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Baking for the holidays can be so much fun! Whether you're making cupcakes, sugar cookies, pies or cakes, I have a great list of baking essentials that will make this holiday baking season go so much smoother!

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If you have a large family or you're making bulk batches of cookies or a multi-tier cake, nothing beats a Kitchenaid standing mixer. You can set the speed and let it do the heavy lifting for meringues and cakes that need to be stirred a solid five minutes. If you don't have space or you really only do occasional baking, the five-speed hand mixer is also amazing.


 

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Again, if you're making a big batch of cookies, this is a life-saver, and since it stacks, you don't need any more counter-space than you would with a one-tier.


 

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Having a case to store your piping tips will make your life so much easier and more organized. This kit doesn't include bags, but you can get those separately and one box will last you a long time.


 

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As someone who only has one of these, I am telling you it's not enough, because nobody wants to wash out their measuring cup every time they melt butter or measure and oil-based ingredient. I certainly don't. Save yourself the trouble and get a set.


 

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Rather than buying parchment paper and producing waste, use a silicone mat! They're easy to clean, easy to store and really make it so much easier to get cookies off of your pan.


 

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This spatula and it's larger counterpart are so cool! They have a ridge on one side that keeps the spatula from laying flat on your countertop! No more wasting paper towels or messy cleanup because your kid set the spatula down on the counter. Whoever designed this is a genius.