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10 Christmas cookie baking essentials everyone needs

Our guide to the best accessories, essentials, and tools of the trade

Score these 10 baking essentials that will perfect every Christmas cookie this season. Credit: KitchenAid / Bellemain / J.K. Adams

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Everyone loves the idea of making Christmas cookies, but sometimes it just seems like such an undertaking. You’ve got to clear not only counter space but also an afternoon to get everything done.

But what if making and decorating Christmas cookies was not only easy but fun? It can be with the right gear and frame of mind. We’ve put together a list of our favorite baking essentials and extras to get you in the holiday baking spirit.

This T Fal cookie tray is essential this holiday season.
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This T Fal cookie tray is essential this holiday season.

Here’s a no-brainer: If you’re going to make Christmas cookies, you’re probably going to want a cookie sheet. (Unless you’re making bars, but we digress.) We love AirBake’s Non-Stick Cookie Sheet, which is rimless, making it especially handy when you’re trying to slide still-warm cookies off in one piece. Get a few: It’s always best to have a few trays going, either in or out of the oven, especially when you’re cooking for a guy as hungry as Santa.

Get AirBake’s Non-Stick Cookie Sheet from Amazon for $26.03

2. The only stand mixer you’ll ever need

Blend your ingredients to perfection with this KitchenAid mixer.
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Blend your ingredients to perfection with this KitchenAid mixer.

While it’s certainly possible to mix cookie batter by hand or even use a hand mixer to get everything done, there’s really no substitute for the best stand mixer. You can hit the switch for the speed you want, step away for a second, and then when you come back it’s all just done for you. Plus, we swear: If you have one of these, you will use it all the time, for everything. We speak from experience.

Our favorite is the tried and true KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer, which we called the “quintessential stand mixer.” It’s expensive, but it will last you for years—if not decades—so it’s absolutely worth it.

Get the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer from Amazon starting at $599

Get the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer from KitchenAid for $349

3. Mixing bowls for prep work and fussy ingredients

Mix your ingredients with the help of this Cuisinart pairing.
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Mix your ingredients with the help of this Cuisinart pairing.

If you’re mixing by hand or even if you need to separate dry and wet ingredients, you’ve got to have a set of mixing bowls. Our pick is the set of three Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids. They’re easy to clean, incredibly durable, and the lids mean that you can mix something up and then store it in the fridge between bakes or while you’re waiting for your buddy to come over and help. They’re just easy.

Get a set of three Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids from Amazon for $39.99

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4. A full set of good, easily washable measuring cups

Precisely measure ingredients with these Bellemain measuring cups.
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Precisely measure ingredients with these Bellemain measuring cups.

Any cookie recipe is going to require at least some degree of measuring. While most people probably already have a set of measuring cups in their cabinets, it doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade to our favorite, the Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set. Better yet, get a second set. That way, when you’ve got to use that quarter cup for both peanut butter and oats, you’re not having to run to the sink over and over.

Get a set of Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cups from Amazon for $17.95

5. A set or two of good quality measuring spoons

Precisely measure ingredients out with these Cusipro measuring spoons.
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Precisely measure ingredients out with these Cusipro measuring spoons.

Take everything we said about measuring cups above, and apply it to measuring spoons down here. A great set will make all the difference. We love the Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set, which is inexpensive, yet incredibly effective. They even fit in most spice jars which is a big plus, especially when you’re baking.

Get the Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon set from Amazon for $14.98

6. A non-frustrating rolling pin

Perfectly roll out cookie dough with this J.K. Adams rolling pin.
Credit: J.K. Adams / Amazon

Perfectly roll out cookie dough with this J.K. Adams rolling pin.

If you’re planning on making anything that requires a solid rolling pin—gingerbread men, for instance, or beautifully decorated sugar cookies—then we recommend theJ.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel. It might look a little underwhelming, but that’s what makes it great.

As our reviewer writes, “When they say there’s beauty in simplicity, they’re talking about this wooden rolling pin. It’s just a sturdy wooden cylinder of a medium-heavy weight, nothing more, nothing less. But during testing, it rolled out perfect dough every time.”

Get the J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel from Amazon for $24.85

This Wilton Store bundle will be your one-stop shop for Christmas cookie cutters.
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This Wilton Store bundle will be your one-stop shop for Christmas cookie cutters.

If you’re making traditional cutout cookies, pick up a set of cookie cutters. You’re going to want some good ones because bad cookie cutters can make a fun afternoon of baking into a frustrating battle with sticky plastic and missing gingerbread arms.

Amazon users love Wilton’s set of 101 different cookie cutters, which might seem excessive, but think of it this way: You’ll never have to buy other cookie shapes again. The set includes ten different Christmas-themed cutters, including four differently sized gingerbread people. They’ve got no sharp edges, which means they’re great to use with kids, too!

Get Wilton’s set of cookie cutters from Amazon for $17.79

This OXO set has everything you'll need to perfect Christmas cookies.
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This OXO set has everything you'll need to perfect Christmas cookies.

If you’re more into thumbprint cookies or maybe some good old-fashioned sprinkle-laden butter cookies, you’re going to need a cookie press. Amazon users love OXO’s version, which comes with 12 durable stainless steel discs featuring different cookie designs, including a very festive snowflake, tree, and wreath. Buyers say it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and helps make the cookie-making process easy and fun.

Get the OXO cookie press from Amazon for $33.92

9. An adorable all-in-one decorating kit

Make sure your icing is applied with perfection, thanks to this Cakebe Store selection.
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Make sure your icing is applied with perfection, thanks to this Cakebe Store selection.

Finding the right piece of cookie decorating equipment at the right time can be a nightmare.
Cakebe’s 68-piece decorating kit takes all the questions and struggles out of figuring out how to decorate Christmas cookies. There are 36 different icing tips in the kit, plus a booklet, which features pictures of what design each one produces. There are also icing bags, bag clips, and even a storage box to keep it all together.

Get Cakebe’s cookie decorating kit from Amazon for $39.99

10. Pre-made cookies, so you don’t really have to do any of the hard work

Opt for pre-made Christmas cookie doughs Cheryl's help.
Credit: Cheryls

Opt for pre-made Christmas cookie doughs Cheryl's help.

Do you want to decorate and ice cookies but don’t want to measure, mix and roll? Cheryl’s Cookies has a pre-made kit for that. The company’s Holiday Cut-Out Decorating Kit comes with 24 unfrosted cut-out circular cookies, two enormous tubs of vanilla buttercream frosting, a bottle of red and green sprinkles, and a pack of adorable little sugar decorations, like Christmas trees and reindeer. It’s especially great for kids who always want to make a mess and then eat the cookies immediately, anyway.
Oh, and if you do want to feign doing some of the baking yourself, Cheryl’s also offers pre-made tubs of both chocolate chip cookie dough and sugar cookie dough.

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Decorating Kit from Cheryl’s for $49.99

Get two tubs of chocolate chip cookie dough from Cheryl’s for $39.99
Get two tubs of cut-out cookie dough from Cheryl’s for $39.99

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