In my last post, I covered what to look for when stocking up your pantry for Christmas baking. Today, it’s time to have a look at the tools you’ll need to have on hand to make batch after batch of beautiful, delicious holiday cookies.
When selecting baking sheets for your cookies, look for the type that has a low lip – these will ensure that you have perfectly browned cookies every time.
If you've never used parchment, you’ll be hooked once you do! Use it to line your baking sheets and you won’t have to go through the trouble of buttering your trays and scrubbing them clean afterwards. Not only is parchment paper convenient, it’s also reusable so a little goes a long way. And don’t be deceived by the word “paper”; parchment paper is meant for the oven and won’t burn unless it reaches temperatures above 400 degrees Fahrenheit making it ideal for cookie baking. Do not use wax paper which will burn.
If you’re looking to get a beautiful color and finish on your baked goods, you’ll want to have a pastry brush on hand. Use it to apply egg wash and glazes to add that final dazzling touch.
When preparing cookie dough, a pastry cutter is a must have to help you properly cut your butter into your dry ingredients quickly before it begins to warm up.
This tool will help you sift and aerate your dry ingredients which will prevent dry clumps in your dough and help achieve the perfect texture.
Zester or micro plane
These make easy work of grating ginger and zesting citrus fruit skins into a very fine texture.
Now that we've had a chance to stock up on the best ingredients and equip our kitchen with the right tools for the task at hand, we’re just about ready to start baking! Keep an eye out for my next post where I’ll be sharing some of my all-time favorite holiday cookie recipes as well as tips you can use to give them a professional touch.