Bakeware for a New Generation of Young Cooks

Tell the children in your life to get out their whisks and spatulas! Our second cookbook for kids is out now.

From soft pretzels to personal pizzas and confetti layer cake, this book is bursting with more than 100 delicious recipes and even more opportunities for hands-on learning. Before they get started (or continue) working in the kitchen, kids need to have safe and effective equipment. With our new cookbook, The Complete Baking Book for Kids, and the ultimate kid-approved equipment, both you and your young chefs are guaranteed to have lots of fun and interactive quality time in the kitchen.

The long length, smoothing rolling motion, and slightly heavier weight of this pin made rolling pie dough a breeze. After completing the official testing, one of our 10-year-old testers went back to using this pin, saying that she found it easiest to use. Another kid tester, Charlie, happily summarized, “It’s heavier so you don’t have to press on it as much.” Although only slightly lighter than our winning pin for adults, this model’s comfortable handles and shorter length helped children control the pin, making it an excellent choice for children.  More on this test

This light, smooth bamboo spoon was broad enough to churn bulky stews, yet small enough to rotate a single chunk of beef without disturbing surrounding pieces. Its rectangular handle was comfortable to grip; its head had the most surface area in contact with the pan, so it excelled at scraping fond. Stain-resistant, it emerged after testing looking closest to new.  More on this test

With an ergonomic Santoprene rubber handle and a balanced, lightweight feel, this whisk was like an extension of a hand. It whipped cream and egg whites quickly, thanks to 10 wires that were thin enough to move through the liquid quickly but thick enough to push through heavy mixtures and blend pan sauces to smoothness.  More on this test

While these short, colorful mitts didn't provide the same forearm coverage as our favorite pair, all our kid testers found them comfortable and maneuverable. Though the company does not recommend that kids use the oven or stove while wearing the mitts, this pair stayed cool for more than 30 seconds when we put them to work with a 350-degree baking sheet. They were also perfectly safe for moderately hot tasks such as putting cookie sheets into the oven or holding on to a warm pan while transferring food to a platter or cooling rack.  More on this test

Our old winner impressed our 8- and 9-year-old testers. Its wooden handle has a small, round finger hole that encourages kids to hold it safely and securely. The children said that it helped them get a “good grip” on the knife. It comes with a plastic finger guard, which shields the fingers on the hand securing the food. (We did not have children test the guard.) The knife's rounded tip protects kids from accidental nicks, and our testers liked that the blade “felt sharp” enough to cut through all foods with ease.  More on this test

Testers found this small knife best suited for more minor kitchen tasks such as slicing an apple. Its thin, bendy blade reminded us of a boning knife and, indeed, its flexibility and stature made it dexterous enough to easily and comfortably break down a chicken. However, this flexibility required testers to apply more force to keep the blade steady, which meant it took longer to chop onions, mince parsley, and cube butternut squash. This knife is well suited for someone who doesn’t have a lot of confidence using a traditional chef’s knife. But for those doing a significant amount of chopping, slicing, or mincing, we still recommend our favorite 8-inch chef’s knife.   More on this test

This squat, sturdy triple timer was simple and intuitive, with a dedicated “clear” button and a full 0-to-9 keypad, so testers entered times by typing instead of scrolling. It displayed all of its timers at once, so we could check everything at a glance, and its stainless face repelled messes. Two quibbles: The buttons for toggling between timers were a bit squished together, and the digits on the display could be more visible.  More on this test

Our winning spoons had a simple design that allowed for a continuous, bump-free sweep, with a ball-chain connector (similar to what military dog tags hang on) that was easy to open and close. This set's metal construction felt remarkably sturdy, and ingredients didn't cling to the stainless steel. And while the 1-tablespoon measure did not fit into all spice jars, it was a minor inconvenience for an otherwise easy-to-use set.  More on this test