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The Lazy Chef's Guide to Baking: 20 Mind-Blowingly Useful Gadgets


By Courtney Thompson

As any baker worth his or her salt knows, precision is the key to success. Whereas you can toss some oil in a pan and add salt and pepper to taste when you’re cooking, baking requires exact measurements and following recipe directions to the nth degree, which can be, well, exhausting.

So, here we’ve gathered 20 baking tools and utensils that are sure to help you in your quest to bake the perfect pie or ice the perfect cake. Admittedly, some of them are for the lazy—you probably could sprinkle flour on the counter yourself, but why do that when there’s a rolling pin that does it for you? Others in our lineup, however, are must-haves, like the Silpat baking mats, the Williams-Sonoma pie bags, and the Cuisinart hand-held blender, all of which will have you asking yourself, “Why didn’t I get these sooner?” Now get to your kitchens, and may the baking force be with you.

OXO Pastry Blender

BUY FROM: Amazon, $11.99

Prepatize Dough & Bowl Scrapers, Set of 4

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.95

Flour-Shaking Rolling Pin

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $9.95

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

BUY FROM: Amazon, $16.03

Winsco Pie Cutter

BUY FROM: Amazon, $11.77

Norpro Stainless Steel Hand Crank Flour Sifter

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $5.82 (Regularly $9.78, 40% Off!)

Sur La Table Silicone Pastry Mat

BUY FROM: Sur La Table, SALE $15.96 (Regularly $19.95, 21% Off!)

Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.98+

Williams-Sonoma Dough Rolling Bags

BUY FROM: Williams-Sonoma, SALE $7.99 (Regularly $9.95, 22% Off!)

KPKitchen Batter Dispenser

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $17.99 (Regularly $21.9, 18% Off!)

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand-Held Blender

BUY FROM: Amazon, $30.24

Sur La Table 2-in-1 Kitchen Ruler & Oven Rack Push-Puller

BUY FROM: Sur La Table, $3.95

OXO Good Grips Cookie Scooper

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.95

Escali Primo Digital Scale

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.94

Tovolo Cupcake Scooper

BUY FROM: Amazon, $8.89

Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus

BUY FROM: Amazon, $14.99

Wilton Icing Spatula

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $5.13 (Regularly $8, 36% Off!)

Talisman Designs Adjustable Pie Crust Shield

BUY FROM: Amazon, $7.99

Wilton 3-Tier Cooling Rack

BUY FROM: Amazon, $8.34+

Polder Stainless Steel Candy Thermometer

BUY FROM: Amazon, $8.50

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