Baking homemade cookies is a lot more enjoyable when you have the right tools and equipment. Here’s a list of items which can help insure cookie baking success.
9 X 13-inch
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although many 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 steel.
Wooden Spoons: Great for stirring brownies batter
Measuring Spoons: One or two 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 set 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: A couple of 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 the best inexpensive cookie making tools
Microplane: A wonderful 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 wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner it is possible to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Be sure that you not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An essential 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 really like my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, for making brownies and cookies. In the event that you only bake occasionally or have limited space, start with one or the other. If you bake a lot, you will eventually want both.
Food Processor: I’m a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They can really speed up the process for most kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.