Holiday Baking Essentials for Your Kitchen

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The best part of the fall season, for me, is the fall baking. I love the fall flavors, apple, pumpkin, chocolate (okay, that’s all year, but still amazing always), and mint as we get closer to Christmas. There are some holiday baking essentials that are non-negotiable in my life, this list will get you there.

I always have my little helper willing to count my scoops, help mix, and taste test the dough/ batter. She has always been my helper when it comes to baking, so this list had to include some of the things I have on hand for her.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer

I’ve had a stand mixer for like 20 years at this point, but it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I got a stand mixer as a wedding gift. My KitchenAid 5-quart mixer is so much better than my old mixers. I know they’re expensive but so worth the extra cost.

With 3 different mixing attachments included and more that you can buy separately, you can mix and bake to your heart’s content.

Hand Mixer

This KitchenAid Hand Mixer is perfect for mixing things up in a smaller batch, where you don’t need to dirty the whole mixer. Or for when you’ve already dirtied the mixer and have more components to make.

Again, I love that this set comes with the extra attachments that you can swap out for your different needs. From whipping egg whites or cream, to mixing up cookie dough.

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Mixing Bowls

These mixing bowls are so amazing. They have a rubber base for stability and a pour spout. I love the sizes of them too. Besides my stand mixer, these bowls get a workout in my kitchen.

Just a side note…. don’t hide a dirty one in the oven when someone is coming over, forget about it and then turn the oven on…. the bowl will melt & you will be sad.


If you’re doing any good baking you need a set of good silicone spatulas. These ones come with a stainless steel core and a handle that doesn’t come off. There’s not much that’s more annoying than scraping the bowl and the spatula comes apart. I love the solid silicone design of these ones for that reason alone.

Silicone baking mats

Preventing your creations from sticking is so important, and while parchment paper is a good alternative, I actually don’t prefer it. I love having my silicone mats for my 9×13 pans and my cookie sheets. Plus, they’re less waste since you can use them repeatedly.

Silicone cupcake liners

Just like the baking mats, you could use paper ones instead, but why create the extra waste. These liners are a great alternative to paper liners.

Another alternative is to use a silicone pan and no liners. This silicone muffin pan and mini muffin pan are my favorites. These are super cute options as well.

Measuring cups & spoons

You definitely need a good set of measuring cups and spoons. I rotate between a good set and a dollar tree set because Little Miss loves to help measure and has a way of taking measuring spoons & cups to her room to use in her kitchen.

You will also need a set of glass (or plastic) liquid measuring cups. I love pyrex ones.

Baking sheets

I love these commercial-grade baking sheets. They hold up well, bake evenly, and are sturdy for major baking. I can go through cheaper baking sheets like nobody’s business, but getting commercial-grade ones is so worth it. The same goes for my 9×13 cake pan, 8×8 pan, and bread pan.

A stool for your little helper

I don’t have one of these stools yet, but I really want one for Little Miss. I love that it has a safety rail and wide standing platform. Right now, she either stands on a chair or on a stool like this one.

Looking to make more baking swaps?

My friend Heather from Finding Our Green Life has written a perfect post filled with easy swaps you can make in your decorating. She has filled this post with easy swaps that you can make to go dye-free this holiday season.

Last year I wrote this post, filled with great ideas for making your holiday treat boxes.

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