Jennifer Garner's last-minute Thanksgiving treat recipe uses this kitchen essential – it's on sale for Black Friday now

The actress makes Thanksgiving baking easy with this discounted kitchen appliance

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'Sometimes, over the holidays, you just want a chocolate chip cookie,' says Jennifer Garner in her most recent #PretendCookingShow Instagram video. So true, Jennifer. In the post, the actress proceeds to make the Cloud Cookies by SaraBeth's kitchen. 

Watching the 'show' we couldn't help but think three things: 1. These cloud cookies look like the PERFECT last-minute Thanksgiving treat to calm holiday nerves. 2. The cookies look SO fluffy, and it's all thanks to the sifter and scale attachment on Jennifer's KitchenAid Mixer, and finally: 3. The attachment and the mixer are on sale for Black Friday. Here's how Jennifer upgrades her Thanksgiving with some of the best Black Friday home deals.

'There's a lot of sifting involved in this recipe. You can do it this way,' she says, painstakingly hand sifting 1 and 1/3 cups brown sugar over a mixing bowl, 'or you just use this handy little attachment which will weigh and sift,' she adds, motioning to her KitchenAid mixer sift and scale attachment. 'I don't need to weigh right now, but I'm gonna sift,' she says, adding 1 and 1/3 cups superfine sugar to the cup on top of the KitchenAid stand mixer.

Sifter + Scale Attachment – Was 129.99, Now $99.99 on KitchenAid

Sifter + Scale Attachment – Was 129.99, Now $99.99 on KitchenAid

This highly functional, dual-purpose attachment allows for automatic hands-free sifting and weighing. The tool helps any home baker to achieve fluffy cakes, cookies, and breads.

'Get ready to cream our butter! Okay!,' she says, excitedly chopping 1 cup of unsalted butter. 'This is cubed and cut, it looks great,' she says and blends the butter in her tilt-head stand mixer. Jennifer then adds the sugars to the creamed butter, recommending, 'You must scrape!'

'Let's do some almonds!' She says, heading to her kitchen Island to chop 2 cups of almonds. Jennifer laments shrugging, 'I should've bought sliced almonds, but, you know.' Note, if you recreate this recipe be sure to avoid her blunder and purchase sliced almonds, instead of whole.

 Jennifer provides another reminder when she toasts the almonds on the stove because she forgot to preheat the oven. It's an important reassurance that even if everything goes wrong in the stressful period of cooking for the holidays, you can still create something that tastes pretty good.

Jennifer then added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 large eggs to the bowl of dough. 'Now,' she says, thrilled, 'I'm going to weigh!' She uses the mixer attachment to weigh out 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 2 cups of unbleached flour, and 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda. In the video, you can see the effortless way the attachment sifts the dry ingredients into Jennifer's bowl. Thank goodness it's on sale because I need five.

She adds the chocolate chips and then spoons the dough onto a lined baking sheet with a scoop and flattens them with her hands before putting them in the oven. The whole process looks to have taken under 20 minutes, and when she removes the cookies from the oven she says that they taste delicious (although they didn't come out exactly how she was hoping because she didn't use superfine sugar).

Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – Was $449.99, now 349.99 on KitchenAid

Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – Was $449.99, now 349.99 on KitchenAid

From the #1 Mixer Brand in the World, this stand mixer has the capacity for every kind of recipe and every kind of occasion. It has 10 speeds to gently knead, thoroughly mix, and whip ingredients and comes in 20 colors  – but we spotted Almond Cream in Jennifer's kitchen.

With the mixer and attachment on discount, and all of the expert advice from Jennifer Garner (so many pitfalls to avoid!) we're so excited to make these cloud-like cookies for the holidays. 

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when she is researching trends or interior history. Before joining Future, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has a MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.