Baking homemade cookies will be a lot more enjoyable once you have the right tools and equipment. Here’s a list of items that will help insure cookie baking success.
9 X 13-inch
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although many books suggest rimless pans for baking cookies, I’ve had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.
Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless.
Wooden Spoons: Ideal for stirring brownies batter
Measuring Spoons: One or two sets of graduated spoons designed specifically for measuring
Measuring Cups: A 2-cup glass or plastic one for liquids which has a spout and a couple of dry graduated measuring cups
Spatulas: One thin metal spatula for removing cookies from the pan and a couple of plastic spatulas for scraping cookie dough and brownie batter from bowls into baking pans
Whisks: A couple of medium to large whisks for mixing both dry and wet ingredients
Ice Cream Scoops: Small ice cream scoops make easy, speedy work of dropping cookie dough onto pans. They’re among the best inexpensive cookie making tools
Microplane: An excellent tool for zesting and grating zest from citrus fruit and chocolate
Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a piece of cake and are available in a wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner it is possible to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An essential aid for quick and easy baking. Obtainable in both rolls and sheets, I bake all my cookies on parchment lined sheets for the easiest clean-up
Wire Racks: For cooing your cookies and brownies
Electric Mixer: I love my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, to make brownies and cookies. If you only bake occasionally or have limited space, focus on one or the other. If you bake a lot, you will eventually want both.
Food Processor: I am a fan of Cuisinart food processors. They are able to really speed up the process for many kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one which has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.