A very big day for me.

So, two Christmases ago, I put a GE 14 cup food processor on my wishlist and was delighted to receive it as a gift from my Noni.  The food processor worked wonderfully, and even gave me the confidence to make bread from scratch for the first time (and many subsequent times) with it's dough blade and powerful motor.  Unfortunately, on Easter, I took the food processor out, dumped ingredients in like usual to prepare a loaf of "The Bread" for our family's holiday meal, and when I went to press the blend button- NOTHING happened.  Tragic.  So, I ended up scraping out the ingredients and after multiple attempts to fix the machine, kneading the dough by hand.  I kneaded and kneaded and kneaded some more, but, my bread was essentially a brick and I realized I needed a kneading machine (<---whoa there awkward phrasing!) if I was going to be any good with making bread at all.

Turned out that my food processor offered a 2 year warranty, however, it also turned out that the product had been discontinued (nooooooo!) so I had to accept a store credit instead.  I looked at other food processors, but they either didn't have a dough blade or had too small of a capacity.  I left the store empty handed and sad.  I really like making bread!  And I reeeeeally suck at hand kneading!  What to do, what to do?

So, I did what any logical person does when they have a question.  I asked everyone on my Facebook page. (Obviously, right?) And EVERY. SINGLE. COMMENT. was in agreement.  "Get a KitchenAid."  Now mind you, I've been wanting a KitchenAid for some time, and though I know they are amazing and worth every cent and will last until my generation is entirely little grannies and grampies, I just haven't had the money to purchase one.  However (yes, that's right, there's a "however") my mom, had a coupon for 30% off of any purchase at Kohl's.  AND Kohl's had the KitchenAid Artisan series on sale for $50 off already AND there was some spare Kohl's cash... next thing I knew (thanks to my awesome mom who I will definitely pay back, but appreciate so much!), I was the newest, jumping up and down, taking-stupid-pictures-in-the-store owner of my very own KitchenAid mixer!  Yes, it IS that exciting!  Really.  It is!  (To me at least!)
Extremely dorky unflattering but true to the moment photo
Once home, I HAD to try it out, so I went with the peanut butter cookie recipe found in the KitchenAid handbook.  And oh my goodness, the batter mixed like a DREAM, just like I expected.  It was glorious :-)  I can not WAIT to make more baked goods and share them with everyone I know.  Prepare to pack on the pounds friends, because I show my love for you through the kitchen, you should know this by now ;-) and my kitchen just got a whole lot cooler.
Look! It's a KitchenAid! In MY kitchen! Mixing!
And I have an excuse to use THIS awesome stuff!
Chewy, delicious and... EVENLY mixed baby.
 

If you'd like to whip up your own Peanut Butter cookies, here is KitchenAid's recipe (from their Facebook page) Enjoy and happy mixing! (If you're tracking Weight Watcher points, they are 2pts per cookie, not bad!)
Peanut Butter Cookies
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup melted butter or margarine, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

Place peanut butter and butter in mixing bowl.
Attach bowl and Flat Beater to mixer. Turn to Speed 6 and beat about 1 minute, or until mixture is smooth.
Stop and scrape the bowl. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Turn to Speed 4 and beat about 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl.

Turn to Stir Speed. Gradually add all remaining ingredients to sugar mixture and mix about 30 seconds.
Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press flat with fork in a criss-cross pattern to ¼-inch thickness.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.
Yield 36 (1 bar per serving).

Per serving: About 83 calories, 2 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates,4 g fat, 6mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium

5 comments:

  1. I like peanut butter cookies. Just sayin'

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  2. Yayyy! Congrats! Love my KitchenAid too! :)

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  3. We LOVE our Kitchen Aid. Use it at least once/week. Welcome to the club.

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  4. Congrats! I LOVE mine soooo much. I need to get a second bowl though, that would be super helpful. Where did you get that vanilla bean paste?

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