It wasn't until I married into the Neilson Clan 11 years ago that I learned of this great kitchen gadget called a cookie scoop. My sister-in-law (shout out to you Kari!) gave me one along with a few other baking essentials for a bridal shower gift. Since then, I have become an avid believer in them. How did I ever make nicely even-shaped cookies before? Honestly, I think I just didn't. Since then I've acquired about four of them in various sizes. (Stanton is particular to the scoop that is equal to about 1/4 cup. It makes a meal of a cookie which is almost always still a little doughy-just the way he likes 'em)
The great thing about cookie scoops is that they are so versatile. In addition to making perfectly shaped, professional looking cookies they can also be used for melon balling, ice-cream scooping, and even, as my boys discovered this winter, for quickly making snow-balls. But, if you are a member of the Neilson posterity you learn at a very young age to use them the "proper" way- that is to scoop nicely shaped cookie dough balls directly into your mouth. As you can see here, Laura has already started her training for this acquired skill. By the time she is 5 or 6 she will have it mastered to perfection I'm sure. But for now, I think you need a smaller scoop sweetie!