The Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the (Cookie-Loving) Home Baker

Stock up on all the gear you need to turn your new kitchen into cookie central!

Updated 12/08/16
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As holiday season begins to ramp into full gear, some of us have only one thing on our minds: cookies. And when you plan your wedding registry — no matter what time of the year — it’s the perfect time to stock your kitchen with all the gear you need for a holiday cookie-baking extravaganza.

If you’re a bride (or a groom) who loves to bake, there are so many little tools (and one new amazing cookbook) that will amp up the fun and turn your newlywed kitchen into cookie central. Here are some of our faves.

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1. Cookbook
The latest and greatest cookbook from cookie-maker extraordinaire, Dorie Greenspan, features hundreds of time-tested recipes that will be sure to get you in the mood for holiday baking (and for baking year round, if you are so inclined). Inventive twists on classic sweet cookies and savory shortbreads are peppered with loads of tips and tricks for making the perfect, crowd-winning confection. (Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, $21, available on amazon.com)

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2. Scoops
No more lumpy, misshapen cookies! Make perfectly-sized mounds of dough with this set of stainless-steel scoops, which also can be used to serve ice cream (um, let’s just talk about that is the perfect combo!). Spring-loaded handles make it super easy to release the mixture onto the pan, which means a faster and less messy process. (Set of 3 stainless-steel scoops, $29, available at target.com)

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3. Geometric Cookie stamps
Take a break from your old cookie cutters and try a cookie stamp — they’re super easy to use (simply press the metal plate into the dough to make an impression). We love these modern designs — no extra decoration required! (Set of 3 Geometric Cookie stamps, $33, kingarthurflour.com)

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4. Sheet pans
The secret behind every good cookie baker is a good sheet pan. These quarter sheet pans from Williams Sonoma are made of commercial-grade aluminized steel that ensures consistent, even distribution of heat (which means perfectly crispy cookie bottoms but fewer burnt edges). (Williams-Sonoma Red Goldtouch Quarter Sheet pans, set of 2, $37, available at Williams-sonoma.com)

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5. Measuring cups
The fancy gear and high end appliances are all well and good, but sometimes the smallest tools take center stage. A baking essential, these copper plated measuring cups are pretty enough to hang on display or tuck inside a drawer. (Russet Measuring cups, $28, available at anthropologie.com)

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6. Marble pastry board
Rolled out cookie dough stays cool (and easier to handle) on a marble slab. This one is generously sized and doubles as an extra-large cheese and charcuterie board for entertaining. (French Marble Pastry Slab, $50, available at crateandbarrel.com)

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7. Apron
The perfect gift for the foodie couple, this super-cute classic cotton apron keeps spills and wayward dough at bay. Add a monogrammed name on the front for an extra-personalized touch. (Personalized stripe apron, $24, available at Williams-sonoma.com)

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8. Cooling Rack
Quadruple your counter space (and make even more cookies) with this 4-tiered cooling rack that folds flat for easy storage. The shelves are spaced generously to allow for optimal air flow, and there’s enough room to fit a cake or pie in as well. Just saying. (Stacked cooling rack, $25, available at kingarthurflour.com)

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9. Rolling Pin
Every baker needs a heavy-duty rolling pin that is comfortable to hold and does the job of rolling out an even sheet of dough. These gorgeous pins are hand-crafted in Vermont out of ash wood and finished in either grey or white, with a final layer of teak oil. (Ash Wood Baker’s Rolling Pin, $65, available at food52.com)

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10. Mixing bowls
Save major space in your kitchen with mixing bowls that nest inside each other. This set of three sizes is made of durable stoneware and is perfect for those (really good) days when you have multiple cookie batches going at once. (Stoneware mixing bowls, $50, available at surlatable.com)

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