Using cookie scoops are one of the best tips I have to making uniform and even cookies. Whether you want bite size, regular or huge, cookie scoops are the way to go!
Looking at my Mom’s old cookie books and even her hand written cookie recipes, they all had the same thing ‘use 2 spoons to drop an even amount of cookie dough onto the pan‘. Okay let’s be real here for a minute…the cookies were never uniform in size, you often fought with the spoons getting the dough off and you ended up eating half of the cookie dough because you got frustrated with those stupid spoons.
When I was in college we would hang out in this one local diner with friends having some late night food to soak up the copious amounts of frat party booze we drank earlier that evening. Around 2am we’d see the bakers come in all bright-eyed, while we sat there glassy-eyed and we’d watch them get to work. You could smell the dough being made, hear the mixers running and smell chocolate in the air.
Eventually we went there so often we got to know the workers and, even back then, I’d ask a million questions about what they were making. I would always get a warm peanut butter cookie would just marvel at the trays of cookies, all uniformly shaped. For the longest time I thought they were pre-made by some store and they just thawed and baked them.
However that wasn’t the case, they made everything from scratch. Now while they wouldn’t give up any of their recipes they did let me back in the kitchen to sit and observe.
As I sat on the flour-covered stool, I watched how they would take their cookie dough and literally scoop it out with an ice cream scooper. They have various sizes depending on the type of cookie they were making. Honestly, I had never given that a thought. I mean ice cream scoopers were for ice cream. But this, this was a whole new ballgame.
Since then I only use scoopers for my cookies. The only exception would be say for bar or drop cookies. They scoopers come in all sizes but for normal home baking you’ll only need a small, medium and large.
Large Scooper = 3 Tbl of cookie dough
Medium Scooper = 1 1/2 Tbl of cookie dough
Small Scooper = 2 tsp of cookie dough
Now throughout the years I’ve tested a ton of scoopers and these scoopers, in my opinion, are the ABSOLUTE best! Their quality is supreme. But they are a tad pricey. However truthfully, you’re getting quality and ones that stand the test of time. I HIGHLY recommend these ones made by Jenaluca.
VERSATILE FOR MULTIPLE USES – Use this gourmet scooper to create beautifully rounded balls of ice-cream, sorbet, fruit, meatballs, and perfectly portioned cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and more. The set includes an ice cream scooper cookie dough scoop and melon baller. The large scoop scoops ice cream, is a sorbet scoop, and is a standard size cupcake scoop. Use the ice cream scoop small size to scoop ice cream for mini ice cream cones
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Now if you find that you’re need a Jumbo scoop, they have you covered. This holds 1/2 cup of cookie dough! Imagine the size of that cookie!!!
VERSATILE FOR MULTIPLE USES – This quality kitchen gadget is the perfect size scoop to create beautifully rounded balls of ice cream or to serve as a portion scoop for mashed potatoes, quinoa, risotto, and more, or as a batter scoop for gourmet bakery style cupcakes and muffins. Holds 1/2 cup.