Well helllooooooo everyone! Here’s an actual post! What is this?!

So, something very special came in the mail today:






Now, I’ve wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer for eons, but, of course, they’re quite pricy little things. But for me, no kitchen is complete without one (she says without irony as she goes without silverware still). And my kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a redmixer. Red is my color, you see. Well, maybe not, since I don’t have all my appliances laid out here . . . But let’s just take it as fact that red is my color. So when I saw this beauty in the very color I’ve been looking for on sale on Amazon, I just had to pounce on it.

And then, of course, I had to break it in.


I’ve been wanting to make cookies with these amazingly adorable cookie cutters for ages! But I don’t bake cookies all that much. I don’t bake much period, because I will devour half of whatever it is if I’m not careful. Also, the dishes . . .

Anyway, I finally had my chance, and I went with gingerbread cookies! I’ve always wanted to try those and I thought, “Why not?”


And here’s my dough! Gingerbread dough gets quite stiff, let me tell you, and my mixer actually did struggle with that part a little bit, but overall, it performed like any Kitchenaid should: amazing! The dough had to cool for an hour, but it was worth that wait. I’m not sure if these were 100% gingerbread. They were closer to just straight molasses cookies, in my opinion. They’re probably almost exactly the same cooking, now that I’m thinking about it. But molasses is good for you, right? It has crazy amounts of healthy minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Therefore, gingerbread cookies are health foods. You’re welcome. (Unless you actually have celiac disease and can’t eat flour)

Time to roll out and stamp the cookies!


They’re so cute! The dough keeps sticking to my counter though, and a few of them emerged with missing limbs. Most came away unscathed, and that’s all that really matters right?

So, baked, cooled, and ready for icing! The icing was a pain! Mostly because I didn’t have the proper icing equipment (or couldn’t find it in the maze that is my basement) and so had to make do with a ziploc bag and a piping head. My shoulders are a bit achy after having to hold the bag at the right angle so that the icing didn’t escape too much. That being said, I think they turned out quite nice!


I brought them to my office and everyone loved them! So the breaking in of my Kitchenaid on a new recipe was a success! I ate way too much dough and broken cookies, but I have very few regrets on this whole experience. 😀 And now, my mixer will go back in its box and be trundled downstairs to wait for the day when I move out and haul the gazillion boxes into a moving truck and go off on my new adventure!


2 thoughts on “Empire Red

    1. Ha ha! I was lying in wait for that color to come on sale and pinching my pennies pretty hard for a couple months, that’s for sure! And Fred and Friends make the CUTEST stamp cookie cutters! I totally recommend checking them out! 😀

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