10 Must-Have Baking Essentials

Our Test Kitchen swears by these tools of the trade

  1. Rimmed Baking Sheet

Sometimes called a jelly roll pan, this is a baker’s workhorse. Use it for cookies, scones, shortbread, and more. Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick Jelly Roll Pan 

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  1. Spatulas

Essential for scraping down bowls and gently folding ingredients into batter. Look for them in heat-proof silicone. GIR Ultimate and Mini spatulas

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  1. Scale

For weighing out ingredients, because in baking, precision counts. Rösle Digital Scale

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  1. Kitchen Timer

For keeping tabs on multiple things cooking at once—even if your oven already has a timer. Oxo Good Grips Triple Timer 

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  1. Measuring Spoons

Graduated measuring spoons for dry ingredients or liquids. All-Clad Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

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  1. Cake Pans

The key to uniform layer cakes. Look for 8- or 9-inch pans that are 2 inches deep. Wilton 9-inch Recipe Right Cake Pan

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  1. Pastry Brushes

Great for buttering pans or applying egg washes and glazes. Ateco Natural Boar Bristle Flat Pastry Brushes 

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  1. Bench Scraper

The all-around baker’s tool: loosen dough from your work surface, divide dough, transfer nuts from the chopping board to the bowl, score chopped nuts or chocolate. Think of it as an extension of your hand. Stainless Steel Pastry Scraper

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  1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

It may not be 100% necessary, but a mixer cuts down on the elbow grease, from whipping egg whites to kneading dough. And it keep your hands free. KitchenAid Professional 600™ 6-qt. Bowl-Lift Bowl Stand Mixer 

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  1. Rolling Pin

Heavier is better; a rolling pin without handles will give you more control. Pepin French Taper Rolling Pin

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