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Baking is one of my favorite things to do especially with my children. In our house, many of our family traditions, especially at the holidays, center around baking together. Allowing your kids to bake with you can help them learn so many life skills they will continue to use throughout their life. When I look back at my life some of my fondest memories include baking with my Mom and Nana.  Do you love baking with your family? What's your favorite family recipe to share? I would love for you to share it in the comments.

In order to be a successful baker, you need the proper tools. I compiled a list of my favorite baking tools including some fun things to help make your life even easier. Know someone who loves to bake? Use this post as a guide to get them a great gift! There's a bunch of fun items your kids will enjoy using in the kitchen. Let's get to it!

First up

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Trust me on this – you need a tilt-head stand mixer.  It is much easier to remove the bowl, add ingredients – it is just the best style to own.  This mixer has 10 speed control from very fast whip to a slow stir. Included with this mixer is a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip.  There is a power hub for additional attachments (available separately).

Black & Decker Mini Food Processor

This little processor has been in my kitchen for 10 years, and I do not know how I lived without it.  It is great for grinding nuts for all your cooking recipes. This is definitely one of my most used appliances, and it has been a welcomed gift for many friends & family members.  With a one touch control, it is also dishwasher safe.

OXO Mixing Bowls

This 3 piece set of nesting mixing bowls are a great space saver, and include a 1.5 quart (for whisking eggs), 3 qt. for use with electric hand mixers, and a generous 5 qt. for tossing salads and using as a serving bowl.  The added benefit of a stainless interior is that they do not hold on to odors or discoloration. The non-skid bottom keeps the bowl in a stable position even when on an angle.

OXO Nesting Measuring Beaker Set

With bright, easy to read markings, this set includes 7 graduated measuring cups for liquids such as water, oil, stock, vinegar and more.  The funnel provides easy filling and pouring. And, they nest for storage!!. The base of each If flat allowing you to set out liquid ingredients ahead of time.

 

Air Bake Baking Sheets (2 Pack)

These pans provide air insulation which prevents burning.  I LOVE THESE PANS! They are made of 100% aluminum and come with a rust free promise and a 10 year warranty.

Air Bake Jelly Pan

Perfect for all your bar cookies, brownies, etc.  This pan also has air insulation to prevent burning. This is a must-have pan for every household. I use it several times a week and it cleans so easily!

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups & Spoons

A premium quality measuring cup/spoon set that far surpasses plastic.  The set is dishwasher safe and rust proof. The set includes 7 cups from 1/8 cup to 1 full cup, as well as 6 spoons from 1/8 tsp. to 1 tbs.   With a smooth edge design, they are very easy to clean. The flat base provides stability and they will never tip. The entire set is stackable for compact storage.  100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

Rolling Pin & Pastry Mat

A 17” adjustable stainless steel rolling pin perfect for pastry, fondant, cookies, pie, or anything you create.  The removable rings are 1/16”, 1/8”, 1/4” and 3/8”. The rolling pin is 100% food-grade stainless steel which will not create mold.   The pastry mat has various measurement to easily roll out the dough to the needed size. You will receive a 2 year warranty.

Kitchen Aid Digital Timer

This timer has an easy push-button feature for ease of use.  It has a very easy to read LCD display. The duration is 9 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds. I would be lost without this timer – oi, I try and do too much at one time.

3 Tier Cooling Rack

Stainless steel construction, this three-tier rack folds for easy storage. Lifetime guaranty.

Cookie Press

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cookie gun!  It creates consistent cookies every time, and the non-slip base keeps the cookie press steady on the cookie sheet.  The lever is designed for repetitive use and is very comfortable. One of my favorite features is the storage case for the discs.  (There are a variety of other disks available – Spring, Fall, Christmas).

Baking Essentials for the Young Baker

LetGoShop Silicone Cupcake Liners Reusable Baking Cups

Colorful and fun silcone cupcake liners. I don't know about your kids, but mine love to make cupakes. These mix of shapes make for an interesting baking expereinece. Bonus – they are SUPER easy to clean!

Batter Dispenser

This batter dispenser is a life saver. It's easy to use even for the smallest of fingers. It allows you to fill your cupcake liners quickly and neatly. The best part of this product? The precision! I always struggled to get evenly size cupcakes but this product allowed me to perfect my cupcake baking. My baking assistants LOVE using this dispenser. Another great reason to grab yourself of these is its multi-use capabilities. Not only do we use this for our cupcake baking we also use it for Pancake Sundays. It's a must-have for all kitchens.

Princess Kingdom Cookie Cutter Set – 10 Piece Stainless Steel

Fun cookie cutters are an essential part to having fun in the kitchen. This kingdom themed cookie cutter set is a favorite. Metal cutters are a must for my family because of how easy they are to use. Plastic cookie cutters are cute, but the metal ones cut through dough so much easier. The last thing you want when baking with your children is frustration.

Baby Cakes

The babycakes machines are a great gift idea for an older child interested in learning different baking techniques. Under supervision my son has learned to make delicious and fun shaped cake pops using our babycake machine. He loves the feeling of being in control of his own creativity while I feel safe knowing I can still look after our baking sessions while allowing him more space to be creative. It's a win-win product.

ROSANNA PANSINO by Wilton Unicorn Cupcake Decorating Kit

Any YouTube fans? Yes, then you must know Ro. My children are in LOVE with Ro and her creations. I must admit I am too. We are all so excited when her baking line hit shelves. My son bought my little girl this unicorn set as part of her birthday gift this year and they had so much creating these adorable cupcakes together. Did they look anything like the box? Of course not! Did they have a blast despite that? You know it. We have many items from this line and love each and every one of them. You will not be disappointed.

Final Thoughts

Baking is an amazing way for kids to show their creative side while learning important Math and Science lessons. I'm a huge proponent of learning through exploration and play which makes baking a great learning activity for my entire family.  It's so hard these days to find time to spend quality time together as a family but whenever we get the chance we love to whip up some delicious treats.

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