I'm Judit, owner, and designer at The Sweet Designs Shoppe. Welcome to my blog, where you will find a permanent home for everything cookie decorating. From recipes to tips, color palettes, and packaging ideas to shopping, packaging, and must-haves. I cannot wait to share my knowledge with you.
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Cookie decorating can be overwhelming, with so much to learn and a wide variety of supplies to choose from. It’s challenging to determine which ones are of good quality and offer lasting value. While it can seem costly, I’m here to help by sharing the supplies that will give you the best value for your money. I’ve curated a list of my top must-have supplies that have stood the test of time. Are you tired of searching endlessly for the ultimate baking supply list? Look no further!
I like the 7-quart, mainly because it’s easy to double my recipe and fits inside the mixing bowl.
Our amazing 3D printed cookie cutters can make your cookie decorating experience a breeze, plus they offer super cool designs that will inspire your imagination!
If you’re looking for the perfect baking mats for your cookies, I recommend using 100% silicone-coated fiberglass mesh perforated mats. Not only are they freezer and oven-safe, but they’re also heat-resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit! These mats can help reduce spreading and create a lovely texture at the bottom of your cookies.
I’m really fond of my oven mitts! They’re so handy because they’re longer and have kept me from burning my hands. The best part? They’re washable and super easy to clean.
Whisks for Cooking, 3 Pack Stainless Steel Whisk for Blending, Whisking, Beating and Stirring, Enhanced Version Balloon Wire Whisk Set, 8″+10″+12″
Oven Thermometer, temperature range: 100F to 600F, stainless steel.
Ensuring your oven is at the right temperature when baking is essential. To avoid any mishaps, using an oven thermometer is a great idea! It’ll help you achieve your desired baking temperature and ensure that your baked goods come out perfectly every time. So go ahead and give it a try!
Did you know using a cooling rack can improve your cookies? It helps them cool faster and more evenly, so they won’t get soggy or stick to the baking sheet. Plus, you’ll get the perfect texture and flavor every time!
Having a zester grater for cookies is beneficial for several reasons. A zester grater is a versatile kitchen tool that finely grates the outer peel of citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and limes. Incorporating this tool into your cookie-baking process can enhance the flavor and presentation of your cookies.
I recommend using stainless steel baking sheets if you plan to bake some delicious cookies. These sheets are amazing at conducting heat, super durable, and won’t warp, bend, or scratch easily. Plus, they’re non-reactive with acidic ingredients, so you can use them for all yummy treats. Stainless steel is also hygienic, which means it resists bacteria and germs, so you can feel safe and confident while baking. And if you want to keep your cookies fresh, try using lids. Happy baking!
I’ve lost count of how many measuring spoons and cups I’ve bought over the years of baking cookies. But finally, I found these gems! They’re not just stunning and perfect for photo ops, but they’ve also held up well over time.
If you’re a baker or decorator, the Precision Pin Baking Adjustable Rolling Pin is worth checking out! This handy tool helps you achieve consistent dough thickness and smoother surfaces for decorating and saves time. Best of all, it’ll give your finished cookies a more professional look and taste.
Have you considered adding a silicone spatula to your collection? They’re versatile, easy to clean, and can handle high temperatures. It’s good to have a variety of shapes and sizes to fit different tasks, ingredients, and bowls. I found this set to be really durable and enjoyable to use. Oh, and one more thing – if you’re working with royal icing, it’s best to use a separate spatula to avoid adding oils or fats.
Purchasing sheets in bulk could help you save money.
If you want to make perfect cookies every time, using a food scale is the way to go! It helps you measure ingredients accurately, which leads to consistent results and avoids recipe mishaps. A food scale can be a lifesaver if you want to adapt a recipe or use specialty ingredients. And let’s not forget about how it can help you convert between units, minimize mess, and even teach you a thing or two. So go ahead and invest in a food scale – your taste buds will thank you!
I use this tool to smooth my cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven, creating a smooth surface perfect for decorating.
When prepping and baking cookies, if you’re not using silicone mats, use parchment paper without bleach. It’s safer and won’t stick. It’s also eco-friendly, won’t change colors, and is allergen-free for any baking project. Plus, it provides a clean surface to decorate cookies professionally.
We sell tipless bags in 3 different sizes, as well as 2 thickness. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either thickness. I prefer the 30 microns, which is thiner for details and outlining, and the 40 microns for flooding, which is thicker.
It’s a great tool to spread the icing evenly and eliminate any pesky bubbles that might pop up. Plus, it’s much more eco-friendly than toothpicks because you can reuse them repeatedly! And the best part? Scribes don’t absorb any food color, so you won’t need to keep replacing them. If you’re considering investing in some cookie-decorating tools, a scribe is one to add to your list. I love the longer, skinnier scribes – they work better for me!
The scissors help you achieve precise and clean cuts, giving you better control when piping fine lines and delicate decorations on your treats. You can easily create intricate designs with royal icing or other piping materials with sharp scissors, making your baked goods look stunning. However, if you use dull scissors, you can avoid making uneven cuts, making it challenging to achieve the level of detail and precision required for these designs.
No need to worry if you don’t have a dehydrator to dry royal icing on your sugar cookies. You can always opt for the suitable old-fashioned air-drying method at room temperature or using a fan. But hey, if you plan to decorate a large batch of cookies or something that requires intricate detailing, having a dehydrator can make things much more manageable and reliable. I love my dehydrator, but if I buy a new one, I’ll go for the COSORI Food Dehydrator. I have heard amazing reviews from other cookie friends.
If you love decorating cookies, you should know that airbrushing is a fantastic technique to help you create stunning and even color gradients. It’s like having a secret weapon that can add a professional touch to your designs! However, if you’re not into airbrushing, don’t worry. You can still achieve similar results with techniques like icing piping or brush painting, although they may require more time and effort. At the end of the day, the choice to use an airbrush or not is up to you and what you feel comfortable with.
If you want to create beautifully decorated cookies, using a projector can be a big help! This handy tool makes achieving precise and intricate designs easy, even for complex or custom patterns. But don’t worry if you don’t have a projector – you can still make stunning decorations by doing it freehand or with stencils. It takes more patience and skill, but the results can be just as excellent! Ultimately, choosing a projector comes down to your preferences and the level of detail you want to achieve in your cookie decorating projects.