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The Essential Baking Pans Everyone Needs

Looking to restock your kitchen or build your collection of gear from scratch? These are the must-have baking pans that every cook and baker needs to have on hand.

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Taste of Home 13 x 9 inch Non-Stick Metal Baking Panvia

13×9 Pan

Is there anything this pan can’t do? A good 13×9 pan is exactly what you need to bake up weeknight casseroles, big-batch desserts and simple, yet delicious cakes. We’re partial to our Taste of Home 13×9 baking pan but there are lots of great options to bake with (and it never hurts to have a spare).

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Taste of Home 15 x 10 inch Non-Stick Metal Baking Sheetvia

Sheet Pan

From cookies to sheet pan dinners, a great baking sheet is a kitchen MVP. Good cookie sheets like these from Taste of Home are worth stocking up on, especially if you’re an avid baker. You’ll need multiple trays going in and out of the oven when holiday cookie baking season comes around! Prefer to work in large batches? Try the oversized baking sheet

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Taste of Home 9 x 1.5 inch Stoneware Pie Platevia

Pie Dish

Whether you enjoy easy, no-bake pies, pies with gorgeous crusts or even an easy quiche for weekend brunch, you’ll need a pie pan to get the job done. This stoneware pie dish is a go-to in our Test Kitchen. Not only does the decorative edge make for a pretty display, but it also has notches cleverly etched in the side so cutting even slices is a cinch.

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Taste of Home 12-inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skilletvia

Cast Iron Pan

Cast-iron pans are the powerhouses of the kitchen. They’re durable, practical and can last for generations. They also are musts for whipping up skillet dinners on hectic weeknights, rustic desserts and everything in between. Grab Grandma’s skillet out of storage or invest in one of your own. You’ll find yourself using this pan nearly every time you cook.

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Taste of Home 8-inch Non-Stick Metal Square Baking Panvia

8×8 Pan

A small square baking dish is just the thing for making side dishes, small-scale dinners or small-batch desserts. An 8×8 baking dish is just the right size for these more petite creations. Start with a great basic like this square pan from Taste of Home.

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Taste of Home – Loaf Pan 9 x 5 Inches, Non-Stick Metal Bread Pan – 2 Packvia

Loaf Pan

Diving into the homemade bread game? Better grab a loaf pan or two. You can use these pans for basics like a good yeast bread or sweet and savory quick bread recipes. You can’t go wrong with either one.

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Taste of Home 9-inch Non-Stick Metal Round Baking Panvia

Round Cake Pan

Making a birthday cake? Better grab your round cake pans. These rounds are what you need to make the layers of these towering bakes. A nine-inch, nonstick pan is just what you need to make these treats.

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Bundt Pan

Sometimes we don’t have the time or patience to make a multi-layer cake but still want a gorgeous presentation. That’s where Bundt pans come in. These decorative pans create stunning bakes but without the hassle of decorating. There are plenty of pretty options out there, but our Test Kitchen recommends a basic Bundt pan to get started.

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Taste of Home 12-cup Non-Stick Metal Muffin Panvia

Muffin Pan

A muffin pan is good for so much more than muffins and is a must-have in any kitchen. Make muffins for breakfast, cupcakes for your next party, breakfast bites, dinner rolls—the options are seemingly limitless! It’s worth snagging one (or two) pans for all these bakes. Try this one from Taste of Home or go mini if you prefer your treats bite-sized.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.