Make More Than Toast!
Hi there fellow toaster oven owner! I’m Brie the cook at this little website dedicated to helping you make more than toast with your toaster oven. Because I want everyone to love their tiny oven as much as I do I’ve put together a list of the best make-better-food in your toaster oven essentials.
If you’re like me you already have plenty of kitchen clutter. That’s why I’ve narrowed down the list of pans, accessories and kitchen equipment to only the 12 most essential for creating dishes so delicious no one will believe you made them in your toaster oven!
First a little disclaimer: This page contains a lot of links, a few of them are amazon affiliate links which means if you click through a link and decide to make a purchase Toaster Oven Love will earn a small commission. Hey, thanks for that!
One more very important thing: We want all of our readers to enjoy their toaster oven’s safely so the most essential thing to do is to read your toaster oven’s owner manual and follow it’s guidelines above all else for what products are safe for use in your toaster oven.
Okay, let’s get to it!
1. TOASTER OVEN PAN SETS & BAKING DISHES
15 Second Review: A pretty handy set that succeeds in most areas.
Set Includes: one 9-1/2 by 6-1/4-inch cookie sheet pan | one 9-1/4 by 6-inch rack |one 11 by 7-inch roast/cake pan | one 6-cup muffin tin
Best Piece: The rack! It’s fantastic for cooling cookies and keeping sweet potatoes from getting soggy. The rack is also designed for use in both the baking pan and cookie sheet.
Worst Piece: The cookie sheet. It’s too small to use a toaster oven silpat with and the lighter weight of the metal causes it to warp at any temperature. Its shape does return to normal after cooling and if used with the rack weighing the sheet down it warps less.
Would We Buy Again? Yep, we would gladly pay the low purchase price just for the cake pan, muffin tin and rack so even with the lackluster cookie sheet we consider it a good value.
15 Second Review: A heavy-duty pan set that could use a few extra pieces.
Set Includes: one 7-inch pizza pan | one 10-inch x 7-inch cake pan | Two 10-inch x 7-inch cookie sheet pans
Best Piece: It’s a toss-up between the cake pan and the pizza pan. Both pans are made of a heavy-duty metal that performs well at higher temperatures which is especially useful when making pizza.
Worst Piece: It’s the cookie sheets again! Sometimes they warp, sometimes they don’t. It would be nice if the set included a rack or muffin tin instead of two cookie sheets since you can only fit one in the oven at a time.
Would We Buy Again? Yes, but with the hopes they’re working to improve the cookie sheets so they consistently perform without warping at higher temperatures.
Check Out These Toaster Oven Baking Sets In Action
In order pictured: Roasted Asparagus Spears, Sweet and Savory Baked Sweet Potatoes, White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Snack Cake, Toaster Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes, Strawberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars
OTHER BAKING PANS & DISHES YOU CAN USE IN MOST TOASTER OVENS
Pie Plates (8-inch and 9-inch) • Traditional and Mini Loaf Pans • Square Metal Baking Pans or Glass Baking Dishes (8-inch and 9-inch) • Round Cake Pans (6-inch, 8-inch and 9-inch) • 12-cup Mini Muffin Pan
Toaster oven baking sets can usually be found at discount stores like Home Goods, Ross and TJ Maxx. Look at thrift stores and yard sales for money saving deals on baking pans, pie dishes and loaf pans – make sure to avoid anything with rust.
For a completely free option ask friends and family for their unused extra baking dishes and pans.
2. OVEN THERMOMETERS
Ovens (big and small) can have unreliable temperature settings. The best way to combat a fussy toaster oven is with an inexpensive thermometer. We paid $7 on amazon for ours. Look for thermometers that have a steady base and/or the ability to hang.
Place the thermometer in your toaster oven before turning it on to preheat. Check the temperature dial before you start baking and you’ll know if the toaster oven has actually reached the correct temperature.
Wonder why most recipe directions tell you to rotate a dish halfway through the cook time? It’s because all ovens have hot spots (areas that are warmer than others). Test for your toaster oven’s hot spots with a few slices of white bread and this quick Know Your Oven’s Quirks tutorial from Cooking Light.
3. DONUT PANS
Want to make these awesome donuts in your toaster oven?
Of course you do! Let’s check the measurements and see if we can get a donut pan to fit in your toaster oven.
To use the 6-cavity donut pan in our toaster oven we have to remove our baking rack and slide the pan’s edges along the rack guides inside. When measuring the interior of your toaster oven make sure to account for any guides or heating elements that may stick out preventing the pan from fitting.
If the 6-cavity donut pan is to large try a mini donut pan. It’s about the size of a 6-cup muffin tin with the same level of delicious donut fun.
Craft stores (like Michael’s and Jo Ann’s) carry these donut pans in their baking supplies isle. Shop with a discount coupon and you can get your new donut pan for almost 50% off.
4. TOASTER OVEN SILPATS
Great Things About Toaster Oven Silpats:
• Non-stick silpats are perfect for baking sticky fruit-based cookies that usually cling to even parchment paper.
• Most silpats are completely nonstick meaning you won’t have to oil or grease your cookie sheet.
• Most toaster oven silpats can withstand temperatures up to 480° Fahrenheit.
• Because you can wash and reuse a silpat repeatedly they’re also environmentally-friendly.
Not So Great Things About Toaster Oven Silpats:
- Most are too large for smaller toaster ovens and too big for the cookie sheets in toaster oven pan sets.
- They can retain oil and stronger odors like onions and garlic.
- Some reviews complain of the rubber edges degrading over time.
After eating a batch of cookies that tasted like olive oil and roasted veggies we decided to only use our toaster oven silpat for baking sweets.
For savory items we keep a roll of parchment paper handy. Update: An awesome reader named Paula pointed out that her parchment’s box stated it should not be used in a toaster oven. Sure enough ours did too. We want all of our readers to enjoy their toaster oven’s safely so we no longer recommend using parchment in them.
Ramekins are perfect for making individual desserts like apple crisps or savory meals like our Black Bean Corn Casseroles. The best part is they work as a baking dish and serving bowl = less to clean! Most single-serve recipes call for 4, 5, 6 or 10 ounce ramekins.
Thrift stores and yard sales are great for finding deeply discounted ramekins, especially if you only need one or two and not a larger matching set. Don’t forget to hit up your family and friends too for any extra ramekins they may not be using.
6. MINI CAST IRON SKILLETS
Turn dessert on it’s head with a mini cast iron skillet. Want to bake a mini vegan Berry Cake, whole-grain Pumpkin Spice Cake For 2 or a deep dish Blueberry Lemon Cookie? A mini cast iron skillet can do all of that!
We use our 3.5 inch Cast Iron Mini Skillet primarily for baking desserts for two and satisfying late night cornbread cravings.
We’ve started using a 6.5 inch Cast Iron Skillet to make veggie frittatas (recipe coming soon) and love how easily it can go from the stovetop to the toaster oven. It’s probably the heaviest skillet our toaster oven’s baking rack can hold the weight of.
Cast iron skillets do require a little extra attention. Save this awesome Care Guide for Cast Iron Skillets Pin from Simple Seasonal or check out Lodge’s (the OG of cast iron skillets) great tutorial for seasoning your cast iron skillet. This way your skillet is always rust-free and ready for a juicy cobbler recipe.
7. SPATULAS & SCOOPS
Hands down a small offset spatula is the most useful baking tool you will ever own. A pretty bold statement I know, but it has so many uses.
The Kitchn has a detailed post about why an offset spatula is one of their favorite kitchen tools and all the things you can do with it beyond icing a cake.
Okay so you’re on board with the offset spatula but a spatula just for cookies?
Cookie spatulas are very different from your regular pancake spatula. They have a super thin edge (usually metal) that gently slides under delicate items like cookies and is great for flipping Spicy Sriracha Roasted Red Potatoes. The spatulas get thicker closer to the handles making them sturdy for lifting and moving your cookies, brownies or bars to a cooling rack.
COOKIE SCOOPS & ICE CREAM SCOOPS
From scones to muffins, individual treats bake up best when they are all the same size.
The easiest way to evenly portion your dough and batters is by using a scoop. Look for scoops with release levers, they’re great for super sticky cookie dough like vegan Chocolate Dipped Lemon Macaroons (pictured left) or these Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies.
Use an ice cream scoop to portion larger cupcake and muffin batters.
Ice cream scoops, cookie scoops and spatulas are easy to find in your local craft store’s (like Michael’s and Jo Ann’s) baking supply isle. Don’t forget to shop with a discount coupon so you can save almost 50% off.
8. MEASURING SPOONS & MEASURING CUPS
Improperly measured ingredients can easily ruin your recipe. A good set of flat edged measuring spoons (make sure your set includes an 1/8 teaspoon), dry measuring cups and a 1-cup glass liquid measuring cup is really all you need to get the job done right. Investing in a small kitchen scale will give you 100% accuracy but is overkill if you don’t bake often.
It matters how you measure! Without knowing it you may be adding up to 50% more flour or liquids to your recipes than called for. Take just 4 minutes and let Martha Stewart show you How to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Cooking and Baking.
9. OIL SPRAYER
A Misto Oil Sprayer lets you enjoy all the awesomeness of your regular canned oil spray without any added aerosol propellants.
You just fill it with your favorite oil, get a little workout while pumping the container and then spray your food with a fine oil mist before baking.
It’s also awesome for oiling muffin pans and lightly dressing a salad with olive oil. The bottle and pump come apart for easy cleanup with just soap and water.
Toaster Oven Recipes Made Using A Misto Oil Sprayer
10. SILICONE OVEN MITTS & POT HOLDERS
Because most toaster ovens get hot inside and out it’s actually twice as easy to burn yourself using one. Even the highest rated toaster oven on Amazon has reviews complaining about how warm the door and handle get. The best way to protect yourself from a hot toaster oven is to always use an oven mitt.
Silicone Oven Mitts are extremely durable (we’ve had the same pair of mini-mitts for 10 years) and flexible meaning pretty much everyone in the house can use them no matter how large their hands are. But their best feature is how quickly they clean up with a little soap and water.
Old school oven mitts are better than nothing for keeping yourself protected so don’t skip on grandma’s free kitschy flower oven mitts.
11. MINI FOOD CHOPPERS & PROCESSORS
A friend to small-batch bakers everywhere Mini Food Processors and Mini Choppers are great for throwing together a quick cilantro salad dressing, mashing chickpeas or making a tiny batch of oatmeal cookie dough. And they’re much easier to clean than full-sized processors and blenders.
For most people a mini food processor is a starter appliance. They eventually upgrade and their tiny chopper gets shoved to the back of a cabinet. Check with your family and friends, you never know who might have a barely used mini processor they’d happily share with you.
12. HAND-HELD MIXERS
We’re big fans of using old fashioned elbow grease to whip up cupcakes and cookies but sometimes a hand-held mixer really is the better way to get the job done. You don’t need anything heavy-duty like a giant stand mixer. A simple lower cost hand-held mixer like our Hamilton Beach unit will work just fine. But if our tiny workhorse of a mixer ever dies I’m getting that candy apple red KitchenAid Hand Mixer!
Hand-held mixers are heavily discounted during the last three months of every year. Keep your eye out for small appliance rebates and sales during the holiday season.
OTHER TOOLS & EQUIPMENT WORTHY OF MENTION
Narrowing down this list was hard! There are so many awesome pans, tools and kitchen equipment that work great for toaster oven cooking and baking. I thought these were also worth mentioning: wooden spoons, heat-safe rubber spatulas, a sharp knife, pastry brushes, mini pie plates, small bunt pans, 6-inch cake pans, whisks, mini tart pans, mixing bowls, tongs, a rolling pin, cookie cutters.
Well friends, we’ve covered all of the toaster oven essentials so now I gotta ask…are you ready to make more than toast?
Ooh, think I heard a YES!
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