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Stocking a kitchen with great gadgets and utensils can be really fun, however, it can be really daunting. There are a few methods to begin collecting the utensils and tools you need.

One method is to look through a shopping list, like our list that you can find below. Just check off what you need, then go to some local stores [or browse online] and go on a shopping spree.

Another is a trial and error method. As you begin cooking, you'll quickly realize what utensils your kitchen is missing. Believe me, the first way is much better! When you want to make a pie crust and realize you have no rolling pin, it can put you off pie crusts forever.

If you really want to save money, take some time to cruise garage and yard sales. You can find excellent cooking equipment, utensils for pennies if you are a savvy shopper. If garage sales are not your thing, you can find good deals at stores in your local area. We have a list of The Cook's Nook approved stores below that will fix your kitchen blues!

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Good Housekeeping: Sugar Cookies

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forum rating
Forum users rate this recipe 5 out of 5 stars!

difficulty

rolling pin difficulty
Recipe has a difficulty of 8 out of 10.

ingredients

  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • Ornamental Frosting (optional)
  • Coarse sugar crystals, silver dragées, holiday decors (optional decorations)

utensils | tools required

  • dry measuring cups
  • spatula/scraper
  • set of measuring spoons in tsp/tbl spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • electric mixer or whisk
  • rolling pin
  • various cookie cutters [holiday/seasonal]
  • rolling pin
  • cookie sheet
  • cooling rack
  • offset spatula [for frosting]

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended.

  2. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)

  3. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.

  4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.

  5. When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting, if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

Golden Bundt Cake

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forum rating
Forum users rate this recipe 4 out of 5 stars!

difficulty

rolling pin difficulty
Recipe has a difficulty of 2 out of 10.

ingredients

  • 2 cup(s) sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cup(s) (2 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 2 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) almond extract

utensils | tools required

  • dry measuring cups
  • spatula/scraper
  • set of measuring spoons in tsp/tbl spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowls in various sizes
  • electric mixer or whisk
  • microplane grater
  • bundt pan
  • cooling rack
  • offset spatula [for frosting]

directions

  1. Grease and flour Bundt pan.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well at each addition.

  4. Add all the flour at once on low speed until moist, then beat well until smooth at higher speed.

  5. Add zest, extract and blend well.

  6. Spoon into prepared Bundt pan.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake will spring back when lightly pressed down.

  8. Let cake completely cool on cooling rack before frosting.

Betty Crocker Brownies

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forum rating
Forum users rate this recipe 4 out of 5 stars!

difficulty

rolling pin difficulty
Recipe has a difficulty of 4 out of 10.

ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (10 2/3 tablespoons) butter or margarine
  • 5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s) chopped nuts, if desired (pecans or walnuts)

utensils | tools required

  • dry measuring cups
  • spatula/scraper
  • small saucepan
  • small whisk
  • sharp, good quality knife [santoku]
  • set of measuring spoons in tsp/tbl spoon
  • wooden spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowls in various sizes
  • electric mixer or large whisk
  • 8in or 9in square baking pan
  • cooling rack
  • serrated knife [for slicing]

directions

  1. Position one of your oven racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or shortening.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  3. In a large bowl beat the sugar, vanilla, and egg with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary to make sure everything is well blended.

  4. Beat in the chocolate mixture with the mixer on low speed, scraping the bowl occasionally as necessary.

  5. Add the flour and beat on low speed just until blended.

  6. Stir in the nuts, if using, with a wooden spoon.

  7. Spread batter into the prepared pan.

  8. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or just until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and center is set.

  9. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack for about 2 hours.

  10. Cut brownies into desired size or shape.
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