Today is the first of back-to-back baking days, so I can get my cookies baked and sent to friends and family far and near before Christmas comes. We’ve made good progress, and I must admit that the new KitchenAid stand-up mixer is a . . . freaking godsend! With the ability to run the mixer while I’m attending to other baking tasks, as opposed to having to stand over the bowl using the hand mixer until my shoulder cramps, I feel like I have a doppelganger helping me in the kitchen. How did I ever function without it?