Things Cooks Love Classic TurnerDon’t let your gingerbread men lose their heads. This flipper’s beveled blade slides nimbly under even the thinnest cookies.To buy: $16, surlatable.com.
Nordic Ware OriginalCakes pop out easily, thanks to the super-slick interior. And the always-appropriate fluted design can go from a football tailgate to your office Secret Santa party.To buy: $36, nordicware.com.
Chicago Metallic Commercial II 12-CupThis heavy-duty (but surprisingly lightweight) staple has an industrial-grade aluminum-and-steel finish that will see you through countless holiday bake sales.To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Wilton Excelle Elite 3-TierShort on counter space? Go vertical. This stackable contraption can cool up to three dozen cookies at a time. Plus, each nonstick tier folds flat for storage.To buy: $12, wilton.com.
French-StyleWooden dowels have been used by Parisian bakers for ages. Why? The handle-free, narrow design makes it easy to wrestle any dough into submission.To buy: $17, surlatable.com.
Ateco SmallSure, you can use a butter knife to spread batter and frost cupcakes, but this inexpensive utensil does the job so much better. Try it once and you’ll call it indispensable.To buy: $2.70, atecousa.com.
Wilton Decorator Preferred 9-by-13-InchThe squared-off corners produce brownies with defined edges. And the wide rim ensures that a sheet cake can be easily inverted and released.To buy: $19, wilton.com.
Williams-Sonoma Traditional Finish 9-Inch RoundThe straight side gives layer cakes a polished, bakery-worthy look; the rolled edge guards against warping. Also available in an eight-inch size.To buy: $15, williams-sonoma.com.
Kuhn Rikon ClearThis dishwasher-safe champ is anything but cookie-cutter: It lets you dispense dough in 14 shapes (including wreaths and stars) with a smooth pull of the trigger.To buy: $20, kuhnrikon.com.
Ateco Beginner Decorator SetA big step up from the jerry-rigged plastic bag, this starter kit contains everything you need: 10 disposable piping bags, three round tips, and a coupler to attach the tip to the bag.To buy: $6.50, atecousa.com.
Chicago Metallic LargeThis steel pan’s light-colored surface helps prevent overbrowning. And the two angled sides are simple to grab, even while wearing oven mitts.To buy: $15, amazon.com.