The Essential Tools for Baking Brownies and Dessert Bars
Love to make the best brownies or tasty dessert bars? We've rounded up our favorite tools for making these simple (yet delicious) desserts.
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Looking for an easy bake that’ll please everyone? You can’t go wrong with a good dessert bar or brownie recipe. These treats are simple to make, but it never hurts to have a few specialty tools on hand (in addition to the basics) to make these bars their best yet.
13×9 Pan with Cover
We know your 13×9 pan is a kitchen go-to. When you bake up a pan of bars, use a pan with a well-fitting cover like this one ($13). A good lid makes packing this pan easy and it keeps your cookie bars fresh in case they aren’t all eaten at once—but that almost never happens with these recipes.
Nonstick Baking Pan
A nonstick baking pan, like this one from our line of bakeware ($16), is a must in any kitchen. It makes baking and serving up gooey bars, like these caramel brownies, a snap. Try it in a smaller, 8×8″ size, too.
Be sure to stock your kitchen with an 8×8 pan—a must for when you want brownies or bars on a smaller scale. This ceramic one from Lodge ($29) will last for years to come, though you can check out some of our other favorite 8×8 pans, too.
Don’t scoop your super fudgy brownies with an oversized spatula or a butter knife! Instead, grab a small serving spatula to slice and scoop your best recipes. This small spatula ($8) is a favorite in our Test Kitchen.
via Bed Bath and Beyond
Compact Food Chopper
So many of our favorite bar recipes include handfuls of chopped nuts—especially these nutty recipes. Chopping nuts, chocolate or dried fruits by hand can be a bit fussy, but the job doesn’t seem to require a hefty food processor. That’s where a compact food chopper ($25) comes in especially handy. It’ll make quick work of chopping up all your favorite mix-ins.
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