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- Good Things Come in Small Packages—Taking the KitchenAid Mini for a Test Drive - September 6, 2016
Working at Sur La Table HQ, one often hears about the latest and greatest before it hits the shelves. So when the much-anticipated KitchenAid Artisan Mini arrived, I did what any person that likes adorable things would do: I gasped at its size, cooed and giggled about it like it was a baby or puppy, then said, perhaps a little too loudly, “It’s sooooo CUTE! It’s tiny, like a Christmas tree ornament!”
Next thing I know, over walks my coworker and KitchenAid Mini enthusiast to defend this mini-yet-mighty machine, pointing out it can do everything the bigger machines can do. And then something serendipitous happened: I was offered the chance to take one home and test it for a week. To give it a whirl, you might say. Sometimes these things just work out. Of course I accepted. (That was well over two weeks ago. Is that theft? I think I have until the third reminder to return it, right?)
I decided to give it spin by whipping up a batch of peanut butter cookies from The Joy of Cooking. It’s kind of like judging a Thai restaurant by the quality of its pad thai, or an Italian restaurant by its meatballs. This machine would only be as good as how well it handled my tried-and-true-recipes.
I’ll just go ahead and say it—the machine creamed the butter and sugar like a champ, incorporated the dry ingredients without covering my kitchen in a dusting of flour, and didn’t complain when I added chocolate chips. Yes, I went rogue from the recipe. I have no regrets.
I didn’t take any pictures, but you can imagine it—my kitchen counters were lined with cooling racks of several dozen sugar-dusted, cross-hatched peanut butter cookies. I had plenty to share with coworkers and family—which is good, because no one can say no to cookies. I think I could have even doubled the recipe. Can one bake too many cookies? (Editor’s Note: The answer is always NO). Not bad for a Christmas tree ornament, right?
My second cookie recipe was Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies. They’re chocolate-chocolate sables. I did break out the camera for this. On the left, the KitchenAid machine I already own, which I will now affectionately refer to as “The Beast.” On the right, the new KitchenAid Mini.
The Mini could have handled a double recipe, but I had already determined that sadly, I didn’t have enough chocolate to cover that. (I need to have a word with my husband and son about eating chocolate and not telling the main grocery shopper to get more.)
Fast-forward to the cookies I brought to work with me today. They were dreamy. You should make them. Like, yesterday.
The moral of the story:
Good things come in small packages.
Don’t knock it before you try it.
Eat more cookies.