I’ve compiled a list of gifts that are perfect for your cookie decorator friends. I own everything on this list so I can vouch for it’s usefulness and quality! This gift giving guide can be used when you need to find the perfect Christmas present, birthday present, or a just-because present. If your cookie decorator friend doesn’t have these things, he or she will be thrilled to receive them.
This utility cart is the perfect size for organizing all of your icing colors, tools, and accessories. It has casters which allows you to roll it into a storing area or roll it into your work area so all of your decorating stuff is right at your finger tips. It’s not too big and not too large. It measures 16.93″L x 14.17″W x 33.86″H and is made out of metal with an enamel finish which is easy to clean and won’t rust.
Fill this cart with small baskets for keeping those tiny accessories organized like piping tips, scribe tools, piping bags, etc.
Every baker needs a set of kitchen scales for any serious baking. These digital scales are perfect for measuring precise amounts of flour, sugar, meringue powder, and more. What I like about these is the space saving design. The entire unit is slim and fits into cramped cabinet space stuffed with baking gear. These are capable of weighing in imperial or English units and are precise to 0.05oz. They run on batteries which don’t run down easily. The unit has an auto off feature to prevent the unneeded use of your battery power.
For the cookie decorator who ships cookies, these can also work as a postal scale to get precise weights for calculating shipping costs. It will weigh up to 11 pounds, which is more than enough for most cookie orders that need to be shipped.
Silpat mats are basically used in place of parchment paper on a baking pan. These mats are the perfect size for half-sheet baking pans which is what most hobby cookie decorators use. Instead of going through rolls and rolls of parchment, these are reusable.
They also work for other baked goods such as macarons, chocolate, sugar art, and candy. They are made of a non-stick silicon and withstand heat up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
This bun rack is the perfect size for a hobby baker. This rack holds up to ten half-sheet pans or about 120 cookies. The rack is light weight and can be moved around on its casters which makes it easy to store or move around in your work area. This is the same type of rack used in commercial bakeries but this size is perfect for home use. Made of aluminum, it is easy to clean and wipe down. You can load it from either side and can remove the casters and keep it perched atop your counters or other work surface. When drying several pans of decorated cookies, you can’t beat this rack. The slats are open enough to allow adequate airflow between the pans which improves drying time. For even faster drying time, you can place a fan in front of the rack. It’s open design allows air to circulate and move around.
For any cookie decorator who is going to be making dozens of cookies, I highly recommend the KitchenAid Professional 600 series. This mixer is designed for the heavier duty baker. Smaller, less powerful mixers are going to burn up, either the motor or bearings, with a lot of cookie dough mixing. They just don’t have the power or the parts for this kind of work.
The Professional 600 series is more than capable for a hobby cookie decorator and can handle several batches of cookie dough per week. It’s a powerful machine that won’t let you down. The 6 quart bowl will hold one and a half batches of my sugar cookie dough which will yield about 30-36 cookies. If you are serious about baking, this is the mixer you need to start with. When you open your own free-standing bakery, then there are options available commercially that will suit you better.
This tiny projector by Pico is the perfect companion for the cookie decorator. Don’t let your artistic ability stand in the way of creating amazing cookies. This projector can be mounted on a tripod and directed downward to your cookie. You can project any image onto a cookie that you want. Once it’s projected onto the cookie, all you have to do is trace! It hooks to computers, tablets, and both android phones and iphones. You can pick any image you can find on the internet, project it onto a cookie, and recreate that image perfectly in icing. The size of this projector is perfect. It can be stashed away in a drawer or cabinet when not in use and quickly pulled out and set up to use when you are ready.
Any serious cookie decorator needs a camera that will allow for excellent pictures. If you are selling cookies, you need good images to market your business through building your portofolio, having suitable images for ads, and good images for social media like Instagram and Facebook. Mediocre images of excellent cookies just don’t do your hard work justice. This camera kit by Canon has everything you need to get started taking great photos of your work. Included in the kit are the camera body and lenses, a tripod, memory cards, and more.
A good DSLR camera will give you unlimited control of your images and the ability to shoot in raw to leave you with more control when post-processing your images. Good photo set up will make a huge difference in your ability to market you cookie business.
The Cricut machine has been my latest splurge for my cookie decorating hobby. This machine is so much fun! Instead of spending $5 or more for each cookie stencil I want, I decided to buy a machine that could cut my own stencils. Once the initial investment is done, the only real costs are replacing blades and buying stencil paper. But if you just need a stencil for one set of cookies that you aren’t likely to use again, you can make cheaper stencils with card stock instead of using higher cost acetate sheets.
I’ve used this to make stencils for airbrushing cookies and for outlining designs that I later go back and pipe. In the past I have hand-cut my own stencils and templates. Depending on the complexity of the stencil or template, this can take forever! This Cricut machine is so much faster. You can quickly create a design in photoshop or other program (like Paint.net – it’s free). Then you can upload it to the Cricut design space and then cut the stencil from there. It was very easy to set up and I can now quickly have a stencil printed and in my hands.
After you have made your cookies, you need to keep them stored in an air tight container to keep them fresh. Bagging and sealing cookies in cellophane bags is the best method for this. You can close cellophane bags with ribbon or tape, but you aren’t creating an airtight seal.
This heat sealer is perfect for many types of plastic bags. It works fine for cellophane bags and also works on plastics like PVC used for shrink packaging. The temperature is adjustable with a dial and it only powers on when the handle is depressed. You can leave it plugged in and ready to use but it won’t draw any power or produce heat until you push the handle down onto the package.
This handy dandy heat gun has a couple of purposes for cookie decorators. When you are decorating cookies, one of the most time consuming processes is waiting for icing to dry so you can continue on with your design. Using a heat gun like this one will speed up this process. You simply aim the gun toward the wet icing and in no time, the icing will crust enough for you to continue working on the cookie.
This gun is also good for shrink wrap packaging. If you want to shrink wrap your cookies instead of using cello bags, there are plenty of options available. The process for shrink wrapping is easy too. You simply place your cookie into one of the bags, seal it with a heat sealer, then apply heat with a heat gun and the plastic shrinks to the cookie. This method will give you professional looking cookies once done. The display of shrink wrapped cookies is far superior to cello bags. I like to use shrink wrap when setting up pop-up shops because the cookie design is more visible because you don’t have all of the excess plastic from your cello bags.
This cute bakery sign isn’t really something a cookie decorator needs, but I’m sure your cookie decorator friend would love to have this hanging in his or her kitchen. This sign is made out of 20 gauge coated steel and hand painted and aged to give it an authentic vintage look that is reminiscent of old enameled metal signs. It’s hand finished and the edges are rolled to give it a clean look and no sharp edges.
These signs sell out quickly so if you want to purchase it, I would recommend getting it when it’s available. If you miss the opportunity, keep checking back because more will be added.
This drawer unit by Ikea is the perfect solution for organizing a cookie decorators ever growing cookie cutter collection. Each unit has seven drawers which are big enough to store many cookie cutters but small enough that you can keep them categorized easily without having a lot of empty drawer space. The units can be stacked and when multiple units are placed side by side, they have the appearance of one large organizational unit.
The drawer faces can be customized with hardware to match an existing kitchen or hobby room. The clean, white finish works well with most design aesthetics.
Any good cookie decorator needs a decent air brush kit. Air brushing can be used to add patterns to cookies, shading, and shimmers with shimmer air brush colors.
Most all small air brush kits are the same thing and work the same way. However, some small kits have bigger price tags because of the name associated with them. You don’t need to buy an airbrush kit that has a famous name on it – you aren’t going to be getting a better kit. This small kit from StarsTech is more than adequate for the hobby cookie decorator. The kit contains everything you need including the compressor, hoses, and air gun. There are more powerful air brush systems on the market – but for cookie decorating – these small kits are more than adequate.
If every good cookie decorator needs a good camera, she also needs good lights for good pictures. Lighting will make or break your photos and no amount of photo editing will be able to improve a photo taken in bad lighting. It also goes without saying that it doesn’t matter how expensive or fancy the camera is that you use for photos, if your lighting is bad, your photos are going to be bad.
This lighting kit contains three lights and soft boxes to diffuse the light. These lights will appropriately light up any room or space with daylight type lighting. For many cookie decorators, taking pictures in natural day light is not always possible. Hobby cookie decorators tend to work late hours and well into the night. But most photography professionals will tell you that the best light for picture taking is natural lighting. In order to replicate this, you are going to need a good set of lights with good day light quality bulbs.
This lighting kit is affordable and works really well for photos and even for filming. The tripods can be adjusted to allow for close up lighting or they can be stretched tall and the boxes tilted to give the entire room a good day light glow.
My final recommendation for gifts for the cookie decorator is books. You can check out my Recommended Books for Cookie Decorators list for more ideas. I’ve listed my favorite books, that I own, and given a quick breakdown of the content within the book.