Baking homemade cookies is a lot more enjoyable when you have the
right tools and equipment. Here's a list of items that will help
insure cookie baking success.
Baking Pans and Cookie Sheets: Come in a wide variety of styles and
materials. Dark metal pans absorb heat and will cause cookies and
brownies to brown more quickly. Shiny metal pans reflect heat making
them perfect for more delicate baked treats. Air-cushioned sheets
provide extra protection from burning but make it difficult to obtain
golden brown cookies. Glass pans carry heat more effectively so your
oven temperature needs to be adjusted down 25 degrees when using them.
I prefer dull, light colored heavy duty aluminum baking pans. Basic
pan sizes you'll want in your collection include:

9 X 13-inch
8-inch square
9-inch square
9-inch round
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although many books suggest
rimless pans for baking cookies, I have had great success using rimmed
half sheet pans.

Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless
steel.
Wooden Spoons: Great 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 that has a
spout and a set 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: One or two 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 one of my favorite
inexpensive cookie making tools
Microplane: A wonderful tool for zesting and grating zest from citrus
fruit and chocolate
Silicone baking pan liners: Make clean-up a breeze and are available
in a wide variety of sizes. With a silicone liner you are able to
forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Just be sure to not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An indispensable aid for quick and easy baking.
Available 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, for making brownies and cookies. If you only bake
occasionally or have limited space, start with 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 can
really speed up the process for many kitchen tasks like chopping,
grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at least a 6-cup
capacity.

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