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what size ice cream scoop for cookies?

somervilleoldtimer Mar 29, 2010 07:56 PM

I need to make a very large quantity of oatmeal-raisin cookies (the great ones in the Silver Palate cookbook.) I think I'm going to get a new mechanical ice-cream scoop to scoop the dough onto the pans, so the cookies will be uniform size and shape. (Not my usual modus operandi, by the way.)

Any ideas about what size scoop I should get? A "normal" scoop is too large.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: somervilleoldtimer Mar 29, 2010 09:26 PM

    depends how large you want your cookies. here are a couple of previous threads:

    i like the Oxo Good Grips cookie scoops that are actually designed for this - particularly the medium size. you can find them on Amazon or at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond, or other online supply stores if you Google.

    1. Fuller RE: somervilleoldtimer Mar 30, 2010 07:41 AM

      Not only does it depend on how large you want the cookies but it also depends on your recipe. In other words, read the recipe, see how big the "drops" should be and buy accordingly.

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        Buckethead RE: somervilleoldtimer Mar 30, 2010 10:58 AM

        The item you're looking for is usually called a 'disher', though a lot of people use them as ice cream scoops. The number on a disher is the number of scoops you'll get out of a quart of stuff. So a #16 should be half the size of a #8. I see a lot of them labeled with the real units (Tbl) too, so if you know how much dough you want per cookie you can buy by number.


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          somervilleoldtimer RE: somervilleoldtimer Apr 5, 2010 06:53 PM

          Thanks for the input and the links. I just ordered the Oxo medium scoop via Amazon.

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            quirkydeb RE: somervilleoldtimer Apr 7, 2010 09:11 AM

            I use a #60 disher, which is about a tablespoon. It makes small, but not miniscule, cookies. Once you try using a scoop, you're going to love it!!

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            1. re: quirkydeb
              louroberts RE: quirkydeb Dec 19, 2013 03:49 PM

              #60 is 2 teaspoons

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                Becca Porter RE: louroberts Dec 20, 2013 06:13 AM

                You naturally have it heaping though. It should be a tablespoon per drop.

                I have a teaspoon, tablespoon, 2 tablespoon, and about 1/3 cup. I prefer the largest size for most cookies.

                1. re: Becca Porter
                  louroberts RE: Becca Porter Dec 20, 2013 07:28 AM

                  Hi Becca,
                  My oatmeal raisin cookies are about 2 1/2 inch diameter after baking.
                  The size/quantity I posted is engraved on the inside of my OXO small cookie scoop bowl, #60 2 tsp.
                  My medium #40 is a Ricardo ice screen scoop from Sears (can't find OXO medium scoops in Toronto) shows #40 but no measurement equilavent. So I tested and it holds 2 Tablespoons of liquid/water.
                  Then I have OXO Large scoop which states #20 and 3 Tablespoons. I use this for muffins.

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