Stainless-Steel Restaurant Mixing Bowls
Let’s face it, you'll need mixing bowls, because soup bowls just aren't going to cut it. This set of five is ideal because it has every size you'll need, and they all stack together for ultra-efficient storage. These lightweight bowls are just like the ones used in professional kitchens.
To buy: $50 for set of 5, williams-sonoma.com.
Real Simple Professional Silicone Baking Mat
Some cookies call specifically for a nonstick silicone mat, and of course we love our own. It prevents burning, and can also replace parchment paper and nonstick cooking sprays. Plus, it rolls up for easy storage.
To buy: $15, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Calphalon Nonstick Baking Sheets
These standard-size baking sheets are a must-have for any kitchen. Bonus: the rimmed edges on these mean you can use them for much more than cookies (think, bars and homemade granola).
To buy: $22.50 for 2, amazon.com.
OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop
Sure, for some cookies you can grab your tablespoon measuring spoon. But for big batches, using a cookie scoop will save you time. We recommend 1-1½ tablespoon cookie scoops for versatile baking.
To buy: $13-15 depending on size, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Williams Sonoma Nonstick Cooling Rack
Cookies and other baked goods are best cooled on a resting rack. It makes sure condensation won’t make crispy cookies soggy as they cool. The nonstick coating ensures cookies will release with ease.
To buy: $15, williams-sonoma.com.
Williams Sonoma Ultimate Decorating Tool
This fantastic, versatile decorating tool works with buttercream, royal icing, or whipped cream. The nine different tips let you create a range of designs, plus there's an injector tip for fillings. Get decorating!
To buy: $35, williams-sonoma.com.
Wilton Disposable 12-inch Decorating Bags
Have these pastry bags on hand for piping icing on the beautiful cookies you baked. You’ll need the pastry tips to decorate, but this is a great start.
To buy: $7 for pack of 24, amazon.com.
ColorKitchen Food Color Packets
Use this dye to ice all those cookies (or cupcakes if that’s more your thing). These 100-percent pure food dyes are made from all-natural sources, such as spirulina, turmeric, and beets. None of the artificial stuff, and it’s vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
To buy: $13.50 for 5 packets, amazon.com.
KitchenAid Classic 4.5 Qt. Stand Mixer
Yes, it’s a splurge, but also an investment. Not only a handy piece of equipment for cookie season, but you’ll use it all year to make other things, like pizza dough or whipped cream!
To buy: $200, target.com.