handy plastic snap-on compartment for the beaters and whisk, which doesn't come with most of these. Plus, it's inexpensive. What's not to love?" —Ayesha S

Get it from Amazon for $12.96.

17. A set of six microwave-safe nesting bowls so you'll be prepared for all baking contingencies, even if your kitchen is miniature.

Promising review: "I'm so glad I gave these a shot! They're durable, fit in the dishwasher, and are the perfect sizes. They are a higher quality than I was expecting and are holding up quite well." —TextShepherdGet the set of six from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in 10 color combos).
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Promising review: "I'm so glad I gave these a shot! They're durable, fit in the dishwasher, and are the perfect sizes. They are a higher quality than I was expecting and are holding up quite well." —TextShepherd

Get the set of six from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in 10 color combos).

18. A set of two silicone-handled loaf pans, because you + carbs is truly the greatest loaf of all.

These will rise to the occasion, every time.Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $13.74.
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These will rise to the occasion, every time.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $13.74.

19. An angled icing spatula to make frosting cakes with buttercream a butterdream.

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Promising review: "I purchased this for my angel food cake recipe. It worked like a charm, allowing me to easily remove my cake from the cake pan. It also helped me apply the icing on top with ease and can even be used as a scoop to serve cake slices! Great tool — wish I'd bought one years ago! Very sturdy, well made, and easy to store!" —JBaker

Get it from Amazon for $4.97+ (available in 9-inch and 13-inch).

20. An oven thermometer, because you should never trust your oven's dial when cookies are on the line.

Promising review: "What a great little product. My oven was 15 degrees off! Who knew? No wonder I would have to put things for longer time in the oven and it just messes up your cooking. I suggest this for EVERYONE! If you are following a recipe, or are trying something new, you are going to want to know what temperature you are cooking with. It's an inexpensive product that can make your life much easier." —I. GarciaGet it from Amazon for $7.
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Promising review: "What a great little product. My oven was 15 degrees off! Who knew? No wonder I would have to put things for longer time in the oven and it just messes up your cooking. I suggest this for EVERYONE! If you are following a recipe, or are trying something new, you are going to want to know what temperature you are cooking with. It's an inexpensive product that can make your life much easier." —I. Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $7.

21. A multipurpose pastry blender, which will cut butter, mash fruit, and chop nuts to perfection.

Promising review: "I LOVE THIS!!! I was so concerned that I wouldn't be able to find anything that came close to my decades-old pastry cutter. This one is even heavier, stronger, and better made! And it's not a one-trick pony! I not only use it for cutting shortening into pastry doughs, but also chopping hard-boiled eggs, and all sorts of things. Couldn't be happier with this purchase!!!" —T. MorganGet it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two sizes).
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Promising review: "I LOVE THIS!!! I was so concerned that I wouldn't be able to find anything that came close to my decades-old pastry cutter. This one is even heavier, stronger, and better made! And it's not a one-trick pony! I not only use it for cutting shortening into pastry doughs, but also chopping hard-boiled eggs, and all sorts of things. Couldn't be happier with this purchase!!!" —T. Morgan

Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two sizes).

22. A lovely antique-style cake stand that will make even the homeliest cake look fancy AF.

Promising review: "As a cake designer and pastry chef I'm always on the lookout for stylish cake stands at a great price. I happened upon this one and scooped one up at my local store and then proceeded to order four more for our rental selection. It's the perfect size, has a wide heavy-duty foot for stability for two tiered cakes, yet has an antique detail that is just gorgeous. BUY ONE NOW!" —MRousseauGet it from Target for $19.99.
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Promising review: "As a cake designer and pastry chef I'm always on the lookout for stylish cake stands at a great price. I happened upon this one and scooped one up at my local store and then proceeded to order four more for our rental selection. It's the perfect size, has a wide heavy-duty foot for stability for two tiered cakes, yet has an antique detail that is just gorgeous. BUY ONE NOW!" —MRousseau

Get it from Target for $19.99.

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