2017 gift guide for the baker

I truly love making these gift guides each year. They are filled with wish list items, fun ideas that I sometimes end up using in my own Christmas gifting, and items that I am passionate about that I want other people to have the chance to use too. This list is filled with some of all of those, but mostly with things I am extremely passionate about and want to share with the world! I have (and love) some version of almost every item on this list, and have received most of them as gifts. As a recipient, I can tell you that they all make great presents, and as a (mostly) food blogger, I can tell you they make great tools. Below, you’ll find my thoughts on some, which I would recommend for novice bakers and casual chefs vs. those who are more experienced in the kitchen, and where you’ve seen some of these items on the blog before :)

Gift Guide for the Baker | Pass the Cookies | www.passthecookies.com

| Bake From Scratch Magazine Subscription | Medium Cookie Scoop |
| Goldtouch Nonstick Baking Pans | KitchenAid Stand Mixer | Oven Mitts (1, 2) |
| Peppermint Extract | Gold or Copper Measuring Spoons | Gold Whisk | Walnut Turner |
| Marble Board | Farmhouse Batter Bowl | Tartan Silicone Spatula |
| Christmas Cookie Cutter | Odd-Sized Measuring Cups |

Bake from Scratch Magazine Subscription – I’m sharing the best cookies I have made all year (that is not an exaggeration) so soon, and the recipe was based on a cookie in the Bake from Scratch Holiday Cookies edition. The photos in these magazines are beautiful and I always add tons of recipes to my “to try” list when I flip through them (you can tell it’s good when the pages are covered in flour and vanilla stains). I just got the Holiday Cookie edition this year, but loved it so much that a subscription to this magazine is on my gift list this year (hint, hint). Another great option in this category is a new cookbook. There are so many great ones that have come out this year, and you can match this to their personality.

Some of the most used items in my kitchen are the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch nonstick half sheet pans, the OXO medium cookie scoop, my beloved KitchenAid stand mixer, and a good spatula (these are some of my favorites).

Williams Sonoma Goldtouch baking pans are awesome. Food just slides right off them! These are great for a baker or cook at any level, as you can use them for everything! I prefer the half sheet pan because I can use it for everything from roasted veggies to hundreds of cookies.

The KitchenAid was a Christmas/wedding present to Will and myself from my mother-in-law the Christmas between our engagement and our wedding. I’m pretty sure it was the item on our registry that I hoped for the most, and, besides our everyday plates and flatware, it is probably the next most-used wedding present we received. It is a large gift, but one that anyone who loves to bake should have. It comes in 20 colors (isn’t this almond color gorgeous?), and there really is no comparison to its performance.

I use the OXO medium cookie scoop for almost all of the drop cookies I make and it has been a huge time saver! This, plus the small and large cookie scoops were gifts as well, and make perfect stocking stuffers for the bakers in your life. You have seen them in blog pictures here and here :)

We have spoontulas and spatulas with wooden and stainless steel handles from Williams Sonoma and have opinions about all of the types. Will likes using the stainless steel handles, while I don’t mind either. I do NOT like the spoontula with the stainless steel handle because the silicone head comes right off the handle, often right in the batter while I’m stirring! I haven’t had any issues with the regular spatula with a stainless steel handle or the either of the wooden handled spoontulas and love using all of those (I’m pretty sure the silicone is attached differently to the wooden handles than it is to the stainless steel handles, which makes it more sturdy). Besides the stainless steel spoontula (booo), I love these and would definitely recommend them as a step up from the cheap spatulas you can find elsewhere.

Behind those most-used items, next in my rotation are my odd-sized measuring cups (LOVE THEM!), this marble slab, and sturdy measuring spoons. Odd sized measuring cups are amazing amazing amazing. My parents had them in our kitchen when I was growing up and I don’t think I could go back. They are so useful and make great gifts, because, while most people have regular measuring cups, they probably don’t have odd-sized ones!

The marble slab isn’t something that I use every day, but it is great for rolling out cookie dough and bread dough, or serving an amazing cheese or appetizer board. You see it in lots of blog photos, as it also makes a great background when you don’t have a marble countertop ;)

Some items that are fun to gift to anyone, novice or experienced, are a pretty bowl, baking and cooking utensils, oven mitts, gold and copper measuring spoons or cups, cookie cutters, and fancy extracts. I love filling an oven mitt or a batter bowl with a bag of cookies and one or two of these smaller, pretty items. One of my gifts to my parents and my mother-in-law each year is a bag of frozen cookie dough balls paired with a new baking item (I’ve given a few Goldtouch baking sheets and cookie scoops in the past few years), to give them the benefit of homemade cookie dough in easy, convenient form. This also works well for a hostess gift!

Do you have any baking items you love?!

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