The Best Cookie Scoops

What is the best cookie scoop? This list covers the best cookie scoops available in various sizes, along with ideas for other ways to use your scoops.

What is the best cookie scoop? This list covers the best cookie scoops available in various sizes, along with ideas for other ways to use your scoops.

I’ve been working on a project. It’s been hard work you guys, but I feel like it’s really worth it. I’m sure the 362 batches of cookies I made and suffered through were worth it. Told you it’s been rough.

Have you ever had a cookie scoop fall apart on you? You’re in the middle of a batch of cookies, the gears get offset, and the little scoop slide flails about uselessly. And it’s not as if you’re abusing it–I mean, the thing is made for scooping cookie dough!

I bought so many scoops to test out after asking my ‘Gram Fam (<–ew, sorry) for their advice. Did they ever delivered! I also threw in the best rated scoop on Amazon, because those reviewers can be pretty dedicated and thorough. And once you’re four scoops in, really what’s one more? In fact, my husband is a little bit traumatized by the sheer number of cookie scoops that arrived on our doorstep. In my defense, research is worth it. And he’s a minimalist, so that’s expected right? But he has enjoyed the cookies, so I’m making it up to him.

What is the best cookie scoop? This list covers the best cookie scoops available in various sizes, along with ideas for other ways to use your scoops.

What are the Best Cookie Scoops?

Oneida Trigger Ice Cream Scoop: Holds 1/4 cup or about 2 oz. of dough (large).

Sure, it’s called an ice cream scoop, but it does the cookie job really well. It also passed the 5 year old test–my son said it was the easiest to use. Which means that if you suffer from joint pain or have small hands, this one is a great option! This one will give you a large, sizeable cookie–think 4-6 inches across, depending on your dough consistency and spread. They also make a small version if you prefer daintier cookies.

Vollrath Stainless Steel Scoop: Holds 1/4 cup or about 2 oz. of dough (large).

This one is a good scoop also, but it feels less sturdy, and the gears seem a bit flimsier and stiffer than the Oneida. I actually purchased this one in this set of three, and while they aren’t my favorite in the bunch it’s definitely a great value!

OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop: Holds 1 1/2 Tbsp. dough, and the cookies will be between 2-3.5 inches across, depending on dough consistency and spread.

This one was my favorite of the smaller scoops. Your whole hand squeezes the handle rather just having a lever to press with your thumb. The handles are also cushioned which may be helpful if you have arthritis or a hand injury.

Pampered Chef Medium Cookie Scoop: Holds 2 Tbsp. dough, and the cookies will be between 2-3.5 inches across, depending on dough consistency and spread.

I liked this one too, a lot. It was just more expensive than the others without being exponentially better, so for that reason I would recommend the OXO or Jenaluca.

Jenaluca Cookie Scoop: Holds 1 1/2 Tbsp. dough, and the cookies will be between 2-3.5 inches across, depending on dough consistency and spread.

This one is faaannncy. I mean, it comes in a blue velvet bag inside a gift box, which makes it a great option for weddings, showers, etc. And it’s a quality scoop for sure! I would put it right up there with the OXO, minus the cushioned grips.

A list of the best cookie scoops available in various sizes, along with ideas for other things to use your scoops for.

What is the Best Size for a Cookie Scoop?

The answer is… it depends on what kind of cookie you’re making. SO helpful, right? But hear me out.

For traditional chocolate chip cookies, or these Browned Butter Toffee Cookies, larger cookies are better (I use the large Oneida scoop for that kind). But something like gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, or these White Chocolate Peppermint Chippers, a smaller cookie is better. So for that, I recommend the OXO good grips.

Using a cookie scoop helps you bake evenly sized and shaped cookies that bake up beautifully.

What Else Can I Use Cookie Scoops For?

Technically, they’re called portion scoops, which means you can use them to evenly scoop just about anything!

  • Ice Cream. In fact, some (like the Oneida) are specifically made for ice cream scoops, but they can definitely be used for anything you want.
  • Muffins or cupcakes will bake more evenly and all come out the same size if you’re using a portioning scoop.
  • If you’re pre-plating to feed a crowd, something like chicken salad can be scooped up quickly, cleanly, and in equal portion sizes.
  • A small scoop can make even meatballs in very short order.
  • Donut Holes! While traditionally shaped donuts require rolling and cutting, if you’re making donut holes (like these!) a scoop can speed up the whole process.

Some of my Favorite Cookie Recipes:

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