A stand mixer is one of the most coveted kitchen appliances out there, a perennial favorite for gift-giving at weddings and milestone birthdays. If you have one, you probably love it – we definitely love ours! – but tell us— how often do you use it? If we’re all honest with ourselves, we probably don’t break it out as often as we could. Why is that? Could it be . . . lack of inspiration? Well, let’s fix that! Bon Appétit recently put together a list of recipes that require a stand mixer – or are simply BETTER when you get the stand mixer involved – and it inspired us to pick out some we’ve always wanted to try. The results were delicious, and sometimes even surprising. Read on for our TWENTY favorites.

  1. Giant Oatmeal Pie

    Supersize the sandwich cookie classic without supersizing the effort required! You can use the stand mixer to make both the cookie dough and the creamy filling.

  2. Zucchini Oat Dark Chocolate Cookies
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    Sneak some veggies into your cookies! Using your mixer lets you whip up these healthier cookies whenever the craving strikes.

  3. Colorful Cinnamon Rolls
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    Whether you make these sweet cinnamon rolls pink for Valentine’s Day or adapt them for another holiday, kneading the dough for them is easier when you use your mixer’s dough hook.

  4. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
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    The cheesecake filling for these delightful stuffed strawberries comes together in two minutes flat, thanks to the stand mixer.

  5. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

    The key to this crowd-pleaser is the slow addition of ingredients while you mix, and the stand mixer makes that process possible and easy.

  6. Eggnog

    Your stand mixer can help you make much more than baked goods! This homemade eggnog is so much better than anything from the store. Whip it up with your mixer and the wire whip!

  7. Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble

    This banana quick bread comes together even faster with this awesome appliance.

  8. Creamy Oreo Dip
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    Yes, a SWEET dip! The creamy and dreamy dessert whips up in mere minutes.

  9. Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites
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    You know your mixer is the easiest, fastest way to make cookies. Now up your game and combine the dough with pretzels for a party-ready treat.

  10. Hydrangea Meringue Cookies
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    The bowl of the typical stand mixer can usually withstand heat, so it can stand in for a double-boiler over a pot of water, like in this recipe for meringue cookies.

  11. S’mores-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Use the time and effort you’re saving to make truly epic cookies, like these impossibly gooey ones with s’mores baked inside them.

  12. Hot Cocoa Cookies
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    Another great option? These treats that put everything you love about hot chocolate into cookie form.

  13. No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bites

    Between these balls of delight being no-bake and stand-mixer-ready, it doesn’t get easier— or tastier!

  14. Strawberry Sufganiyot
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    These fluffy, deep-fried doughnuts are a traditional Hanukkah treat, but when they’re this delicious and easy, why not enjoy them all year long?

  15. Pasta
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    Oh yes! Homemade pasta – a.k.a., the best pasta you’ll ever have – is totally possible. You need the pasta attachment, but it’s TOTALLY worth it.

  16. Four Layer Chocolate Birthday Cake With Milk Chocolate Ganache and Nutella Buttercream
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    When you use your stand mixer to make this birthday-cake-to-end-all-birthday-cakes, you can actually spend time enjoying it and the celebrations, instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

  17. Spicy Italian Sausage
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    Yup, not only can you make sausage at home, you can use a mixer to make it! Pick up a sausage grinding attachment and try this pork sausage flavored with peppers, paprika, garlic and more.

  18. Pistachio and Dried Cherry Biscotti
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    Biscotti dough can be difficult to work with if you’re mixing by hand, but a stand mixer will make it easy and save you time that can be better spent enjoying this snack-like-no-other.

  19. Sweet Pretzels
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    When you have a stand mixer, you don’t need to run to a mall or a street kiosk when you get a pretzel craving. This recipe uses sweet dough and a pearl sugar for a sweet take on the classic snack, but you can use your mixer to make the savory, salty version, too!

  20. Pavlovas with Fresh Berries
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    This soft, light and fluffy meringue dessert is so sweet and impressive, and with your stand mixer, so EASY.

Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to try the pretzels and the pasta; I’m so excited to try making them at home for the first time! Which one will you try first? Grab even MORE recipes from Bon Appétit’s list and tell us about your adventures in stand mixer use!