Tools of theTrade

Having the right equipment is essential to great baking. Here’s what to have on hand.

Measuring Cups and Spoons: Use flat-topped cups for dry ingredients like flour, and glass or plastic with a spout for pouring and a counter on the side for measuring liquids. For smaller measures (powder or liquid) use measuring spoons.

Baking Sheets: Use shiny aluminum baking sheets without sides for cookies. Dark colored baking sheets absorb more heat, so items will brown quicker.

Parchment Paper: Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Wire Cooling Racks: To speed the cooling time process, chose wire racks which allow steam to escape from all sides. For cookies, use racks with closely spaced wires so cookies won’t break or fall through when cooling.