Baking homemade cookies is a lot more enjoyable if you have the right equipment and tools. Here’s a list of items which 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 have had great success using rimmed half sheet pans.
Bowls: Small, medium, and large mixing bowls in glass or stainless steel.
Wooden Spoons: Ideal for stirring brownies batter
Measuring Spoons: A couple of sets of graduated spoons designed designed 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 several 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 the best 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 piece of cake and are available in a multitude 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 indispensable aid for quick and easy baking. Obtainable in both rolls and sheets, I bake all my cookies on parchment lined sheets for easy and simple clean-up
Wire Racks: For cooing your cookies and brownies
Electric Mixer: I really like my KitchenAid mixers, both hand-held and standing versions, to make 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 procedure for most kitchen tasks like chopping, grating, shredding, and pureeing. Get one that has at least a 6-cup capacity.