Baking homemade cookies will be a lot more cake rotator enjoyable if you have the right tools and equipment. Here’s a list of items that can help insure cookie baking success.

Baking Pans and Cookie Sheets: Come in a multitude of styles and materials. Dark metal pans absorb heat and will cause cookies and brownies to brown quicker. Shiny metal pans reflect heat making them ideal for more delicate baked treats. Air-cushioned sheets provide extra protection from burning but ensure it is difficult to acquire golden brown cookies. Glass pans carry heat better so your oven temperature has to be adjusted down 25 degrees when working with them. I prefer dull, light colored durable aluminum baking pans. Basic pan sizes you’ll want in your collection include:

9 X 13-inch
8-inch square
9-inch square
9-inch round
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.
Wooden Spoons: Ideal 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 that has a spout and a set of dry graduated measuring cups

Spatulas: One thin metal spatula for removing cookies from the pan and a couple of 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 my favorite inexpensive cookie making tools

Microplane: A wonderful tool for zesting and grating zest from citric fruit and chocolate

Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a breeze and are available in a wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner it is possible to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.

Parchment Paper: An essential aid for quick and easy baking. Obtainable in both rolls and sheets, I bake all my cookies on parchment lined sheets for the easiest 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, focus on one or the other. In the event that you bake a lot, you’ll eventually want both.

Food Processor: I’m a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They can really speed up the procedure for many kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one which has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.