First up, you guys, let me just say how overwhelmed I was at your response to my last Let’s Talk post. I’ve come back to it (your comments, really) so many times over the last few weeks and I want you to know how much each and every one of your comments meant to me. It’s hard to explain really. Thank you, thank you.

Let's Talk: All About Cookie Scoops

Now. Shifting gears. Let’s talk about cookie scoops.

If you ever get me alone, chances are I’ll probably crack a couple awkward, dumb jokes and then start waxing poetic about either my Bosch mixer, the wheat grinder I adore or…my cookie scoops. Because I can’t live without them. I could probably make a pretty good case about why cookie scoops are 100% essential to your daily happiness. I know for sure they are 100% responsible for the excessive cookie baking done around here.

I decided to get out all three of my beloved cookie scoops and do some testing (or in other words make about 83 pounds of cookie dough) to figure out exciting details like how much cookie dough fits in each scoop and how big the baked cookies are, among other things.

Baking nerds unite.

Let's Talk: All About Cookie Scoops

I’ve had the cookie scoops pictured in this post for years. Probably over five years. I highly, highly recommend them because not once have they failed me and let me tell you, I’ve made a lot of cookies in my day (I’ve heard other cookie scoops end up rusting or the springs pop or come loose). I put these babies straight in the dishwasher; they are sturdy and functional and really quite perfect as far as cookie scoops go. I bought them years ago on Amazon but I suspect they are available in kitchen supply stores or even possibly at Target or Walmart although I haven’t looked specifically.

I have the following sizes:
Small #60 Cookie Scoop
Medium #40 Cookie Scoop
Large #20 Cookie Scoop

As you can see from the picture below, the small scoop fits about 2 teaspoons of dough, the medium about 1 1/2 tablespoons and the large a whopping 3 tablespoons of dough. We’ll talk in a second about how that translates into baked cookies.

Let's Talk: All About Cookie Scoops

By and far, I use the medium size most of the time for cookies. Like, 96.3% of the time (but man, get a load of all the different uses a little farther down wherein the small and large sizes really shine). And since I love you and feel like I can confess these types of things to you (remember this Let’s Talk series is casual and soul-defining), I actually have two of the medium scoops. And am contemplating a third. You never know when three varieties of cookies may be happening in your kitchen at the same time.

So, how does the size of the scoop translate into actual, baked cookies? Well, take a look. That small cookie scoop is less than an ounce of dough and the baked cookie is about 2-inches in diameter. The medium cookie scoop is 1.25 ounces of dough and yields a 3-inch cookie. And that behemoth cookie scoop and it’s 2.25 ounces of dough is going to give you a very hearty 4-inch cookie. Hubba hubba.

Let's Talk: All About Cookie Scoops

Of course, these exact details are dependent on the recipe – some cookies are more puffy and others spread out more which would obviously affect the overall size. For your average chocolate chip cookie recipe (you know, the ones that call for one cup butter to start), you’ll probably get right around 3 dozen cookies with that medium cookie scoop. (For the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe on my site, I get slightly less since the recipe starts with 10 tablespoons butter, not 16 like a lot of recipes.)

Let's Talk: All About Cookie Scoops

I often use the small cookie scoop when I want adorable, tiny cookies to garnish bowls of ice cream or cupcakes or something super cutesy like that. And the large cookie scoop is the perfect size for bake sales and when you just want a large and in charge cookie. Which happens more often than one would think.

But…guess what? Cookie scoops aren’t just for cookies. In fact, some of the other handy dandy uses kind of blew my mind when I clued in to the multi-purpose tool thing. Which, totally justifies me owning more cookie scoops than I have children, right? Right.

Other ways to use cookie scoops

Portioning out no-bake cookies (oh my, I have a version coming soon that will knock your socks off)
Scooping out cupcake or muffin batter into pans (mess-free and amazing)
For mini cream puff dough (just figured this one out; brilliant with that small scoop)
Pancake and waffle batter (the large scoop is perfect)
Meatballs, baby (mini meatballs or regular – works like a dream)
Deviled egg filling (I know, right? The small scoop will revolutionize your deviled egg ways)
Scooping out the pesky innards of the cantaloupe (and the seeds of a giant zucchini)
Portioning sloppy joe filling onto buns (scoop and done)
Making cute little mounds of guacamole and sour cream for taco night (because cute matters)

Anyway, I know cookie scoops aren’t going to change the world or anything but I love ’em and thought it was about time I told you why. As always, share your thoughts about cookie scoops in the comments below. And, stay tuned because Monday, I’m sharing a chocolate chip cookie recipe that just might change the world actually.

Later, skaters.

*This is not a sponsored post, I just love cookie scoops more than life. There are a few Amazon affiliate links in the post since I purchased my cookie scoops from there but as always feel free to shop around!*

88 Responses to Let’s Talk: All About Cookie Scoops + Lots of Other Uses!

  1. Paul says:

    I broke two of the OXO scoops and a third of a different brand. All broke the same: the little gear at the bottom came out of alignment and the metal piece holding it in place became bent. I have used pliers to fix it multiple times until I just got fed up with them and tossed them. Junk.

    Any scoops you’d suggest without moving parts?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Paul, I’m not sure about scoops without moving parts. I’ve had the OXO cookie scoops for several years and they are still going strong, so I haven’t tested out any other brands. Sorry about that!

  2. Anne says:

    Our church is using the medium scoop for putting sour cream into a 2 oz. cup for baked potatoes meals. We have a problem of the sour cream sticking to the scoop. (yes it does have a scraper) after a few uses. Any suggestions on how to avoid the sticking?

    • Mel says:

      Hmmm, that’s odd…I use my scoop for sour cream, too, when I serve large lunches, but don’t remember having that problem. Can you try spraying it with nonstick cooking spray at the beginning?

  3. Karen says:

    Hello! I too am ashamed to say I don’t own a cookie scoop but I will by end of week! One question, do you flatten out your cookies once on the cookie sheet or do they bake from the round shape – tight out if the scoop?? Thanks for such great ideas….my first post ever!!

  4. Jen W. says:

    This cookie scoop blog “Just won’t die” – and I think that is awesome! Because, it is the little things in life!

    PS You forgot … they are the perfect scoop for crab cakes…

  5. Rosa says:

    Ok, so I’m a little late to the conversation…I bought a #60 cookie scoop a few months ago, thinking the next time I make cookies, I’d like for them all to be the same size. As it turns out, I first used it to make my favorite swedish ball recipe. WHOA!! What a difference! A whole world of difference! I made a ton of meatballs, just the right size. The recipe is a little involved as it is, but the scoop just made it super easy!! HAPPY DAY!! I know, I know, I sound a little excited, but the scoop DID make a difference. Now I need to buy the other 2 sizes. Question: when you compare sizes, and the amount that the scoops hold, is that a heaping or level scoopful? I tend to scoop, then scrape the scoop against the bowl to make it level. Thank you for all of the info!! 🙂

  6. Diana says:

    Do you use any spray so the dough doesn’t stick?

  7. Jane says:


    I just have one but I cannot tell from your lovely post if mine is small or med.

    Mine is 4cm across. Amazon seems to say this is a medium one.

    But the cookies made are just a little big for my new craze of packaging my cookies into decorated Pringles cans so I am hoping there is a cookie scoop that is smaller than 4cm across.

    How wide is your small #60 please?


  8. Julie says:

    I have used so many cookie scoops over the years. They always end up breaking. So sick of cheap ones and ones that say they are strong and will last and then break after a few uses. Please help me….. I hate using spoons. Are pampered chef’s scoops really that good?

  9. Brenda Healey says:

    I need you to post the different size cookie scoop and the size of finished bake cookies!

  10. Brenda Healey says:

    Please post on FB the different sizes of scooped and finished bake cookie! Me and a lot of folks would love that! Thank you, Brenda Healey in Tillat,AR.

  11. I totally use my cookie scoop for cake batter when making cupcakes! Also love using it to frosting cupcakes. Hello easiest frost job ever!

  12. Anne says:

    In addition to the three sizes you have, I recently added a 4T scoop, and it gets used almost exclusively for measuring shortening and peanut butter. They’re also very useful for (gasp!) ice cream. Every so often I’ll use the small one and make a snowman dessert, or Mickey Mouse…. A few pretzels/raisins/chocolate chips /etc and my kids think I’m awesome.

  13. Deb K says:

    Ok, you’ve convinced me I need to buy cookie scoops. I can’t believe I don’t have any! Thanks!

  14. Britt-Marie says:

    I was just telling a friend of mine how much I love my cookies scoops. I have the same ones minus the small one (but it’s on my wish list!). They make me so happy cause they make things so much easier (and cutier! 😉 Thanks for your ideas for other uses, I’m excited to try them for deviled eggs and sour cream/guac! Fabulous ideas!
    One thing you didn’t mention that I have used my medium one for is scooping ice cream in kiddie cones. Very cute.

  15. Natalie says:

    You are just so fun! Love this site and all your personality! Can’t wait for you no bake cookies! 🙂

  16. jen says:

    I’m totally using the sour cream scoop idea! My kids will love it, and I love when cute is easy!

  17. Darlene says:

    Can’t make cookies without a scoop! I first got mine over 10 years ago & I’ve been hooked ever since. I use the smallest scoop for when I want to make what my teenagers like to call ‘potato chip cookies’ – meaning the cookies are so small, they eat them in handfuls, like potato chips! Love all your posts Mel – you are my favorite blogger!

  18. Emily says:

    I just bought a medium cookie scoop on a whim at the Le Creuset outlet about a month ago, and I don’t know how I ever baked cookies without! Holy smokes! In love.

  19. Jen T says:

    I have had the Pampered Chef cookie scoops in these 3 sizes for about 12 years and could not live without them! Watermelon or other melon balls are easy to do with the small scoop too–just another thing we use them for. And my kids have used them to scoop out ice cream often also. They have held up very, very well and I love them. Thanks for your Let’s Talk series Mel. You are the best!

  20. Abby says:

    I love my medium OXO brand scoop! I asked for the small scoop for Christmas, and my well-meaning mother got me a different brand. I thought I’d try it, but the little thumb button is so annoying to use and it doesn’t release all the dough. I like the OXO scoop’s squeezy handle so much better and it releases the dough cleanly and quickly.

  21. Alaena says:

    I love my cookies scoops and use them for pretty much the same things you do. I actually wish there was an extra large cookie scoop, I would love playing with one that big.

  22. cheri says:

    I love that you are talking about cookie scoops. I have a small and medium and use them quite often.

  23. Leslie says:

    I love your “Let’s Talk” posts . . . and I love your blog. Yours are the only recipes I trust to use on guests without a trial run. And I use my Pampered Chef scoops all the time — have the small and medium ones. The little one is especially good for your Quinoa Bites recipe — which is a family favorite.

  24. Mary Karlee Mullen says:

    Do you scoop and drop directly on pan or give them a little roll in your hand to smooth the dough? I seem to get a wierd texture if I don’t roll them out too.

    • Mel says:

      Most of the time I just scoop them right on to the pan but sometimes after I drop them on the pan, I give them a little roll in my hands to smooth them out.

  25. Katelyn says:

    I love using my little scoop to make mini cookie sandwiches out of your chocolate sugar cookies (with a yummy caramel frosting on the inside of course). I’ve done it so many times for different events that I finally bogged about it…

  26. Liz says:

    I just ordered a medium scoop…I don’t make cookies often, but I do make meatballs often..still…but, when I saw it was an OXO – case closed!! I’ve never purchased an OXO anything that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with and top that with a Mel recommendation = WIN-WIN!

  27. Diane says:

    I LOVE using my large scoop for muffins (it never seems to work for cupcakes-the batter usually ends up spreading over the sides of the holes and I get a weird looking cupcake). I also love the medium one for meatballs. Amazing!

  28. Bonnie N says:

    Another great use is for measuring/scooping coconut oil! Life changing! Can’t live without my cookie scoops! Orson Gigi in Salt Lake City, Utah has a huge supply of sizes! (If you’re in that area and just can’t wait the two days for Prime shipping!)

  29. Nicole says:

    Question about your preferred cookie scoop brand…does the little scraper go ALL the way around when you drop the dough out of the scoop? I don’t know if that made sense, but I have two cookie scoops that I like to use, BUT I’m left-handed and it never really scoops everything out unless I’m holding it with my right hand because it really only scrapes part of the scoop. Derp. So awkward with my right hand!

  30. Emily says:

    I’ve been using my large cookie scoop for watermelon this summer. I just cut my watermelon in half and scoop it out like ice cream. It has saves me TONS of time.

  31. Kristin says:

    I guess I need me a cookie scoop! I do make a lot of cookies after all!

  32. Stacey says:

    This is a great post! I love my cookie scoops, they make things so much easier! Thanks for sharing some other great ways to use them =)

  33. Anna says:

    The small scoop is perfect for mini muffin tins, so brownie bites are super easy.

  34. Monica says:

    I’m definitely interested in this topic! I use my scoops all the time for cookies and muffin/cupcake batter, and ice cream of course! : ) I am forever trying to remember what my capacity is because I have odd sizes like 16 and 50 and I can never remember the “rule”. I think I need your middle size badly. Time to shop. ; )

    • Mel says:

      Thanks for reminding me Monica (and Bill, too) – the numbers actually correlate to the number of scoops per quart. So a size #20 scoop means you’ll get 20 scoops per quart.

  35. Kelli says:

    I love your Let’s Talk posts! I own 4 scoops in different sizes and use them every day. I always use them for cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and meatballs!

  36. Karaline says:

    I love my two medium cookie scoops (a size 40 and a size 50). Now I want to buy small and large scoops too!

  37. Sara says:

    Hi Mel! Great post! My oldest son does not like cake, so for his birthday he always requests ice cream sundaes. For his party, I pre-scooped vanilla ice cream into half-pint mason jars, screwed on the lids and put them back in the freezer. Then during the party, off come the lids and the kids add their toppings and dig in. The medium scoop is perfect to scooping ice cream into the mason jars. 3 perfect scoops take up just enough space to make room for toppings and look so cute too! Can’t wait to hear about the new cookie recipe. Making oatmeal butterscotch bars for a party tonight!

  38. Leah says:

    I made your peanut blossom cookies last night. I used my small scoop (I too always go medium for cookies). It made about a bazillion cookies. I had bags and bags of kisses to use up (I used the wrappers for Mother’s Day picture frames for my kindergarten class). The small was the perfect size for those cookies! I use the King Arthur’s Flour scoops and they work beautifully. Thanks for doing your due cookie diligence.

  39. Meredith says:

    I have a non-scoop but cookie related question: how does bake vs. convection bake alter the outcome of cookies? Does the temp or time have to be adjusted?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Meredith – each oven is different (even on bake vs. convection) but generally speaking if I set my oven to convect bake for cookies, I decrease the temp by 25 degrees and also take a minute off the baking time.

  40. Michelle says:

    I have the small, medium, and large Pampered Chef cookie scoops… and wouldn’t want to part with any of them! 🙂

  41. Becky says:

    I use your Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe constantly! It’s my go to and absolute favorite! My question though, is how do you get your cookies perfectly round?? I use a medium cookie scoop and bake them on parchment paper. Any tips for uniformly round cookies? Thanks for the wonderful recipes!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Becky – usually after I scoop the dough (when it’s still in the scoop), I’ll give the edges of the cookie scoop a swipe with my finger or run it along the edge of the bowl so there isn’t any overhang of cookie dough when it pops out. Also, if the batter is fairly firm and I feel like it, I’ll roll the scooped cookies into smoother balls before baking but I don’t do that 100% of the time.

  42. Laurie says:

    I only have one size — medium, I believe — but I’ve used it for meatballs and truffles in addition to cookies. I love this series; thanks for the info!

  43. Kelsey says:

    We love cookie scoops as well! My kids love making mashed potato snowmen with all three sizes. I love the pancake batter idea!

  44. Kristin says:

    I love cookie scoops too! I’ve had a smallish one for years and use it for all the things you listed (though I never thought of the sour cream and guac!). I use the big one for muffins and cupcakes, perfect size so everything comes out evenly…pet peeve of mine to have uneven cupcakes or muffins!

  45. Kat says:

    I only have a small one, but I love it. I want a medium one, but for now I just do two small scoops and its almost as quick and easy. I mostly use mine for cookies, meatballs, and muffin batter. Occasionally I’ll find other ramdom uses for it. This is such a fun series. Love it!

  46. Laurel says:

    Wow! I think I need to go buy bigger scoops. Those giant cookies look amazing!! p.s. So excited for the no bake recipe to come. Those are a blast back to my childhood. Love them!!

  47. Jenny says:

    I use my small scoop when making cake balls! Its the perfect size and cuts down on the mess when doing it by hand. Just another awesome use!

  48. Tami says:

    My cookie scoop’s scraper does not clean out the scoop completely. Do you know if that’s typical? Sometimes I’m reluctant to reach for mine because I feel there’s so much left behind when I drop the dough onto a pan. I usually scrape out the left-behind dough with my finger then glop it on top of the neat little dough ball, but that seems really dumb when I’ve used the scoop to save time and effort in the first place. Should I stop worrying about it? Do your cookie scoops release cleanly? Help!

    • Mel says:

      I think that’s probably typical especially for sticky batters. Mine has a very thin film left on the cookie scoop but not enough to really worry about or really even scrape out.

      • Mary says:

        My cookie scoops won’t even dropthe cookie ball out of the scoop. What am I doing wrong?

        • Mel says:

          What kind of cookie scoops do you have? Does it have a little swiper blade that releases the dough? If not, you’ll probably need to kind of spoon or dig it out.

  49. Michele says:

    I got a set of cookie scoops from King Arthur a few years ago. Afterwards I wondered, “Where have these been all my baking life?” I absolutely love them. And they are great for making muffins and cupcakes too! Less muss and fuss for the cookies and speeds up the process of filling those baking sheets. And yes I have four baking sheets so I can get all the cookie prep done pronto and do other things while they bake. Seriously worth having high quality ones around. Cheaper ones don’t last and are hand fatiguing I have heard.

  50. Polly says:

    I have the same three cookie scoops. My medium is over 20 years old and I know I have made thousands of cookies with it. I use the small one to make cookies for my ice cream sandwiches and the medium one for the perfect size scoop of ice cream!

  51. Tiffany says:

    Perfect timing. I broke yet another scoop. I will have to try these and hope they last longer then my previous ones! Thanks for the info…love that you think of these things, I really enjoy them!

  52. MelanieL says:

    Oh yes, love me a scoop for all kinds of things:) Awesome cookie demonstration…I need to wow the kids and hubby real soon by making the BIG cookies!

  53. Jill says:

    Cookies are my favorite thing to make in the kitchen, and I’ve never owned a cookie scoop. Sounds like it’s time to save my pennies!

  54. Kim in MD says:

    I love, love, love your Let’s Talk series and my cookie scoops! Like you, I have several sizes, and use them for so many things. Cookies, muffins, meatballs, perfect scoops of ice cream, etc. I’ve even used the largest size for a fancy presentation of mashed potatoes or rice on extra special meals. I’m not a gadget girl, but these are a “must have” kitchen tool for me. Thank you for this post, Mel!

  55. Ashlee T says:

    I am ashamed to admit I do not own a cookie scoop:( but hope to as soon as possible! We eat meatballs a lot and they would work great for that. What great ideas Mel! Ps I made your 7 layer cookies and they were sooooo good- to say the least. Wasn’t sure if my hubby would like them. Before I know it, he came home with an empty ziplock bag that only had 7 layer cookie crumbs in it 🙂 delicious! Love them! Thanks! What brand are your scoops? I shall buy some

  56. Tracy P says:

    I need cookie scoops 🙂

  57. Monique says:

    Thanks ..very informative and Pinned!

  58. lauren rice says:

    I’ve never been much on exact size scooping, but this has inspired me to give it a whirl…I have nothing to lose & great presentation to gain!

  59. Anna says:

    I have one of these but to me it’s an ice cream scoop, and that’s about it. I will have to try and use it a bit more.

  60. Keri says:

    I’m all for making meatballs with my scoop. I love to use the small scoop to make easy tarts. Using a mini-muffin pan, I scoop the dough into the pan and then use the lid of a water bottle to shape the tart. It is the easiest way to make little tarts–don’t forget to flour the lid. In your cookie recipes, is the baking time listed based off using the medium scoop?

  61. Stephanie W says:

    I love my cookie scoop too! I use mine for your granola bites and meatballs and it makes life so much easier. You’ve almost convinced me to get another one 😉

  62. Jan says:

    And have you seen those cupcakes with a scoop of frosting on top? Cute and easy peasy!!!!

  63. Teresa R. says:

    I have a medium sized cookie scoop that I’ve only used for cookies and melon balls. When my kids were little they used it with their play dough.

  64. Barb says:

    Mostly mine are used for cookies and meatballs. Last month I made dozens of meatballs for my daughter’s graduation party, and the scoop made the work a breeze. I have always kept my cookie scoop obsession a secret, so nice to know I’m not alone. At holiday time, I get a real (sick?) pleasure out of seeing trays of uniformly shaped cookies all line up.
    I hadn’t thought of the deviled egg thing. Will have to try it. Thanks for all the ideas.

  65. Desiree says:

    I’m ashamed to admit I don’t have even one cookie scoop. My mom taught me to use two teaspoons to measure out cookies and I’ve always done that. You may have convinced me to ask for a cookie scoop for my birthday 🙂 Have a great weekend, Mel!!

  66. Anna says:

    Oooh perfect timing, my handed down million years old cookie scoop has rusted out. I will be purchasing the same ones now, also love your chatty posts 🙂

  67. Donna says:

    Cookie scoops are the best. I don’t think I could do cookies without them anymore! I do think I probably need some back up scoops though!

  68. Catherine says:

    I love my cookie scoop, but I only have one… hmmm… I think some shopping is in order! 🙂

  69. Sheila says:

    My one cookie scoop is greatly neglected and only makes an appearance maybe once every couple years. I was not a cookie person until you introduced the 7 layer cookie. I never thought about using it for meatballs, cupcakes, pancakes, etc. Thanks for these ideas.

  70. Tami R says:

    I love my cookie scoops! I make cake pops and the small cookie scoop is the perfect tool to get uniform cake pops every time.

  71. Cyndi B says:

    I love my medium sized cookie scoop so much too! I never thought of using a cookie scoop for deviled eggs. I have to make them for a weekend cookout. That is a brilliant idea! I love your “let’s talk” blogs. I really do feel like we are great friends!

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