I Don't Love to Bake, But This $35 KitchenAid Hand Mixer Was Worth Every Penny

Blame it on Instagram, blame it on Alison Roman, but this time last year I just had to make the cookies. For those who may have missed the craze, the cookies are Alison Roman's Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies, a recipe from the former Bon Appétit senior food editor's delightful cookbook Dining In. Seemingly overnight, the slice and bake sweets became an Instagram sensation, spurring even non-bakers like myself to purchase plastic wrap, parchment paper, and salted butter in order to make them.

I quickly learned, however, that shortbread cookies are deceptively simple, if (and this is a big if) you have an electric mixer. You see, it's tragically impossible to beat butter until it's super light and fluffy by hand unless, of course, you frequent the gym (which I decidedly do not). So, with a 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupon in hand, I headed to the domestic merchandise retailer to purchase an appliance that would forever change my relationship with baking: a $35 KitchenAid hand mixer. At a ridiculously affordable price, this humble appliance creams butter, whips egg whites, and mashes avocados better than I could ever manage by hand. In short, it was worth every penny.

In case you need a recipe (or six) to convince you that you need this game-changing appliance in your kitchen too, here are seven easy dessert recipes I swear by, made all the easier with an electric hand mixer.

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