What Amazing Things Can You do with a Kitchen-Aid Mixer?

My Kitchen-Aid is my favorite kitchen accessory. We have all kinds of gadgets and appliances we've never used and don't really need, but oh, I work that mixer hard. It's the first present Heather ever got for me, way back when we still lived in different states, and I've loved it from the first time I used it. I know they're expensive and not everyone can afford them, so let me just say that Heather got mine on eBay and if you join local sale and trade groups on Facebook, you can often find one for cheap. It's arguably worth the initial cost anyway because goodness me, Kitchen-Aid mixers are capable of so much culinary magic!

1. Amazing Meatballs

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Recipe: dallasobserver.com

Easy, quick, delicious – meatballs make me so happy!

2. Fresh Pasta

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Recipe: feastingathome.com

We have the pasta making attachments, and they get used often and well. Seriously, fresh pasta is surprisingly easy to make and it's so delicious!

3. Pizza Dough

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Recipe: slapyodaddybbq.com

Homemade pizza is practically effortless with your Kitchen-Aid. Sometimes the right accessory makes all the difference.

3. Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe: ohmydish.com

Duh, I know, but when you don't have a hand-held mixer, this is a great solution.

4. Shredded Chicken

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Recipe: beyondthechickencoop.com

I need to try this. I hate manually shredding meat.

5. Guacamole

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Recipe: cookingandbeer.com

So much cheaper than buying it, to be honest. Heather makes some bomb guac in the Kitchen-Aid.

6. Cookies

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Recipe: chewoutloud.com

Mixing up cookies is also easy as can be, plus then you can plop out the dough onto some plastic wrap and freeze it for later.

7. Cheesecake

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Recipe: recipetineats.com

One time I mixed cheesecake by hand. It was awful.

8. Almond Sponge Cake

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Recipe: lemontreecafe.blogspot.com

Or any other cake, for that matter, but this cake is scrumptious.

9. Waffle Batter

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Recipe: supergoldenbakes.com

Basically, you can mix things in your mixer.

10. Scones

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Recipe: wholefoodbellies.com

The thing is, though, it gives you the right touch for a variety of batters, so you don't have to worry about over- or under-mixing. That's sometimes a problem with pastries like scones.

11. Blueberry Donuts

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Recipe: butterbeready.com

And doughnuts.

12. Meringue

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Recipe: bicilthebaker.wordpress.com

And it just sucks to make meringue by hand. Those peaks take forever.

13. Macarons

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Recipe: bakersroyale.com

Macarons require a delicate touch, too. The mix for the cookies, oh man, you don't want to over-mix it.

14. Bread

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Recipe: bakersroyale.com

Bread's never been easier. Bless that bread hook.

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Recipe: bakersroyale.com

Ditto with pie dough!

16. Mousse

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Recipe: bakersroyale.com

Mixing mousse is like mixing meringue: a PITA by hand.

17. Sorbet

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Recipe: bakersroyale.com

And yes! Your Kitchen-Aid is a tremendously big help when you're making ice cream!

What do you make with your Kitchen-Aid?

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