While I’m not gadget crazy, here are some of my favorite useful items for cookie-baking:
- KitchenAid Mixer It mixes energetically, and is beautiful to look at, too. The Kenwood mixer is also good, and hand mixers are fine for all but the heaviest doughs. You can also mix a cookie dough fairly quickly by hand, using a wooden spoon, a large mixing bowl, and some elbow grease.
- Food Processor You’ll notice that a processor is called for in a lot of these recipes, especially for cookie doughs that contain ground nuts. So many people now own food processors that they’ve become standard kitchen equipment. If you don’t have one, an inexpensive Mouli grater grinds nuts to a fluffy powder by hand. (You can also use the processor to mix cookie doughs, but they won’t become as fluffy.)
- SilverStone-coated Baking Sheets These are great for cookies; invest in two or three. They don’t need to be greased, though a light coating insures easy lift-off after baking. SilverStone-coated muffin tins save a lot of trouble, too. If you don’t want nonstick sheets, get good, heavy-gauge ones—but not black steel. And be sure there is at least 1-inch clearance between the sheets and the oven walls for proper heat circulation.