Got a Kitchenaid Mixer at home but not sure which attachment to use? I’ve totally been there. Speaking for myself, getting a Kitchenaid mixer had been on my bakers’ bucket list for years before I actually got my hands on one when I was working at a bakery.
Ah, the mixed emotions. I was in awe of this beauty but also in a little bit of … well, shock! Who knew it came with so many attachments? And what do I even do with them?
Quietly and carefully, I navigated through the different attachments trying very hard not to embarrass myself in front of my colleagues. After a couple of failed attempts, it became clear to me that I should only use the flat beater or the flex edge attachment for cookies.
I’m Angie, I’m a self-taught baker and I’ve been baking for over 10 years. In this article, I’ll share with you all I know about Kitchenaid mixer attachments, tell you which one is best for making cookies and why.
Now let’s get mixing!
Kitchenaid Mixer Attachments
Kitchenaid mixers are more than just looks. They’re impressive for their versatility and their abilities to perform multiple purposes.
Depending on the model you choose, the variety and material of the attachments that come with your mixer may differ, but all mixers come with a mixing bowl, a dough hook, a beater, and a wire whip.
You can upgrade your mixer by adding your choice of accessories or attachments to it. There are over 80 different attachments to choose from. In this section, I’ll give an overview of a few basic attachments most commonly used for baking.
Let’s start with the flat beater, aka the paddle attachment, aka my go-to attachment. The flat beater mixes without incorporating too much unwanted air. It’s sturdy enough to cut through butter and thoroughly combine the ingredients together.
The flat beater is perfect for combining and creaming all your mixtures with a heavier consistency. Cookie and pie dough, cake batter, and buttercream to name a few.
The wire whip is ideal for whipping up egg whites, heavy cream, and frosting—anything that requires a lot of air incorporated.
The wire whip usually has six to eleven wires. They are sturdy, but still thin. This means that using it to mix stiffer ingredients may cause the wires to shift or snap. For this reason, it is not ideal to use the wire whip attachment for cookie making.
The dough hook is made for heavy-duty breadmaking. It is specially designed in its spiral hook-like shape so as to better and more efficiently knead the dough, giving it and withholding elasticity. The motion created by the dough hook mimics the way dough is kneaded by hand, hence the great result.
Because of its particular shape, there isn’t a lot of contact between content and the attachment when using a dough hook, and so the dough hook is not ideal for mixing batter and cookie dough.
The flex edge attachment does not come with the mixer. It is one that you’ll have to purchase separately, but it works wonders.
The flex edge attachment is shaped exactly like a paddle attachment. The name “flex edge” comes from the fact that it has a flexible silicone edge that makes direct contact with the sides of the bowl, which eliminates your need to keep scraping the sides.
Not only can the flex edge ensure everything is well incorporated and combined, it’ll also make cleaning up easier because there won’t be dry bits stuck on the bowl.
Which Attachment on Kitchenaid Mixer to Use for Cookies?
When making cookies, it’s essential that you aerate the butter and sugar mixture. While it’s possible to do so with a wire whip, it may incorporate too much air and the wires may also shift because of how thick cookie dough is.
The flat beater and the flex edge attachment are two attachments ideal for cookie making. They both do a perfect job in cutting through and creaming butter and sugar, and they are sturdy enough to withhold the denseness of cookie dough.
Here I’ll answer other commonly asked questions about KitchenAid mixer attachments for cookies!
To make sugar cookies, you must cream your butter and sugar until the mixture is pale, light, and fluffy. It’s best to use your paddle attachment or your flex edge attachment, but if you don’t have either, you should be able to beat your butter and sugar with a whisk attachment as well.
Can you cream butter and sugar with a whisk?
You can cream butter and sugar with a whisk attachment, aka the wire whip. It’s also possible to cream them with a regular whisk, but it will require a lot of strength, and you will sweat.
How do you beat butter and sugar without an electric mixer?
You can beat butter and sugar without an electric mixer. You can use a hand whisk, but again, it’s tiring, consider it a workout.
Making cookies? Get yourself a flat beater or a flex edge attachment for your KitchenAid mixer. You’ll not regret it. If you don’t have them, well, you can always try it with your wire whip, your electric hand mixer.
Have you tried using a flat beater? What about a flex edge attachment? Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.About Angie