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What do you use to mix cookie dough?

My beloved Sunbeam Food Processor's bowl fell apart after 20 years of use. I have been searching for a replacement, but to no avail. It was a gift from a very special friend and I hate to toss it, but I guess I have to. For the past 20 years I have blended my cookie dough with this processor. Tonight, I had to use a hand blender. It got me to think, do I buy a KitchenAid or another food processor? AND, what does everyone else use to mix their dough? I would appreciate your opinions and recommendations. TIA

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  1. I usually use my KitchenAid stand mixer.

    1. I use my KA mixer. Does Sunbeam no longer make your model? Have you looked on ebay? When my Cuisinart work bowl developed a crack I found a replacement bowl fairly easily but also got an entire replacement processor, new, off ebay. Fortunately the model is still available from Cuisinart so this may be the problem with your model if it's been discontinued.

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      1. re: cheryl_h

        No, Sunbeam doesn't make the processor or anything like it anymore. I have checked eBay and nothing. I have been looking for about 2 years. I knew the bowl was going down the tubes. I even checked Great Britain and Canada for replacement parts.

      2. I do mine by hand with a mixing bowl and a large wooden spoon. Prefer it over machines.

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        1. re: Pupster

          Wow, I haven't done that since I was a kid. You are the awesome!

          1. re: Pupster

            Same here - an old Revereware bowl and a wooden spoon. I feel like I have more control than with a mixer.

            1. re: Pupster

              I agree; wooden spoon for butter into sugar, then hands when it gets too stiff after adding flour. easier on the wrists. i find my dough gets overprocessed in the mixer(hand mixer).

            2. I once had to make an enormous amount of dough for cookies and I nearly killed my hand-held mixer (it smelled a little burn-y at the end), but I did it. Ended up with 13lbs of dough, and I have proof:

              http://tenacity.net/2005/01/have-you-...

              *grin*

              Andrea
              in Albuquerque

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              1. re: tenacity

                And to think you had to bake all of that dough too! Wow...

              2. Definitely a Kitchen Aid Mixer, or similar stand mixer. I would think a blender or chopper might be a little rough on the dough. You don't want to beat it up too much, or your cookies will be tough.

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                1. re: Alice Q

                  Nobody has ever complained about tough cookies... I guess I never thought about that. I think it gonna be a KA. OK guys, now what model? thanks.

                  1. re: mochi mochi

                    K5A made by Hobart from ebay for about 100 bucks. The thing is old, but it's built like a tank. I have one of its cousin, the K5SS, and it still purrs like a kitten.

                2. I use both the KA stand mixer and my Cuisinart. It just depends on what cookie recipe I am making. My almond macaroon recipe would never work with the mixer.

                  1. I use the KA to beat the butter, sugar, and eggs to get them light and fluffy. I add the dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon because that's the part you should NOT overmix. Overbeating flour creates a gluten network which is bad news if you're looking for a tender cookie.

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                    1. re: amandine

                      It's good to beat the butter and sugar to get them fluffy - that gives you a light tender crumb - then beat in the eggs and blend the flour on low speed or by hand. They won't taste different if the butter mixture is creamed by hand but the texture might be a little gooier and they might spread more.

                    2. Wow, I had no idea I was a technological dinosaur. I make chocolate chip cookies all the time, just like my father taught me: two forks, one each hand, to cream the sugar and butter (imagine a quick right-hand, left-hand motion squishing through the butter with the fork tines), then a regular tablespoon to mix. It takes a lot of arm power, but my cookies always come out yummy.

                      1. Have you tried to contact sunbeam directly? I have found that many times that they do have spare parts that are not publicly available, unless you ask.

                        A friend recently bought a Kenwood mixer and is raving about it to anyone within range. I had a chance to use it once when we catered a wedding and it is quite impressive. They are not cheap, but it seems to be built much stronger than the recent Kitchen-aid mixers.

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                        1. re: Kelli2006

                          Thank you, yes I did contact Sunbeam and they said it was too old a model. I will check out that Kenwood, but will "borrow" my dad's old-old KitchenAid for right now.