Baking homemade cookies is a lot more enjoyable if 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, small hand mixer electric I have had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.
Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless.
Wooden Spoons: Great for stirring brownies batter
Measuring Spoons: One or two sets of graduated spoons designed specifically 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 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 one of my favorite inexpensive cookie making tools
Microplane: An excellent tool for zesting and grating zest from citric fruit and chocolate
Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a piece of cake and are available in a multitude of sizes. With a silicone liner you are able to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An essential aid for fast and simple baking. Available 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. If you only bake occasionally or have limited space, focus on 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 least a 6-cup capacity.