7 Baking Essentials for Creating Santa-Approved Christmas Cookies

Grease your cookie sheets and bring out the KitchenAid mixer—the holiday season is upon us! But you'll need a bit more than just basic bakeware for Christmas cookies. With these seven tools in your arsenal, you'll be able to create everything from festive shapes to traditional truffles.

Holiday baking must-haves for Christmas cookies
Rolling pin with holiday print photo

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Christmas Rolling Pin

Whether or not you already own one, this rolling pin from Walmartis a festive addition to your kitchen. Made of beechwood, it's lighter than marble so it's easier to handle—and does so in style by embossing a holiday-themed print onto your favorite sugar cookies.

Buy It: Holiday Rolling Print, $22, Walmart

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Christmas cookie cutter set photo

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Christmas Cookie Cutters

With this cookie cutter set you and the family can enjoy decorating mittens, snowflakes, reindeer, and more. The steel cutters slice through dough with ease, ensuring you get perfect shapes every time. Five- or seven-piece sets are also available if you'd rather keep it simple. No matter the bundle, your purchase also includes a recipe book to inspire holiday baking traditions.

Buy It: Christmas Cookie Cutter Set, $15, Amazon

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Cookie scoop from OXO photo

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Cookie Scoop

Whether you're making truffles or shaping snowman treats, this OXO cookie scoop is ready to help with all your baking needs. The scoop is perfectly shaped to make sure you get round (and even) spheres every time. Each of the three sizes serves an important function, so you may want to stock up. Use the large for meatballs, the medium for cupcakes or muffins, and the small for your Christmas cookie recipes.

Buy It: OXO Cookie Scoop, from $14, Sur La Table

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Stainless steel dough scraper with measurements photo

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Dough Scraper

This dough scraper from Sur La Table is a must-have for any baker. Its stainless steel blade cuts dough, cleans rolling pins, and it can even help you transfer chopped vegetables from the cutting board to the pan. Plus, printed measurements on the blade allow you to split a ball of dough into equal portions. When you're done, place it in the dishwasher and it'll be ready for the next prep session.

Buy It: Dough Scraper, $10, Sur La Table

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Frosting and decorating tool from Williams Sonoma photo

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Frosting Tool

Make decorating desserts even easier with this frosting tool. Featuring six different tips, you'll be able to frost cupcakes, cakes, and deck out your Christmas cookies. Just load your buttercream icing (or whipped cream) in its filling injector, snap on one of the tips, and squeeze the handle. The benefit of using this tool instead of the plastic bag method is it delivers the topping evenly while giving you complete control—and it keeps your warm hands away from the frosting to prevent a melted mess.

Buy It: Frosting Tool, $35, Williams Sonoma

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Christmas sprinkles variety pack photo

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Christmas Sprinkles Set

Once you've baked and iced the cookies it's time to decorate! Instead of the typical red and green sugar crystals, check out this sprinkle set that features five dazzling candies. The kit adds variety and allows you to unleash your creativity when making Christmas cookies. Use the silver and gold for a glamorous style, and mix the pearls and clear sugar for a modern take on festive treats. Bonus: Store other things like sewing supplies, jewelry, or small office tools in the box when the sprinkles run out.

Buy It: Holiday Sprinkles, $10, Target

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Edible markers by Wilton photo

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Edible Markers

In addition to sprinkles, these edible markers will help add the finishing touch to your holiday sweets. Their thin tips allow you to draw, write, and add fine details to any cookie. Use them to give faces to reindeer or gingerbread cookies. You can also grab them when you want to craft a plaid pattern or add simple accents on frosting.

Buy It: Edible Markers, $10, Walmart

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