A Baker’s Essential Tool List

What would this world be like without bakers? Well, definitely less delicious-tasting for sure! And just like in any other craft or profession, bakers have essential tools that help them work their kitchen magic. Of course, this list may vary somewhat by personal preference, but I would like to present a list of tools that I like or feel are helpful for bakers. So please allow me to share some ideas with you for a bakers essential tool list!

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  1. Of course we need to start with a good set of mixing bowls. I like using glass bowls to mix the majority of recipes in. Here’s a set I have myself. They also include lids if you need to chill the cookie dough in the fridge or use them for food storage. Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-piece Mixing Bowl Set. {affiliate link}

2. Next you will need the tools to measure out ingredients with. I have two sets of measuring cups. One is plastic and the other metal. However, the measurement specification has worn off the plastic ones. It’s probably best to not play guessing games when measuring out ingredients for baked goods. Lemme see, is this the half cup scoop or the two-third one? Nope, check out this metal set with engraved standard and metric conversions {affiliate link} on them.

3. I love my stackable glass measuring cups for liquid ingredients. The biggest one holds 4 cups and can even be used to mix some things in, like your favorite pancake recipe, and be poured directly onto the skillet. Pyrex 3-piece glass measuring set {affiliate link}

4. We can’t forget to include a teaspoon measuring set {affiliate link}. This set is similar to one I have. I actually have two different sets. This one however, includes an 1/8 teaspoon measure, and the narrow flat heads are a little easier to fit into spice containers.

5. As far as stirring up that batch of cookies, I often just use a good old regular spoon. Nothing special there. But there are times a mixer can come in handy. If I’m feeling lazy or my kids are helping, I might grab my KitchenAid 5-speed hand mixer {affiliate link} to aid in the process. My model is about 10 years old, but it looks much like this one. And I have the regular old white one, but there are lots of colors to choose from.

6. But we definitely cannot forget about the kitchen workhorse, the KitchenAid stand mixer {affiliate link}! I don’t use this for baking as much. As I said, I often mix my basic cookies by hand. However,  I can attest these lovely creatures can be used for a lot. They are versatile kitchen tool in general. I have made gorgeous meringue in mine. And mashed potatoes are almost always done with my red KitchenAid stand mixer. I also use mine to help process tomatoes and applesauce for canning. There are different attachments you can get for these babies. I’ve toyed with the idea of the pasta maker one lately. They also do come with a bread hook if you aren’t able to knead bread dough by hand. And I recently discovered tips about using them to shred ingredients. I used mine to stir up a cake mix, and then break up the cake into crumbs to make cake balls not long ago.

7. Once I’ve gotten my cookie dough mixed up, I like to use a cookie dough scoop {affiliate link} to help portion it out onto the baking sheets. These come in different sizes fyi. Depends on how big you like your cookies maybe!

8. I love my AirBake cookie sheets {affiliate link}. I think they keep the cookies from getting as brown and hard on the bottom. I like my cookies soft and chewy, and not very brown. These are the kind of cookie sheets you should have! I can bake 16 cookies at a time on mine.

9. You’ve got to have a metal spatula/pancake flipper in a baker’s essential tool arsenal. How else are those cookies going to get off the hot trays? I’ve often used an old classic pancake turner {affiliate link} that my husband owned before we were married. I do have others, but I tend to gravitate towards this one. For a long time, it was the widest one I had, so maybe I got used to using it. I do have a newer one from T-fal that is all metal, that I have been using too.

10. Wire cooling racks are a much-used baking tool for me also. Cookies, bread loaves, muffins, and cakes all cool nicely using wire cooling racks {affilate link}. This set is non-stick too.

11. Wilton’s silicone 3-piece spatula set {affiliate link} does a nice job scraping out your mixing bowls. I use them myself, and they are a best-seller on Amazon with good reviews.

12. Obviously, you are going to want muffin tins for baking healthy muffins like in my Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas post, or for those decadent birthday cupcakes. Wilton has another best-seller with this non-stick 12 cup regular muffin pan {affiliate link}.

13. Homemade bread-lovers need some loaf pans {affiliate link} to bake their delicious loaves of fresh bread. You know, I just might have a tasty  bread recipe for you to try too!

14. For baking bars, brownies, cakes, and well even my casseroles too, I strongly prefer glass baking dishes. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of my similar Pyrex 2-piece glass baking set {affiliate link}. It comes with a larger size, and a smaller one.

15. To safely remove all these baking pans from the oven and protect yourself from burns, check out these Cuisinart Oven Mitts with a non-slip silicone grip {affiliate link}. Also available in different colors.

16. I can’t leave out the basic rolling pin {affiliate link}. You need it for making pie crusts and cinnamon rolls. It also comes in handy for crushing crackers. Throw those graham crackers in a ziplock bag, and use the rolling pin to break them up.

17. After that flaky pie crust has been properly rolled out, I typically use glass pie pans that I received at our wedding. Mine have little handles on the sides that may make gripping the pie a little easier to avoid damaging the crust. Here’s the Pyrex Bakeware 9.5 inch scalloped pie plate {affiliate link} just like mine, if you are in need of a pie pan.

18. You should have a wire whisk for beating eggs when necessary or for combing those sweet sauce ingredients thoroughly. How about OXO good grips 11-inch balloon whisk with a 5-star rating?

19. I utilize a pastry cutter {affiliate link} to mix my pie dough. It helps you chop and mix cold butter with the dry ingredients. I do have issues with the blades on mine bending, but the cutter I’ve linked to here states that theirs will not bend.

20. For my last item on my bakers’ essential tool list, I’ve included a pastry brush to complete those finishing touches. Whether it be brushing butter on warm loaves of bread, or adding an egg wash to your baked goods, try a silicone basting and pastry brush {affiliate link}. I prefer them for being easier to clean than the old bristle type.

While there may be a few other tools that are useful for baking or other kitchen tasks, I think I’ve hit most of the basic ones with this list. And just a little secret, they might make nice gifts for that baker in your life!

A baker's essential tool list


A list of tools I find useful for baking in the kitchen. They also make nice gifts for the bakers you know!


I am married with three young children. My husband and I are both registered nurses. I like to try new ideas out, and will obsessively research whatever that latest idea is. We like to try different ways to decrease our living costs and save money. My husband is great at building/fixing/diy etc. and figuring out how to implement my new schemes.

13 thoughts on “A Baker’s Essential Tool List

  • November 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Great list, Char! I have all those things, many the exact same brands. All those Pyrex items are definitely essentials. My heavy-duty stand mixer is Cuisinart rather than KitchenAid.

    • November 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you Jean! Nice to know a fellow baker uses them too!

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  • November 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Thx for asking my opinion. I like them all! I have most of these, (both my stand and hand kitchenaid are red). The only thing I gave up on was the metal turner. I use a thick ceramic one. My bakery one is flat, and my other one is slotted. Love them both! Also I use a silicone whip for some batter that are stickier and my metal one for thinner baking. Great list! Thanks for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday!

    • November 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for letting me know! Does the ceramic turner work ok for cookies then? It seems maybe for some people, myself included, the more flexible ones help transfer cookies with less breaking. But I’ve never tried a ceramic one. I don’t have a silicone whip either. Do I need to tell my husband I need one? 🙂 I have a cookbook on my Christmas wishlist again this year!

      • December 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

        I like the silicone whip for heavier batters as it is more flexible. The metal one is great or thinner as it wont get bent and is easier to clean. The turner I love?, it is rigid, the end stays clean and doesnt chip, and it is longer so I can scoop up two cookies at once and they don’t fall apart. Pelay with the feel in the store. You will find one you love! They make great stocking stuffers!

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