Baking Supplies


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

Wall of baking supplies

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.

Silpat non-stick matsNothing 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.

Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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.

Cookie dough scoop bucket

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.

Silicone spatulas

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.

Egg-making supplies

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.

Egg-making supplies

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.

Cake decorating set

Any tips on using my tips?

I have also been loving making donuts!

Various baking pans

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)

Regular and mini donut pans

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

Great use of the cheapie donut pan.

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze

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

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

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

Mini donut pans


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!

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


  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :-)

    1. You and I share those “blink and you miss it” sized kitchens….that keeps me honest in there and from going too nuts :)

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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. ;)

    1. well for your age, I think you’re doing mighty amazing with “just” a Vita :)

      can’t believe your food proc melted?! whoa!

  8. 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

  9. 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!

    1. i *almost* bought the whoopie pie pan, too…but felt that would be a lil overkill. Glad you like the scoop too!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. I think Silpat is a gold standard and is essentially the same price as the one you mention, within a few bucks…and use a coupon at BB & B

  12. Those cookies look good! I’m really excited for my Glass Dharma glass straw order. :) My foodie wish list: Vita-Mix (bwahahaha, expensiiiiiiiiive!), a spiraler, a magic bullet (though I’d be fine with just a Vita-Mix) and cute little ramekins. :)

  13. So I haven’t come to say hi for awhile, so hello! Also, THOSE COOKIES LOOK AMAZING!
    I can attest to the inefficiency of making cookies on one sheet. I had to make about 6 dozen caramel stuffed apple cider cookies for 3 Halloween parties in a row, and it took me all morning just to get them all baked! I’m kind of cheap sometimes, but I don’t know why I didn’t just take 20 minutes and $10 to run out and buy a 2 pack of cookie sheets on sale. Learned my lesson.

    1. hi and thanks for checking in!! and yes the inefficiency thing…BTDT, and ready to NOT do it again!

  14. I love any kind of kitchen gadget, its my weakness not shoes, purses, or clothes. I definitely avoid Bed, Bath, and Beyond because I would spend too much money in there. I have been wanting a cookie scoop, donut pan, and want a mini cupcake pan.

  15. Now I want to go shopping!! I think I only have big ticket items on my list – like a really good blender and a good toaster oven, but I would love a Silpat as well!!

  16. I got a silpat about 4 or 5 months ago. LIFE CHANGER! How amazing is it to not have to deal with parchment paper anymore. I love being able to take the silpat off and literally not even have to clean the baking sheet, just right back into the cabinet it goes! A donut pan is on my “list” and has been forever now. I hardly ever venture into BB&B but I’ve got about 15 20% off coupons in my car for when I do!

    1. yes LIFE CHANGER. Between the Silpat and the scoop, it’s a life changer. The difference in results is night. And day. It’s like running in cross trainers. Or in football cleats. You wouldn’t think it could make that much of a diff in the overall experience…but it does!

  17. A couple of silpats are definitely on my wish list, as well as a spiralizer for veggies.

    I agree about the donut pan. By far, it was one of my best kitchen purchases this year and mine was less than $15 from Crate & Barrel.

    1. yes and your donuts make me…happy!

      read your on-site reply about your time in SF and how your family and home was in Boston and it all makes sense…and I love SF but couldn’t ever live IN the city. It’s just too cold and concretey for me. Our friend in Marin is where it’s at. We’d have to win the lottery to live there though…and it’s still…too chilly compared to San Diego!

  18. Unless I’m looking for a specific item and I confirm that they have it with a phone call, I hate going to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Maybe it’s the lighting or the shelving or something; not sure why, but their displays look so unappealing to me. As opposed to Target or Sur la Table or Williams-Sonoma, where I can casually pass by the kitchen doohickey rack and immediately see 10 things I want, even when it’s the exact same stuff as 3-B!

    Have fun with the cupcake decorating! You should photographically document your skill progression. (That means I want to see the early, not-so-good results that look more like my decorating efforts than the amazing confections I see on the internet.)

    1. I used to feel that way, too, but somehow got over the lighting and retail chaos. I still feel that way about Sam’s or Costco which is probably a good thing that I dont venture in.

      Cake decorating progress pics…I’ll try!

  19. I could spend forever in there just staring at the gadgets. Love my spoonulas. The kitchenaid is high on my wish list along with a mini-food processor. I have a large one, but sometimes it’d be nice to not have to pull that one out for smaller projects.

  20. You can use your new piping tips for getting a thicker donut batter into those little mini pans! I use the #10 tip for that same purpose (at least I think it is #10 – it is the largest round hole). Afterward, you can use the teeny hole to pipe pretty decorations on those donuts. Maybe snowflakes to go really seasonal?

    I think I may have just totally talked myself into a new recipe idea. . . .

    1. thank you for this tip!! #10 or the largest one…for the mini donut piping…why didnt I think of that. Thanks for the tip!

  21. I would love a stand mixer and a set of All-Clad pans. Maybe I’ll win the lottery!

  22. Oh my gosh, I totally would have bought that piggy pan and made myself piggy pancakes. ah! I love it!

  23. What a fun shopping trip. I so need a donut pan. And a cookie scoop. And a silpat. And then I will need some looser pants too :)

    I was just reading ‘vegan cookies invade your cookie jar’ last night, and Isa and Terry mention baking only one sheet of cookies at a time because they cook more evenly. So according to them, you’re not inefficient at all! But I’m sure you’ll still benefit from the extra silpat.

    I always think I want a stand mixer but the reality is I’ve never ever come across a recipe that I really needed it for. It looks great on the counter though, if you have the room for it – which I don’t. As for my fav baking appliance, I would have to say my vitamix. It is just my fav kitchen thing. I use it to mix the wet ingredients in baking, and sometimes to make icing or glaze. Easy peasy!

    1. ive read that before in other cookbooks about 1 sheet at a time but seriously..unless you work for Betty Crocker and it’s your job to bake and recipe test cookies, who DOES that?! I guess baking them one at a time is live-able, but it’s waiting for them to cool way down to room temp before you put dough back on them that takes…an hour++. Not in my timeframe budet :)

  24. BB&B is the danger zone for me! The stand mixer is on my wish list too, but I don’t know where I’d put it.

    I was just on there and purchased a steamer and an oven thermometer – how I didn’t have these items, I have no idea.

    1. I like to store all my items in the cupboards too…but I’d find a place for it. Even if I had to donate other things…ha!

  25. they never expire?!?!?!?!
    thank you for the hottest retail tip of the year!
    i’m emailing ALL of my friends and family right this very moment! x

  26. I didn’t realize those coupons never expired!
    My MIL is getting us a food processor for the holidays…we used to have one (it was our first appliance that we bought together!) but it died. So I’m excited for a new one!

    I absolutely love cupcake decorating! Last year I worked on it with one of my students (I teach homeschooled kids) and we ended up making some really creative ones. One thing we did was practice on a sheet pan, using the tips and the frosting, just filling it up with patterns and shapes, playing around with them. That helped us to master the feel of it before moving on to the cupcake!

    1. every time I mention they never expire, someone always learns that tidbit (and the commenter right under you too!)

  27. I LOVE my silpat! It makes cookies taste so moist :) mmmm.

    Dallas & I went kitchen shopping the other day! I got spoiled with new toys for baking and cooking with :D It’s not even Christmas yet!!

  28. Love this post ;) I’d definitely like a kitchen aid mixer – a red one would be nice :) I love my garlic press, nut chopper and zester, little things that make cooking just that little bit easier!

  29. A good set of fun measuring cups are on my wish list!! There are some cute measuring spoons at pier 1 too!! LOVE, LOVE!!


  30. I need a new spatula like WHOA. I even brought home my 20% off coupons, but managed to avoid the craziness of BBB over Thanksgiving weekend. It would have been a nightmare.

    I really want a food processor, but I have nowhere to store it. And I kin of want that cookie scoop now. :)

    Have a safe trip!!

    1. life changing results with the silpat + scoop.

      having the right tools for the job makes the finished product that much better. you’d love it!

  31. Immersion blender! Immersion blender! And now I’ll be throwing one of those baking mats on my list as well. Also, I’d secretly LOVE a vitamix but I’m not even going to ask for that one…

  32. I asked for that cookie scoop as an xmas stocking stuffer! I can’t wait to use it! A silpat is also on my list, and lots of other small kitchen things. A Kitchen Aid mixer is definitely on my dream list–so it a Vitamix and a juicer!

    1. juicer…try craigslist. It’s a SUPER common item for people to use a half dozen times and then not use it.