I got an email early this morning from Rosie in MT asking me what kind of tools are a necessary part of baking. I thought this was a great idea for a post on all the essential Baker’s tools. From bowls to measuring cups and more, I have compiled a Baker’s Tool Guide for you all just in time for the Holidays. Perfect throughout the year, these make perfect stocking-stuffers and gifts for yourself and all of the bakers in your life!
Baker’s Tool Guide
Nesting Bowls – $19.99
This is my favorite set of nesting bowls for a few reasons. Being clear glass, you can see exactly what is in them. There are 10 bowls in this set, ranging from 1 oz. to 2.5 quarts! And they stack, so major space saver. I always love items that are versatile and able to go into the dishwasher and oven. Find it here –Kangaroo’s 10 Pc Glass Bowl Set; Nesting Bowls, Mixing Bowls.
Measuring Cups & Spoons – $29.99
Measuring devices are essential in baking! I love this set since it offers odd measurements, like 2/3 & 3/4 cups, that you usually won’t find in sets. These match, nest, and are stainless steel so they won’t easily snap or rust. Dishwasher safe is always a bonus! Find this set here – Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons set by Simply Gourmet.
Thermometer – $15.99
If you bake bread, cinnamon rolls, make caramel or candy, you must use a thermometer! It is imperative for flawless results. When a recipe or method calls for a temperature to get yeast to activate and so on, you cannot guess. This is the thermometer I use myself and it is accurate and gives a very quick read. Find it here – Instant Read Thermometer with Collapsible Internal Probe.
Oven Thermometer – $6.50
You know how recipes give you ranges of cooking times? Well, most ovens aren’t accurate! For about $6 you can know exactly what temperature your oven actually is. This is going to be a tremendous help when cooking and baking. This will help give you baked goods that are cooked to perfection. Find it here – Winco 3-Inch Dial Oven Thermometer with Hook and Panel Base.
Hand Mixer- $35.99
A good hand mixer is a must-have. I love all Kitchenaid products. This hand mixer is top notch. It includes different speed settings, which helps with incorporating chips, nuts, and so on. The higher speeds are ideal for whipping cream and egg-whites. This is a long lasting and easy to clean tool as well. A specific feature on this mixer is the ability to lock the cord on either side and work from any angle. Find it here – KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red.
Silicone Brush Set – $7.99
For pies, breads, and more, this brush set will do it all and keep it all separated! I love the range of sizes and different colors to distinguish what you are using each for. That way, your egg washes will never mix with your soft butter going on your cinnamon roll slab. Find this set of 6 here – Assorted Color Silicone Basting Brush for Desserts Baking Barbecue Pastry BBQ(Set of 6).
Sifter with Lid – $13.95
Anyone who bakes know that things can get very messy with powdered sugar and flour going everywhere! This sifter has a lid and limits that powdery mess. It has a 3 cup capacity, lifetime guarantee, and is easy to clean. This is perfect for a cake master! Find it here – Natizo Stainless Steel 3-Cup Flour Sifter – Lid and Bottom Cover – No More Mess In Your Kitchen.
Scoops for Muffins, Cookies, & Ice Cream – $34.95
This very set is on my Christmas wish list. I love the different colors, the range in sizes, and those gripped handles. With these scoops you can do muffins, mini cupcakes, cookies, and of course, ice cream for all of your a la mode treats! Find them here – Culinary Depot Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop Disher, 4-Piece Color Handle Set – 12, 16, 20, 24 Scoops.
Silicone Spatulas – $9.95
Silicone Spatulas are all the rage, and for good reasons! This set has four color options with different sizes. They are heat resistant for up to 450 degrees. I use spatulas all day long! Find this set here – GLOUE Silicone Spatula Set .
Child’s Apron & Baking Set – $54.99
You all know I have a couple of budding bakers that are always in the kitchen with me! This is what’s on their list this year, and I know any kid would love this set! It includes an apron, mitt, hat, and their own “Intro to Baking” set. Find it here – Child’s Apron, Chef Hat and Mitt and Intro to Baking Cooking Set. UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that this particular set is now sold out. Here is an alternative option: JaxoJoy Premier Chef Set – Complete Kids Kitchen Gift Playset with Chef’s Hat, Apron, Cooking Mitt & Utensils – Recommended for Boys & Girls Ages 3+.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $279
Stand Mixers are a staple in most kitchens. This is a great one at a great value! KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red.
Marble Rolling Pin ($26.95 & $20.99)
A common problem when rolling out dough is the heat factor that can effect the consistency. This marble board and pin will keep your dough at optimal temperature. Sturdy and easy to clean, these are ideal. And so gorgeous!Miko 100% Marble Stone Rolling Pin, 18 inch With Smooth Wooden Handles For Easy Grip And Includes Wooden Cradle AND Fox Run 3827 Marble Pastry Board.
Digital Kitchen Scale – $19.99
Another wonderful tool to take the guesswork out of volume measurements. This is accurate, gives you temperature, alarm timer, has a removable bowl, and more. If you have ever needed a few ounces of chopped chocolate, flour, or anything calling for a precise measurement that you cannot get from the cups / spoons, this is what you need. Find it here – Digital Kitchen Scale with Bowl.
Silicone Baking Sheets (set of 3) – $35
This set of 3 includes a cookie sheet, silicone baking mat, and a cooling rack. So perfect and convenient! I love sets! Stainless Steel Sheet Pan 15.5″ by 11.5″ & Cooling Rack & Silicone Baking Mat Set (3 Pcs) – Extra Durable Cookie Sheet, Oven Safe non-toxic heavy duty Bakeware. by Healthy Home Helper
The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Recipes from Candice’s Kitchen – $17
And of course, a baking book is always a welcome gift! This is by the legendary, Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes. It includes so many secret and family recipes from Candace as well Blake Lively, Michael Strahan, Julia Roberts, and more! Find it here – The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen
Colorful Mini Cocotte Set – $32.50
This post was updated to include this set. My instagram has been full of souffles and creme brulee, and people want to know what I am using for these. I use Le Creuset Set of 4 Mini Cocottes with Cookbook, Cerise (Cherry Red), however, this set above includes a color variety and you get four 8 oz. cocettes. As you will see in post for Eggnog Creme Brulee, I love having several colors to distinguish who gets what. This is a delight for my kids, and it also helps me when I want to incorporate alcohol into only certain portions. Different colors are key for me! This is a perfect gift set for those wanting to make individual pot pies, souffles, creme brulees, pot de cremes, and more! Find it here – Colorful Stoneware Mini Casserole Pots With Lids – Set of 4.
I hope this guide helped you! If you enjoyed this one be sure to check out, 5 Kitchen Essentials For Fall! If you have any questions on specific tools, recipes, or want my opinions for more products, just send me an email or comment below.