11 Best Baking Tools for the Holidays
Best Cookie Spatula
Things Cooks Love Classic Turner
Don’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.
Best Bundt Pan
Nordic Ware Original
Cakes 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.
Best Cupcake and Muffin Pan
Chicago Metallic Commercial II 12-Cup
This 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.
Best Cooling Rack
Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier
Short 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.
Best Rolling Pin
Wooden 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.
Best Mini Offset Spatula
Sure, 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.
Best Baking Pan
Wilton Decorator Preferred 9-by-13-Inch
The 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.
Best Cake Pan
Williams-Sonoma Traditional Finish 9-Inch Round
The 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.
Best Cookie Press
Kuhn Rikon Clear
This 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.
Best Piping Set
Ateco Beginner Decorator Set
A 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.
Best Cookie Sheet
Chicago Metallic Large
This 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.