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Give Thanks for Bake Friday 
Nov. 25, 2011 6:04 am 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 5:12 pm

By Jan

Last year Doug Mathews, an All Recipes blogger, wrote that we should put more thanks back in Thanksgiving. We agree. Nan and I look to this holiday when family and friends gather--many for the long weekend—as a way to create new bonds and memories. We jump-start for the busy December ahead with a Bake Friday group activity. Making cookies and breads together on Friday or through the weekend generates oodles of fun and laughter. We make enough cookies so that everyone can divvy up some to take home. To ensure that the assembly-fashion event goes off without a hitch, we assemble all the ingredients and Tequipment needed ahead of time. What you don’t have, you can ask others to bring with them. Here are 10 tools we love because they help make baking holiday cookies just that much easier.

1. Cookie sheets, at least 2 or 3. Shiny, durable pans without edges are best for even baking. A large classic (16x14 inch) aluminum pan by Nordic Ware, suggested retail $12.50 (, or a Regal Ware American Kitchen (12x15 inch) stainless steel cookie sheet, suggested retail $18 @ will hold a dozen medium-sized cookies.

2. Silicone spatula: The joy of  high-heat-resistant silicone is that it can be used for a variety of kitchen tasks. Available in variety of sizes and shapes and whimsical designs. Williams Sonoma, $10 to $30 @

3. BeaterBlade: If you have a KitchenAid or Cuisinart stand mixer, replace your beater with this unique blade that is made for all KitchenAid and Cuisinart models. The spatula-like edge on the beater helps scrape the bowl as it mixes. Retails for $25. Available at

4. Kuhn-Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set:  Five squeeze bottles, two tall and three small with 5 stainless steel decorating tips plus frosting spatula are easy to fill and use to decorate all those holiday cookies. Dishwasher safe- upper level. Retails for $20 available at or

5. Ice Cream Scoops, 2 or 3 sizes. For drop cookies, use a scoop that measures 1 tablespoon for speedily scooping even-sized balls of dough onto cookie sheets. OXO ice cream and cookie scoops have ergonomic handles for easy squeezing. Retail for $20 each. Available at or

6. Parchment Paper: Great nonstick solution for lining cookie sheets when baking delicate cookies, such as lace cookies, or lining baking pans for cakes. Available in supermarkets. Reynolds parchment $3 to $4 a box. 

7. CDN Touch Screen Timer and Clock (TSM2): Always good to have a a timer handy for keeping track of all the cookie chilling and baking. The touch screen timer by CDN for those who embrace the touch screen technology counts 100 hours up or down. Retails for $15. Available at

8. Oxo Oven Thermometer: For perfectly browned cookies, be sure your oven temp is on target. A round glass face on this thermometer lets light shine through for easy reading even  in the back of the oven. It has large numbers with a non-slip silicone frame or ring for easy handling. It hangs or stands on the oven rack and is calibrated for both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Retails for $15; available at or

9. Microplane Classic Zester/Grater: For zesting citrus peel, grating fresh ginger or chocolate, this ultrasharp, rasp-looking tool is the way to go. Retails for $13. Available at 

10. Cookie cutters: Wilton offers a large variety of shapes and sizes of cookie cutters. The comfort grip metal cutters are ideal for young hands to help stamp out cookies in  many of the iconic holiday shapes: snowflake, candy cane, gingerbread boy, star, snowman, tree to name some shapes. Retail for $3.20 each at  


Cooking and kitchenware experts Nancy Byal and Jan Turner Hazard invite you to get in the holiday cookie baking spirit with GadgetGals Holiday Cookie Cookbook. Their 20 clever new takes on favorite cookie recipes are easy to make and a joy to serve. Includes color photos of every recipe. To purchase for $4.95, simply download the e-book from and print out a copy instantly.



Nov. 25, 2011 9:11 am
Great idea! Much better to spend time cooking and talking than shopping. :)
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We are GadgetGals-tm, a team of two women who love food and write about kitchen gadgets at allrecipes and at our own website The website provides news, reviews, and know-how about all kinds of kitchenware and small appliances. We have been writing about kitchenware since 2003. Nancy lives on a farm in Iowa and Jan lives in an apartment in New York City. Nancy is left handed and Jan is right handed. Good for testing the comfort of many gadgets. We love to help any and all with food questions gadget advice and concerns related to food prep.
My favorite things to cook
We both like to bake. Nancy lives on an apple farm, so she is more of the expert for all things apple related. Since we both have families, fast daily cooking is a concern to both GadgetGals-tm. Jan loves to entertain and tries out new menu ideas on her guests. Nancy never knows who will drop in at her farm, so she always has a cup of coffee ready to serve with a "treat."
My favorite family cooking traditions
We both celebrate the holidays, through the year, from New Years to Fourth of July to Christmas. We both try to add a new idea or recipe to the menus of the traditional foods the family expects. Jan loves to grill. Nan always holds a Christmas cookie baking day with cousins Cathy and Ann and sometimes Cathy's grandkids.
My cooking triumphs
That we can be reached for cooking and kitchen equipment questions by two means. All Recipes and
My cooking tragedies
Nancy trying many times to bake a two layer pie of pumpkin and pecan pie with the nuts on top. Never got it to separate into layers though it tasted good! For Jan, sprinkling salt on Bosc pears, thinking it was sugar then baking them. What a taste surprise everyone had at dessert time!
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