Baking homemade cookies will be a lot more enjoyable once you have the right equipment and tools. Here’s a list of items that can help insure cookie baking success.
9 X 13-inch
Cookie sheets with or without sides. Although some 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 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 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 it is possible to forgo greasing cookie sheets too. Be sure that you not cut them.
Parchment Paper: An indispensable aid for fast and simple 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 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, focus on one or the other. In the event that 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 which has at the very least a 6-cup capacity.