Sometimes one small change in kitchen equipment can make all the difference, and that's what happened when we bought a Beater Blade for our KitchenAid stand mixer.
The blade, which retails for $20 or so, comes sized for KitchenAid, Viking, Cuisinart and Kenwood mixers. The outside edges of the beater have a rubber layer that works just like a rubber spatula. That means that you don't have to stop your mixer to scrape down the bowl.
We've used the Beater Blade to mix our sugar cookie dough. But where the blade really shines is in making Royal icing.
This is one tool you'll want to have in your cookie-making kitchen.