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Our Favorite Cooking Tools

View the kitchen tools we've used to make some of our favorite recipes, from cover-worthy cakes to fun edible arrangements. And order them with a discount!

By Corinne Chin

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Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier
Bryan McCay
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Collapsible Cupcake Carrier

Easily transport your baked goods—like our blueberry cupcakes—with this innovative tote that holds a full-size round or square cake or up to 24 cupcakes on two removable trays. For easy storage, it collapses to half of its height. Dishwasher safe. Code CUPCARR, $27.95.

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Bake Like a Pro Kit

Pink Lemonade Crumb Bars, Chocolate-Cherry Fudge Brownies, Jumbo Kitchen Sink Cookies, oh my! Prepare for a bake sale with our kit. It includes a cookie sheet, jelly roll pan, cupcake pan, spatula, cookie scoop and recipe cards of all our bake sale goodies. Two dollars from each sale goes directly to Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger. Code FCSOS, $59.95.

Purchase it here

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Kugelhopf Pan

Whip up a lemon bundt cake with an elegant twist. Get Nordic Ware's dishwasher-safe cast-aluminum variation on the classic bundt for 10% off! Code FCKpan, $30.

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6-Quart Fagor Futuro Pressure Cooker

Make long-simmering dishes, like our shredded beef tacos, in half the time. This stainless steel model is versatile enough to cook on gas, electric, induction and ceramic surfaces. It features convenient shorter handles—making it a cinch to carry and store—and includes a steamer basket that does double-duty as a food grater. This new-generation pressure cooker, with its easy-clean release, self-locking handle and a Triple Safety System, gives cooks peace of mind. Comes with a 10-year warranty. For our readers, we are offering a 10% discount! Code FCPCK, $125.95.

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Nordic Ware Gift Cakelet Pan

Make our gingerbread cakes for the holidays, or put a fun twist on your next batch of birthday cupcakes. Made of nonstick aluminum, this pan is dishwasher-safe and comes with a lifetime warranty, as well as a piping kit with disposable decorating bags, a top and a coupler for making bows. $34.

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Mini Cakes Silicone Bakeware

We used this silicone pan to make our adorable chocolate peanut butter bites. This flexible pan is dishwasher-safe and will unmold easily. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -58 degrees F. (freezing) to 482 degrees F. (baking). Includes three disposable decorating bags. $18.95.

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Perfect Turkey Roasting Kit

Get everything you need to make our Thanksgiving turkey with pan gravy. Large riveted stainless steel handles make this 16-inch roaster with rack—perfect for a full-size turkey—easy to grab, even with bulky pot holders. Paired with the Acu-Rite instant-read probe thermometer (a favorite in FC's test kitchen), which has a quick-read display to guarantee proper temperatures, this kit ensures you'll have a delicious holiday meal. $59.95.

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Festive Leaf-and-Acorn Pan

Dress up your dessert with our wreath spice cake, made with this elegant baking pan. It has a 10-cup capacity, is made of nonstick cast aluminum and comes with a lifetime warranty. $32.

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Pizza Pizzazz

From our smoky vegetable pizza to our sweet and sour grilled chicken pie, it's never been easier to make pizza. Our Family Circle "Easy as Pie" Pizza Kit includes a 14 x 15-inch heavy-duty baking stone and the newest pizza cutter from Microplane. $32.95.

Purchase it here

Get our "Easy as Pie" recipes:

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Flower Power Edible Arrangement

Any home, garden or crafts store should have interesting containers for this project, but for an easy jumpstart in making our Flower Power fruit arrangement, buy our kit. Includes two galvanized buckets; 6-, 8- and 10-inch bamboo skewers and three cookie cutters. $22.

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Doughnut Pan Kit

Baking—not frying—our cake doughnuts saves you a whopping 12 grams of fat compared with store-bought ones. Buy a set of two nonstick doughnut pans, $26.

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Gingerbread Imp Kit

Recreate our gingerbread family with these playful cookie cutters. $14.95.

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Giant Cupcake Pan

To make our giant cupcake at home, Family Circle readers can buy the Wilton Giant Cupcake pan for $25.99—a 15% savings off the retail price. The top and bottom of the cake are baked in one 10-cup capacity pan. Made from nonstick heavyweight cast aluminum, which conducts heat evenly for a perfect cake. Lifetime warranty; serves 16. Code CUPCAKEPAN, $30.

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