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5 Things to Do with a Cookie Scoop

5 Things to Do with a Cookie Scoop

Words Marian Bull

There’s a lot of joy in eyeballing things in the kitchen: the carefree sprinkle of salt, the generous glug of vanilla extract, the freehand pour of olive oil into pan. But sometimes, portioning things out is the best way to go. Enter the cookie scoop: a single-use kitchen tool that’s actually not so single-use after all.

While it’s obviously great for shaping cookies that will bake as evenly as possible, it’s also incredibly useful when you’re making other ball-shaped things. Here’s how to make the most of your favorite little scooper.

 

Energy Balls

If you’re used to grabbing a granola bar or dried fruit bar at the convenience store on your way to work or the gym, make your own instead—they’re far cheaper, and usually healthier, too, since you can control how much sweetener you’re adding. A base of oats and nut butter will make your balls both sturdy and hearty—and using a cookie scoop will ensure they’re evenly portioned and you can keep your hands clean while you make them.

Ingredients
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
2/3 cup chopped pecans or pistachios (or your favorite nut!)
1/2 cup almond butter (or another nut butter)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
Mix all ingredients by hand until fully incorporated, then portion out into balls. Keep chilled.

 

Meatballs

Tired of getting raw meat on your hands while you’re prepping for Sunday night’s spaghetti and meatballs? Use your cookie scoop instead, and cleanup will be a breeze. Just be sure to put it through the dishwasher when you’re done, if you have one, or scrub it thoroughly with hot soapy water.

 

Truffles

This is another sweet treat that’s a lot of fun to make, but a mess if you’re hand-rolling them. Once you make your ganache, portion it out with a cookie scoop; then, if you like, you can roll your truffles in cocoa powder for that classic soft finish. Get the full recipe here.

 

Arancini

Arancini, or deep-fried cheesy rice balls, are a very fun Italian appetizer to serve at your next dinner party. To make them, you roll together balls of cooked rice, cheese, and other ingredients, then bread them and fry them. A cookie scoop is a great tool for forming even balls.

 

Silver Dollar Pancakes

Ever tried making your own tall stack of little pancakes at home? It’s surprisingly difficult, usually because it’s so hard to get smaller pancakes so evenly sized. With a cookie scoop, though, you can get just the right amount

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By Marian Bull

Marian Bull is a freelance writer for OXO, an editor, and cook living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Lucky Peach, Saveur, Bon Appétit, The New Republic, and BuzzFeed. She hates apricots.

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