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One thing that won't be changing this holiday season: the time-tested tradition of baking cookies at home with your family. And once you've assembled the basic cookie ingredients (flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder) and yummy add-ons (chocolate chips, frosting, crushed candy canes), it's time to make sure you have all the kitchen tools you'll need.
Plan to make several extra batches this year, because Christmas cookies make an easy, budget-friendly gift for friends, family and people you just aren't sure what to get. Plus, instead of hosting a holiday party, you can organize a cookie swap with friends -- exchange the baked goods as well as the cookie recipe.
First things first: Set the festive mood with holiday tunes. The brand-new Amazon Echo will pipe the perfect playlist throughout the kitchen (and beyond) -- just say, "Alexa, play Christmas music." This hands-free device is extremely handy when you're covered in batter.
Shop this iconic KitchenAid mixer, available in 47 colors, while it's on sale at KitchenAid. The appliance comes with a pouring shield, coated flat beater, coated dough hook and stainless steel six-wire whip.
Yes, you could use your hands to scoop the cookie dough out of the mixing bowl, but then you'd be more tempted to eat it and then there would be fewer cookies. Use this scoop, available in small and medium sizes, to create batches of perfectly uniform cookies.
If your annual trip to NYC didn't happen this year, you can still get a taste of the city ahead of the holidays. Show your support for the Metropolitan Museum of Art with these cookie cutters designed by illustrator Rebecca Clarke, part of the Met Sketches line.
This is not your typical sheet pan that rusts and warps within a few months. A best-seller from the NYC-based cookware startup Great Jones, the Holy Sheet is made with aluminized steel and reinforced with steel rods to help it last longer and has a nonstick ceramic coating that allows for easy cleanup. Plus, that distinct blue color is ideal for showing off your baked goods on Instagram.
If you're working with a baking sheet that doesn't have a ceramic coating, here's your solution. An alternative to grease and parchment paper, this silicone baking mat turns any pan into a nonstick surface. It's a must-have for every baker!
Who knew cooling racks could be...cool? We love how this one saves space when it's in use (thanks to the double tier) as well as when it's being stored (the layers easily unsnap so you can slide them in a drawer).