Gadget name: Ateco 11 Piece Plain Round Cutter Set
Price: $15, available on Amazon
It looks like: 11 concentric steel rings inside one another—the baking equivalent of a Russian nesting doll.
How we tested it: We stamped out rounds of biscuit, pastry, and cookie dough.
How it’s supposed to work: No-fuss biscuit recipes often instruct cooks to cut dough rounds with an empty soup can or inverted juice glass. But tools designed for the specific purpose of cutting rounds do exist, and they claim to be more reliable when it comes to handling more delicate doughs.
How it actually works: Exactly as promised. The rounds cut cleanly every time, while makeshift cutters like tins and glasses produced the occasional jagged edge or tear. This much cheaper set of stainless steel cutters set by Ateco performed flawlessly in our tests and held its own against competition from imported sets over five times the price.
My favorite part: There’s something kind of delightful about this little round tin that fits in your hand, and because there are 11 pieces, you can make cookies and biscuits in any size. It makes a great gift, too.
Overall: These cutters belong in the arsenal of every baker.