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Gift Ideas for Bakers and Cooks

December 17, 2012

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!

Sorry. I didn’t mean to alarm you. I just thought maybe you should know, in case you’re like me and waiting until the last possible minute to do your shopping. Lucky for you and me, online shopping was invented just for times like these. You might also want to know that today is Free Shipping Day!

Whether you’re looking for gifts for loved ones who cook and bake, or are just looking for a little something to ask Santa for yourself, check out the list of gadgets and whatsits below. They’re all of my favorite kitchen things that I know, love, and use over and over again.

I swear on the Naughty & Nice list that I’m not getting any money for any of this – no sponsors, no referral fees, nada. I just wanted to share!

 

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Have you ever read a recipe that said “Roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness” and though to yourself, “How thick is that”? Do you know someone who makes a lot of cut-out cookies or cinnamon buns or pizza dough? This adjustable rolling pin is just what the doctor ordered. It has these clever little discs on the sides to adjust the thickness of your dough from 1/16th-inch to 3/8th-inch, ensuring perfect dough every time. It also has handy ruler markings across the middle for measuring out even slices! You can even ditch the discs and use it as a regular old rolling pin.

Available online from Joseph Joseph and Amazon.

 

OXO Bench Scraper

OXO Stainless Bench Scraper & Chopper

This is one of those tools I didn’t know I needed until after I had it. It is truly multi-purpose! I’ve used it for everything from dividing yeast doughs, lifting cookies, scraping flour off counter tops and even decorating cakes. Yup, it’s perfect for getting super smooth buttercream on your layer cakes. I love that it has a sturdy, cushioned handle too.

Available online from OXO and Amazon.

Ateco Rotating Cake Stand

Ateco Revolving Cake Stand

If you make layer cakes, you NEED this. I’m eternally grateful to Zoe from Zoe Bakes for telling us about this gem. It changed everything for me when it comes to cake decorating. The revolving base makes cutting and icing cakes so much easier and your results are much more even. The stand has a heavy cast iron base, which means you don’t have to worry about your cake toppling over, and the top is removable for easy cleaning. I love that it’s pretty enough to use as a display stand too!

Available online from Ateco and Amazon.

 

OXO Scoop

OXO Scoops

These scoops are essential for anyone who makes cookies. Using a scoop is the best way to get uniform cookies that bake evenly in the oven. They have nicely cushioned handles and despite using them on some pretty tough dough, I have yet to break one! Their scoops work well for portioning out muffin batter and scooping out ice cream too. I find the medium (1 1/2 tablespoons) is the perfect size for cookies.

Available online from OXO and Amazon.

 

Bake It Pretty Cupcake Icing Kit

Bake It Pretty Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit

If you are cupcake frosting challenged like me, this kit was made for you. It comes with all of the pastry tips you will ever need for frosting cupcakes, a professional quality reusable pastry bag, and best of all – an online video you can watch teaching you various frosting techniques with the tips. I’m still practicing, but I can almost make pretty cupcakes now!

Available online from Bake It Pretty.

 

Silpat

Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats

I use these for everything. I love that they’re reusable, that I don’t have to deal with cutting parchment paper or greasing baking sheets, and that nothing sticks to them. They are perfect for baking cookies, but can also be used for things like chocolate dipped candies and sugared nuts.

Available online from Silpat and Amazon.

 

OXO 5-quart Mixing Bowl

Large OXO 5-quart Mixing Bowl

What can I say? OXO makes good stuff! I am totally in love with this bowl. It’s huge so I can make anything in it – meatballs, cupcakes, yeast dough, whatever. My favorite part, though, is the black grippy part on the bottom. Because it grips the counter on it’s own, you can stir things in this bowl with one hand. Best thing ever! If you’re a kitchen multi-tasker, you will love this bowl as much as I do!

Available from OXO and Amazon.

 

ThermoWorks Thermapen

Thermoworks Thermapen

I got fed up with inaccurate, broken $20 thermometers so last year I asked Santa for one of these Themapens and lucky me – he delivered! I love love love it. Thermapens cost a lot more than $20, but they’re instant, durable, and extremely accurate. I use mine for everything. You normally think of thermometers as something you use for meats, but I use mine as a candy thermometer too because it goes up to 572°F! Did I mention they come in a rainbow of colors too?

Available online from ThermoWorks, King Arthur Flour, and Amazon.

 

Immersion Blender

Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Blender

I love this little gadget and I get a lot more use out of it than I thought I would. It’s great for making smoothies and blended soups, obviously. But did you know you can make whipped cream and the world’s fastest hollandaise sauce with it? The bottom part detaches with the click of a button, making it super easy toss in the dishwasher for cleaning. Also, for a kitchen appliance it’s pretty cheap at right around $30. What’s not to love?

Available online from Cuisinart and Amazon.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2012 2:18 pm

    Love scoops and mats when it comes to baking cookies:) Thanks for sharing – Happy Monday!

  2. petit4chocolatier permalink
    December 18, 2012 9:57 pm

    Loving those baking mats and adjustable rolling pin! Good stuff.

  3. December 24, 2012 12:18 pm

    I just ordered the Bake It Pretty cupcake icing kit, I can’t wait to use it! Thanks for the idea!

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