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I have a large oatmeal cookie recipe. For the oatmeal, choc chips, raisins and nuts they say to stir them in by hand but the recipe is so large that I can't stir them. Due to getting older I no longer have the strength in my arm to do that. Is it possible to mix them in the standing mixer without changing the texture of the cookies. Thanks.

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It is likely the hand mixing is to avoid breaking the nuts apart and smearing chips and/or raisins. Just use the mixer on a low speed, and only until mixed. You should not have a problem. I always use a mixer for cookies, regardless of add-ins. This step will have minimal impact on cookie texture, whereas, the proper creaming of butter and sugar, as well as emulsifying/whipping in eggs will.

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