Tips on the Kitchen Aid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer

I absolutely adore my Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer! It is one of my all time favorite gifts.

The KitchenAid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer has been such a great kitchen tool for me. My hand mixer was a gift to me from my grandma one Christmas. I would have never imagined how useful my mixer would have been, and how much I would use it on a regular basis.

Take a peek into my kitchen. I want to make a small batch of chocolate cookies. Use the mixer. I would like to make some whipped cream to go with that apple pie. Use the mixer. I need to mix up all my ingredients for that omelet in a jiffy! Use the hand mixer.

My Kitchen Aid hand mixer has two beater arms which you insert into the base of the mixer. I like the way the beater snap easily into place with a gentle nudge and then a little click lets you know they are securely locked into place. When you are done with your mixing chores, with only the push of a button, the mixer arms can be removed for easy cleaning. This KitchenAid hand mixer can be found in most retail stores for around $50. KitchenAid offers many other varieties of mixers but this classic hand mixer is great at getting the common kitchen jobs done.

Although there are other mixers which are more high-tech, high speed and high priced, this five speed hand mixer can really hold its own. The way I figure it is, if you have something which needs a 12 speed hand mixer in order to blend, then it would probably be wise to invest in a stand mixer.

Hand mixers are great for small jobs, but larger mixing jobs are usually better managed by a stand mixer. If you do not have a stand mixer, but attempt to handle recipes calling for large quantity mixing jobs on a regular basis, I would highly suggest that you check into a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

So if you are in the hunt for a new hand mixer and if your hand mixer seems to be cutting corners and you are just plain tired of it, then go ahead and look into the KitchenAid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer. It handles so easily, powering gently through the batter mixes, and the open curved design of the beaters makes clean up a cinch.

I love my KitchenAid 5 Speed Class Plus Hand Mixer and my guess is that if you give one a try you will fall in love with it too.

Happy Baking!

Everything Cookies

What would life truly be like if we did not have cookies? Can you even image growing up and not getting to have cookies and milk? Or what about the cookies and milk you left for St. Nick? What would we leave in place of cookies for the jolly old fella? Milk and …? We all have so many memories of cookies through our lives!

Cookies come in a number of forms and can be classified as drop cookies, refrigerator cookies, molded cookies, rolled cookies, pressed cookies, bar cookies, sandwich cookies, and fried cookies. I hazard to guess that there is two other types of cookies, usually undocumented to protect the guilty: the unbaked cookie dough cookie, and the really, really, REALLY well done cookie (okay, we can use the words burned, charred, incinerated, blackened).l The former we are all guilty of indulging, but I am pretty sure that the latter, not a SINGLE reader knows what I am talking about!

Cookies are a billion-plus dollar a year industry. Consumers are not just buying the good old standbys like chocolate chip and peanut butter, they are splurging on designer cookies! Move over Miss Sugar Cookie, here comes Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry (ya that’s one cookie, not 3), Chocolate Cherry Jumble, Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Spice Cookie, Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, and the list goes on and on! There are so many variations on the chocolate chip cookie that to stand up and be noticed, they are referred with “original” or “classic”.

And what are these ones called Designer Cookies? What the?? Upon inspection, these varieties are beautiful cookies. Some are recognized as “hand-painted” and “personalized”. They are WAY to good looking to eat (for that matter to even touch) So what do we do with these cookies? I am sure that they taste as good as they look (right?) Do we eat them? I think not – they are meant to go “ga-ga” over for time to come – to admire and talk about late into the night. Pulllleeze!

It is good to know however, even with the way the cookie has evolved, the standbys are keeping up and not being overshadowed by this influx of chocolate chip want-to-be’s. Thank goodness for that. I don’t know about you, but I believe that the end of the chocolate chip cookie would mean the end of civilization as we know it!

According to historical record, the cookie originated in 7 century AD Persia. At that time it resembled a hard wafer-like object. They were considered good for travel due to their durability, and this allowed the cookie to achieve global recognition. The cookie was enjoyed by everyone – from the filthy rich community to the well, just plan filthy community. It was in the 1600’s that the cookie make its way across the Pacific to North America. The modern day word – cookie – was derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “little cake”. Many parts of the world have their own variations on the name, such as biscuits, galletas, keks, and biscotti. What we consider the modern day cookie (and ingredients) originated in the 18th Century. I bet you are wondering when the first cookie was dunked in that cold glass of milk….hmmm. For a complete historical record, check out http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm

So I will continue my quest for the ultimate-classic-traditional-original chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I find it I know that I will have found the basis from which all the fancy-schmacy cookies are derived. That is something that all these Hot Shots of the cookie scene need to heed. WITHOUT the basic cookie, you ALL will fall. And so it is then…that is how the cookie (or gourmet cookie) crumbles.

Pizzelle – Host A Cookie Baking Party Featuring Pizzelle This Holiday Season

Baking cookies is inevitably a part of almost any holiday, and naturally, any seasonal treat baking can be done with family and friends. Hosting a cookie making party a few weeks before the holidays is an excellent opportunity to get together with friends and family and get some yummy homemade seasonal treats. There are a lot of beautiful holiday treats that you can help make, ranging from familiar classics like iced chocolate cookies to international staples like Italian pizzelle. 

Baking Italian Holiday Treats

Making up some Italian treats is an easy way to have several really wonderful looking desserts. Pizzelle is a classic Italian cookie that looks like a little waffle. The uncooked batter looks much like waffle batter but will usually also include flavoring oils such as orange or lemon. The batter is spooned on a pizzelle iron, which also embosses a design like a floral motif onto the cookie itself.

Pizzelle are often dusted with confectioners sugar while they are cooling, or spread with a nut or chocolate paste and eaten as sandwich cookies. Although there are only a few decorating ideas for these traditional cookies, they still are sought after at cookie parties because of their elegant appearance and the ease in preparing the batches.

Embellishing and Wrapping Your Gifts

Once your party has made all the snacks they want, you can continue the event by trading small batches of cookies with one another so everyone can sample the other batches. You can embellish paper gift bags by hand using scrapbook papers, bits of cute fabric, and paints, and can put together homemade gift tags to customize each bag.

Keep a roll of festive tinted cellophane on hand to wrap up the treats individually, then tie up each cellophane cookie with a pretty ribbon before putting it in a personalized gift bag. After the whole group has received their treats, if you wish you can continue decorating bags and use them as holiday gifts to bring back home and give to those on your gift list.

These are only a few ideas for organizing an entertaining baking party for the holiday season. You could host an even bigger event by inviting more guests and putting even more supplies and embellishing options on the table. In addition to just making pizzelle, you can include a few additional international treats as well as more popular basics such as snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies. You can also include multiple different icing flavors and recipes, ranging from bright glazes to rich cream cheese.

No matter which treats you incorporate at your baking party, you will definitely have an enjoyable afternoon with friends and family and end the party with holiday cookies that are pretty and taste excellent.