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The Essential Kitchen Tools You Need for Baking

These are the 15 most essential kitchen tools you need for baking. Plus, there’s a bonus list of nice-to-have tools that will make the baking process a little easier!

Brownie batter in a glass bowl with a white spatula with text for kitchen tools for the baker

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This list of basic kitchen tools will make your baking life a little bit easier. I’ve explained in detail what my favorite baking and cooking tools are, why I love them, and how they will help you.

Kitchen tools are meant to make your time in the kitchen easier, more enjoyable, and give you the baking results you crave. Delicious results!

Below the 15 essential baking tools, you’ll find a list of other kitchen tools that I use and love but aren’t necessarily essential, especially if you are just starting to get into baking.

Which baking tools would you not be able to live without? Let me know in the comments!

Happy baking, friends!

Essential Kitchen Tools for Baking

Bonus Basic Kitchen Tools That Come in Handy


If you bake with fresh citrus, a zester is worth getting. Often when a recipe calls for fresh citrus juice, it will call for the zest as well. My gluten free lemon bars and gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins are great examples of that. I use my standard Microplane for grating ginger, nutmeg, and fresh parmesan cheese too.

Mesh Strainer

This multi-purpose tool can be used for sifting dry ingredients like flour, cocoa powder, or powdered sugar. It can also be used for straining soups, stocks, and custards. I also use mine to dust baked goods with powdered sugar or cocoa powder before serving. I’ve been using the same OXO 8-inch Fine Mesh Strainer for 10 years now and it’s as good as the day I got it. I highly recommend it.

Food Processor

While you can crush cookie crumbs, mix some pastry dough, or make a graham cracker crust without it, a food processor makes the job much easier. It’ll do a better job at getting uniform crumbs and it’ll cut your prep time considerably. I use a 7-Cup Food Processor and I find it to be the perfect size. Not too big, not too small.

Instant Read Thermometer

If you’re making any kind of homemade candy, marshmallows, or old fashioned fudge, you’ll need an Instant Read Thermometer because the sugar cooks to a very precise temperature. For candy, I would get one that hooks onto your pot or has a long probe. I also like having an instant read thermometer that I use for checking the temp of milk/water for yeast dough and for checking the internal temperature of meat.

Silicone Baking Mats

I love my Silpat Baking Mats for baking cookies, French macarons, roasting vegetables, and I even use them for roasting meat.

Pastry Brush

I prefer using a Silicone Basting/Pastry Brush because I can’t stand when the natural or nylon bristles shed in the food. I’ve never had that issue with silicone brushes. 

Offset Spatula

Offset spatulas are great for frosting cakes, bars, cupcakes, and brownies. They come in a few different sizes and I recommend getting an 8-inch offset spatula or slightly larger and a small offset spatula for different uses. 

Want to know which baking pans you really need? Check out my list of essential baking pans for the scoop!

It’s an in-depth look at the pans you need, which ones you might need, and which ones you can probably pass on.

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  1. Batgirl says:

    Thanks for this, I really appreciate Shay!