Holiday baking can be one of the best parts of the holiday season. Of course, it can also be a nightmare. The key is having everything you need to ensure your baked goods come out perfectly. This includes the proper bakeware and ingredients. Don’t worry though. Many of the items you need are super affordable or can be found on sale during Black Friday sales.
This will be your biggest purchase for holiday baking, but it’s a purchase that will last for many years to come. Buying a KitchenAid or Viking stand mixer can cost a few hundred dollars, but you can often find KitchenAid mixers on sale during Black Friday sales for around $100. This may seem like a big investment, but these mixers are built to stand the test of time. Not to mention that they’ll save you a lot of work when it comes to mixing cookie dough.
Insulated Cookie Sheets
There is nothing worse than baking up a batch of holiday cookies only to have them burn on the bottom. Insulated cookie sheets have air trapped between two sheets of metal to ensure cookies bake evenly. These cookie sheets can cost around $15 to $20 for a large sheet, but are worth the money.
Marble Rolling Pin
Don’t you hate it when you have to put all your force into rolling out a batch of cookie dough? It shouldn’t be that difficult. But, if you have a light weight rolling pin, it can be. Marble rolling pins are not only heavy enough to get the job done, but they also stay cool. This helps ensure that your cookie dough won’t stick to the rolling pin.
One of the best parts about holiday baking is making sugar cookies with your kids and kids just love to cut out fun shapes. Having a variety of cookie cutters on hand allows them to be creative. To get the best results, avoid cookie cutters that imprint the dough. Instead, purchase hollow cookie cutters. These are much easier to work with and won’t stick to the dough.
Fresh Baking Powder and Baking Soda
Baking powder and baking soda are two ingredients that can go bad before the date on the box if they have been opened for a long period of time. When purchasing your holiday baking ingredients, always be sure to purchase baking powder and baking soda with excellent expiration dates on them. This helps ensure your holiday baked goods will come out perfect.
Whether you’re baking a Christmas cake or making sugar cookies, decorating tools are an essential item to have. Frosting tips, piping bags, cake stencils are all great way to decorate holiday baked goods that don’t cost a fortune. In fact, you can purchase decorating kits for less than $20.
Colorful Frosting, Sprinkles and Other Edible Decorations
Last, but not least. You need edible decorations. These are a favorite among children and also make baked goods look exceptional. Even something as simple as colored sugar can make sugar cookies stand out on the holidays. Holiday sprinkles are also a great way to jazz up cakes and frosted cookies. This is also a great way to tie your holiday color scheme into your baked goods.