Whether you're hosting an epic cookie swap or just want to whip up a few treats for friends and family members this holiday season, making sure your baking arsenal is stocked with the right tools will ensure your cookies really sparkle. What essentials should make the cut? We took an inventory of our test kitchen MVPs and asked some of the best bakers we know to tell us about the gear they can't live without.
Here's a handy list of everything we'll be reaching for this season:
- Top 10 Holiday Cookies
- 5 Wine Pairings for Your Holiday Cookies
- Holiday Cookie Tips From 5 Superstar Pastry Chefs
You might be thinking: Sure, I have a big bowl. But do you? Because when we say big, we mean really, really, really big. Epic, gigantic. XXXXXL. Go on and get yourself at least one bowl that is plunge-in-up-to-your-elbows enormous, and trust us, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. The extra space lets you attack a big batch of dough with your hand mixer without worrying about debris littering your counters; it'll allow you to knead yeast doughs with room to move; and it means you will easily be able to double or triple that batch of sugar cookies everyone in your family goes crazy about. We love our big old Mason Cash bowl (and not just because it makes us feel like we're below stairs at Downton Abbey)—but for ease of handling, afforability, and durability, you can't go wrong with a 20-quart restaurant-style stainless steel bowl, like the one available here.