Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Choosing linzer cookie cutters

Linzer cookies, as I’ve mentioned before, are typically made with two cookie rounds – one of which has a windowpane cut-out – sandwiching a jam filling. There are lots of special linzer cookie cutter sets out there to choose from to make the cookie making process easier. All of them include large and small cookie cutters, and most have a plunger-type system that allows you ... Read More »

Holiday Elf Apron

Aprons are designed to help keep flour and other foods off of your clothes when cooking, and most give you a pocket or two just in case you need to slip a spoon or some small ingredient in there when your hands are full. They’re not crucial kitchen equipment – although it is nice to be able to wipe your hands on your clothes and ... Read More »

Snowflake Cake and Mini Cake Pans

Snowflake Cake and Mini Cake Pans

The Igloo Cake pan is probably my favorite new piece of bakeware this season, but Wilton’s Snowflake Cake Pan and Mini Snowflake Cake Pans come in a very close second. The pans have a great amount of detail in them, blowing up a tiny winter symbol to avery visible – not to mention delicious – size. The large pan bakes a deep, single snowflake, while ... Read More »

Igloo Cake Pan

Igloo Cake Pan

If you’re looking for a seasonal cake pan that isn’t directly attached to a particular holiday, NordicWare’s brand new Igloo Cake Pan could be perfect. The heavy duty aluminum pan has a great amount of detail worked into it that makes the finished cake really look as though it has been pieced together with blocks (albeit blocks of cake, not blocks of ice!). The pan ... Read More »

Silicone vs metal for shaped pans

Silicone vs metal gingerbread pans

It seems that there are many more options for shaped bakeware when you look at all the silicone pans that are available. Silicone definitely has its advantages, and the same thing can be said about metal pans, so when you have the choice between a shaped silicone pan and a shaped metal pan – such as this Chicago Metallic gingerbread pan or this silicone gingerbread ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2008

┬áThis is the Baking Bites 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers – about time, too, since there are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas and Hanukkah begin! If you like to bake or spend time in the kitchen, you might use these as inspiration for your wish list. And if you have a baker in the family and simply like to munch ... Read More »

Gingerbread Kids Apron & Mitt Set

Holiday Cupcake Contest

Any kind of cookie can be a Christmas cookie if you bake it during December, but the most Christmasy cookies are the kind that are cut out with cookie cutters and decorated by hand, whether with frosting or with sprinkles and candy. The Christmas cookie season is one time of year when the whole family can get involved in the kitchen, largely because even the ... Read More »

Build-a-Bear Cake Pan

Build-a-Bear Cakes

I admit that I didn’t know much about the Build-a-Bear workshop until the last year or so, when I met some kids who were big fans. It’s a cute concept: a store where kids can design custom teddy bears. If I wasn’t already familiar with the place, I would never have associated the Build-A-Bear Workshop Cake Pan with the chain of stores and would simply ... Read More »

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