During the holidays, I bake dozens and dozens and dozens of cookies in at least a half dozen varieties (along with myriad other confections). These are packaged and given as presents to friends and family members, as well as my husband’s colleagues. And while the home-cooked element is part of the appeal, I like the cookies we give out to be pretty. To that end, I aim for uniformity among the cookies so that they look more professional.
Here are my must-have tools for perfect cookie baking:
1. Cookie Scoop: When you want your cookies to look even and perfectly shaped every time, then a cookie scoop is a must. And if you are only going to own one, the medium cookie scoop from Oxo is perfect -- it scoops up 1-½ tablespoons of cookie dough every time.
2. Parchment Paper: Parchment paper isn’t just for pastry chefs. If you are baking at home, then a roll of parchment should be in your cabinet. It’s perfect for ensuring that cookies release easily from the cookie sheet, cakes escape easily from the pan and more. Use it, and you won’t regret it.
3. A Good Cookie Sheet: Does the cookie sheet matter? Yes. A good cookie sheet will heat evenly, so all the cookies get done at the same time. am a big fan of Circulon’s baking sheets, which cook evenly with their circular raised pattern. Be sure to use parchment with it though -- that layer makes a big difference for perfectly browned cookies.
4. A Cooling Rack: Once cookies have been removed from the oven and slightly cooled, it’s important to move them to a cooling rack. For one, they will continue to cook on the hot pan. For two, you’ll probably want to reuse that pan anyway for another batch. So having a good cooling rack like Wilton’s Stackable Cooling Racks is essential. I love these cooling wraps because once you fill up one rack, you can stack another rack on top for another batch, saving valuable counter space.
Tip: All of the tools mentioned in this post are available at BettyCrocker.com! Click on the name of the tool (medium cookie scoop from Oxo, roll of parchment, etc.) to go to that item at the online store.
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.