Every Tool You Need to Make Christmas Cookies

This is everything you need to win this year's Christmas cookie contest!

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December 06, 2019

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Holiday baking season is finally upon us, which means it's time to bring all your baking and decorating essentials out from hiding. And whether you're a seasoned baker or totally new to cookies, having the right tools makes all the difference. To make sure your cookies come out as perfect as possible, we've rounded up all the essentials for prepping, baking and decorating all of your Christmas cookies. Now there is nothing stopping you from taking the cake during this year's cookie contest!

Looking for some new Christmas cookies this year? Check out our 12 Days of Cookies for even more cookie inspiration, then shop this toolkit.

Cookie Prep


For almost any baking project, you're going to need help mixing up your doughs and batters. And, there is no better option than a classic KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer. This kitchen staple comes in an assortment of colors and mixing bowl options, meaning there is something for everyone. Plus, it's our top stand mixer pick, so you know it's a solid choice.

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If you're not quite ready to invest in a stand mixer, this Krups hand mixer can certainly get the job done in the meantime. It comes with an assortment of attachments, including silicone-tipped beaters, a dough hook and a balloon whisk, meaning it can tackle any baking project this cookie season. And, when the Food Network Kitchen tested out hand mixers, they found this one boasts impressive power while keeping pleasantly quiet.

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When it comes to rolling out cookie dough, you want a rolling pin that helps you maintain control while going easy on your hands and wrists. That's why the Food Network Kitchen recommends this Whetstone French Rolling Pin. In testing, they found this slim rolling pin produced even, smooth sheets of dough better than any other option.

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You might not put too much thought into what spatula you add to your cart for holiday cookie baking — but we're here to tell you that it's the thought that counts in this case. Take it from us (and the rest of the Internet) and opt for this silicone spatula from Get It Right. It's the perfect mix of flexible and sturdy, meaning it will hold up against firmer doughs, while also incorporating your ingredients with ease.

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Ensure your cookies come out of the oven looking uniform and evenly cooked by portioning out the dough with a cookie scoop.

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We love these nesting mixing bowls for their easy-pour spouts and easy storage. Plus, buying a set means you can whip up multiple cookie doughs at once!

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Measuring spoons and cups are a kitchen essential, whether you're baking or cooking. Get yourself ready for the holiday season with this combo pack that has everything you need.

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The Food Network Kitchen deemed this version from Chicago Metallic the best overall in testing. They found that these conduct heat evenly, perfectly browning the bottoms of cookies.

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These silicone mats from Silpat are great for baking cookies because they require no greasing and provide an even heat transfer, which means adding these to your baking this year will save you from the dreaded moment of realizing all your cookies are stuck to the sheet pan.

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For a kitchen gadget that works double-duty, snag this Silpat baking tray. In conjunction with Silpat mats, it is perfect to bake your cookies on. Once your cookies are baked, flip the pan over and use it as a cooling rack.

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This is another kitchen staple that will be great to have year-round. When it comes to holiday baking, transfer warm cookies from the sheet pan to the cooling rack with ease with this OXO small spatula.

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When baking multiple batches of cookies at once, you're going to need somewhere to store them while they cool. Make sure you have enough cooling racks on-hand so you never have a hold-up during your baking.

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Time to Decorate


This gel-based coloring claims it will not change the consistency of your icing, which is ideal for anyone looking to perfect their Christmas cookie designs.

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Decorating Christmas cookies requires a multitude of icing colors for adding intricate details to your cookie design. This set has everything you need to frost with ease this year.

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It wouldn't be a cookie party without some sprinkles. This 4-piece set from Wilton has everything you need to decorate classic sugar cookies in style.

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