This handy appliance bakes cookies, roasts vegetables, and fries shrimp. (And makes toast too.) 

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A toaster oven might not seem like a must-have kitchen appliance until you actually get one— and realize you’ve stopped using your regular oven. Unlike the older models of the past, today’s toaster ovens are bigger, sleeker, and can do way more than you would expect. And in the South, a toaster oven can be a major help in the summertime, when the mere idea of turning on your oven makes you break out into a sweat.

If you’re in the market for a toaster oven (or want to give someone else the gift of a cooler kitchen), Cuisinart’s Convection Toaster Oven/Air Fryer is a great pick. The interior can fit a 12-inch pizza, six slices of bread, or a four-pound chicken, and it has a built-in air fryer, so you can also make crunchy (but not greasy) fried shrimp, chicken fingers, and other foods with little or no oil.

This roomy oven also makes baking a breeze. Many baked goods, particularly cakes and bar cookies that can be made in a square pan, can be baked in a toaster oven. If you’re not convinced, try these incredibly easy and delicious mini blackberry cobblers.

WATCH: Easy Blackberry Cobbler

 

TOASTER OVEN BLACKBERRY COBBLERS

Preheat toaster oven to 375°F. Toss 3 cups fresh blackberries with 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice in a medium bowl. Divide berries evenly among 6 lightly greased (8-oz.) ramekins. Stir together 1 large egg, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 1 cup all-purpose flour in a medium bowl. Add 6 Tbsp. melted butter; stir until just combined. Divide flour mixture evenly over fruit; gently press to cover the berries. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. (You may need to bake them in batches, depending on the oven size.) Bake in preheated oven 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.