The KitchenAid Classic K45SS handled Consumer Reports’ tests for cookie-dough with ease.
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What does it take for a store-bought chocolate chip cookie to win high marks from Consumer Reports-trained sensory panelists?

A top rated cookie is well-blended, flavorful and has a good chip-to-cookie ratio. CR recently unveiled two “Very Good” chocolate chip cookies: Health Valley’s Mini and Keebler Chips Deluxe Original.

The Hamilton Beach Electrics 6322 ($180), also a CR Best Buy, was “Very Good” but not quite as adept at kneading bread as the KitchenAid. It has a 4-1/2-quart bowl, as does the Classic. Buy an extra bowl, for around $50, if you make two-step recipes, so you won’t have to stop between steps.

Other standouts — especially for consumers who want to add a dash of color to their kitchens — include the KitchenAid KSM450 ($270), which is available in black and red, and the KitchenAid Artisan KSM15OPS ($300), which comes in more than 30 colors.