Every Tool You Need to Make Christmas Cookies
This is everything you need to win this year's Christmas cookie contest!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready to Bake
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.
Time to Decorate