Baking Supplies

I really didn’t need to go to Bed Bath & Beyond, but I went anyway.

I mean who “needs” to go?  It’s like Target.  You really don’t need to and sometimes you really need to avoid it unless you want to find yourself a lot lighter in the wallet, but that’s another story.

I had a store credit at BB &B and a stash of 20% off coupons just burning a hole in my pocket.  They never expire.

So I decided to venture into retail chaos but thankfully it wasn’t too crazy crowded since I went on a weekday.

I picked up another Silpat.   I have one Silpat, and I have one FlexiPat, but prefer the results I get with my Silpat so picked up one more.

Nothing screams inefficiency like baking cookies one sheet at a time.  But I’ve actually done that and hope to never do it again now that I will have two Silpats in rotation.

I could really tell the difference in my recent Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries that were baked on the Silpat vs. parchment paper vs. Flexipat.  <– I prefer the results I got in that order.

I also got another cookie scoop.  This $3.99 item has done more for my baking and overall cookie results than any other item.  Highly recommended.

I’m bringing the new one to Aruba.  I don’t care if I overheat the house by turning on the oven.  I will be baking cookies.  My theory is that Scott won’t mind about sweating buckets in a hot house after I serve him a few cookies.  That’s my theory anyway.

My favorite spatula snapped in half a few weeks ago, and I grabbed the clear one with snowflakes as a replacement.

And how cute is all this egg-making paraphernalia.  Too bad I don’t eat eggs.  I bake with them but don’t eat them.

The pink egg stuff is sure adorable though.

I’m glad Skylar wasn’t with me or I would have had had peer pressure to buy pink things.

Secret: I’ve never decorated a cake, cupcake, brownies, muffins or anything with professional tools or frosting tips.  The closest I’ve gotten for decorating is using a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off.

I thought for $8.49 less a 20% off coupon that I should change that major lapse in life experience and can now be christened into the cake-decorating club.

Any tips on using my tips?

I have also been loving making donuts!

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Baked Savory Cream Cheese & Herb Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

My donut pan is the best $8 bucks I’ve spent in all of 2011.

(And the cookie scoop is the best $4 bucks)

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze anyone?

Great use of the cheapie donut pan.

I originally thought that a mini-donut pan would be a little too “fussy” to deal with and that trying to get the batter in those tiny holes without making a colossal mess and getting more batter in the wrong places than in the correct places would be too challenging.

But now that I have the hang of bigger donuts

…I figure that I am ready to try making mini donuts!


1. What’s on your baking supplies or kitchen items wish list?

Bigger ticket:

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid food processor

Smaller ticket:

All those little knick-knacks and gadgets that are everywhere in BB  & B.   I think they’ve built a retail empire by selling gadgets and little trinkets.

Bowls, spoons, cute dishes, cute mugs and cups

I could spend a fortune.  In this sense, I am glad I have a small kitchen and no where to store things.  Prevents me from going too crazy with things I “need” or just “have to have”.

2. Any baking tools or supplies that you love?

As I said, I love my donut pan.  I use the donut pan far more than the donut maker (appliance).  I find it’s just as easy to bake donuts in a pan in the oven as it is to use the donut maker.

The drawback I find to the donut maker is that it can’t be submerged it in water so you have to be extra neat when making your donuts or you are left with a burnt-on, crusty mess to clean up.  Not a huge issue provided you have a half a roll of paper towels to spare and don’t mind dealing with crumbs.

I also love my cookie scoop.

And if you use cake/cupcake decorating tools or tips, give me your tips on the tips.

For my other fave kitchen appliances and gadgets (the ones I love and the ones I find over-rated), check this post.

Happy Baking Season!

72 comments on “Baking Supplies”

  1. I found another brand called Cuissential Slickmat available at Amazon for $17.99. Has anyone tried this brand? I was going to purchase one until I seen this article on Silpat. Hmmmm. Which one should I get? On my wish list I could use a Breville panini press.

  2. does a 36″ oven count as a “wish list” item? Cause I’d sell an ovary for one.

    I love my mini bundt pan and viking mixer. It has some serious arse behind it.

  3. I have the cookie scoop and love it! I recently bought a whoopie pie pan but haven’t yet put it to good use…hopefully soon!

  4. That egg pod looks very cool. My gadget drawer runneth over as in jameth shut. I took a Wilton cake decorating class years and years ago….I’ll bet you can find some YouTube videos. It was really a lot fun making shells for borders and making roses and sweet peas, even learned to make 2 tier cakes! But cleaning up the Crisco frosting mess afterward…not so much. On your reccommendation I picked up a cookie scoop, haven’t tried it yet, but ’tis the season to get my arse in gear :D

  5. I have silpats on my xmas list – so glad to hear they’re your favorite!

  6. You can never have too many baking supplies! My food proc just melted (yes, MELTED) so I wouldn’t mind getting a new one. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to live with the Vita for now. ;)

  7. Yay! You got the cookie scoop! Isn’t it awesome???

  8. The kitchenaid stand mixer would be awesome, but I’m still dreaming about a vitamix someday. I love that I now know that the BBB coupons don’t expire. I’ve been saving them up like crazy! I have never gotten fancier with decorating that a ziploc bag either, but the decorating tools look like fun.

  9. Pretty sure you’ll win Scott over with cookies :)
    Wish list: a juicer, spiralizer, VitaMix
    Love list: KitchenAid mixer, dehydrator (new!), bread machine

  10. Holy bejeezus, those cookies look good. And what a fun post — I love shopping for supplies.

  11. Can’t wait to see what you make with your new goodies!

    I’d love to get some Silpats. Been wanting them for ages in fact. Next time I have a 20% B, B, B coupon. Same goes for those cookie scoops. What a find! The big KitchenAid Stand Mixer would be awesome too :-)

  12. BB&B is so much fun to browse and this post makes me want to go back soon. Lots of cute goodies here. But truthfully the pink pig egg tools are a little much. :-)

    New pans, a fresh herb grinder, and more non stick sheets for my dehydrator are one my wish list.

  13. Ahhh I love that mini piggy frying pan! Gosh, you’re making me want to make a trip to BB&B! Hmmm on my wish list would be a vitamix (surprise surprise), a silpat, a dehydrator, and after seeing this post, a cookie scooper!

  14. I have never been to a Bed, Bath and Beyond :-(

  15. Pingback: Baked Eggnog Vanilla Donuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze

  16. Pingback: 10 Gifts Under $10

  17. Pingback: White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

  18. Pingback: Scraped

  19. Hee, does this store have a webshop, because I live in the Netherlands and I want to buy those!!!


  20. Pingback: Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls

  21. ld appreciate if u could tell me do they have extra bowls for the kitchen aide mixer
    thanking you in advance

    [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.