The word knead comes from an Indo-European root meaning “to compress into a ball”; related words are gnocchi, quenelle, knoll, and knuckle. - On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
The word "knead" is a misnomer, however, as the action of folding and pushing biscuit dough is a far more delicate technique: Pull the dough over itself from the far side, making a double layer, and then, with the palm of your hand, push the dough forward with only the lightest pressure, to smear some of the small butter pieces in the dough. - Buttermilk Biscuits | Vélez Delights
Working on a cool, smooth surface, "knead" it a bit with a spatula until it has the thickness and texture of fudge. - Sweet treats from Mexico: Los dulces
Neri Ame, lit. "liquid candy" that you apply to the included chopsticks then "knead" it until it turns solid. - Anime Nano!
Although, if you feel the "knead" for a work out, you could certainly prepare the dough by hand. - Culinary in the Desert