Put Your Cookie Scoop to Work!

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food,Making Over


In case you’re getting tired of all the scrapbooking/paper crafting business that’s been going on lately, I thought I’d share with you two new ways I like to use my cookie scoop.

1. As a melon baller.

No need to have two tools when one will do the job. A small cookie scoop is perfect for eating kiwi. I’ve always hated peeling the skin off. Using a small cookie scoop is so much easier, and you can just drop the little curls right into your mouth!

2. For pull apart rolls.

My rolls used to be too dry because I added too much flour so I could handle it. My favorite roll to make is a pull apart roll, and using a small cookie scoop to form the little balls requires almost no extra flour. Just dip the whole scoop into the flour every once in a while and the stickiness is manageable.

I discovered this trick last time I made pull apart rolls, and they were my best yet. I’ll post pictures next time I make them.

What kitchen (or other)  gadgets do you use in unconventional ways?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Teryn March 5, 2009 at 5:20 am

You can also use this to measure sticky stuff- like crisco or peanut butter. Just figure out how many tablespoons your scoop is equivalent to and it will really simplify your cooking.

2 Rachelle March 5, 2009 at 8:39 am

I always use my large cookie scoop to put the batter in muffin pans. It cuts down on the mess and all of my muffins are the same size.

3 Annalee March 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

I use my cookie scoop when I make cream puffs instead of piping the batter.

4 tammy b March 5, 2009 at 9:20 am

using the melon baller for pull-apart rolls is genius! thanks for the tip :)

5 Melinda Wilson March 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

One of the items I use in my craft room is a “swimming noodle” – you know those long 4 ft. floaty things that kids use (and adults – LOL) in the pool. I have it “wedged between the back of my desk and the wall. I used it originally to keep stuff from rolling off the back of the desk. It now has straight pins, needles, etc. so it is like a big pin cushion and also a way of holding up some of my cutting mats against the wall.

6 Baba March 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

Great idea for making pull apart rolls. I never thought of it. I am going to have to get a cookie scoop!

7 Jen T March 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm

My kids use my cookie scoop for ice cream :)

8 Julie B March 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Don’t know if this counts but my babies’ most favorite teether was a wooden spoon. I spent plenty buying the latest in teething toys and all they wanted was the wooden spoon. They certainly didnt get that habit from me though as I have this weird phobia of putting anyt type of wooden spoon in my mouth, even the tiny wooden spoons they give you to sample ice cream with. My husband always laughs at me because I tell him it makes my teeth “itch” lol

9 Debbie Fisher March 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I love my cookie scoops. Someone already mentioned this, but I use my big one every time I make muffins. It puts the right amount into the muffin tin and the muffins come out perfect every time.

I also use mine to scoop ice cream (kids love all the little balls and they think they are getting more ice cream Ü) and meatballs as well as the ways you already mentioned.

10 Jingle March 9, 2009 at 7:48 am

These are great ideas! I love any tool that has multiple uses! I used my grapefruit spoon to gut the seeds from a squash the other day! It worked great!

11 kimberly h March 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

a cookie scoop is perfect for parties when serving watermelon.It cuts down on waste and makes the presentation so pretty.You could empty out the melon then put the balls from the cookie scoop back in.

12 Sue D March 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

That is a great tip to use it for pull apart rolls–I will have to try that. Before I had a lot of crafting supplies I used my pampered chef scraper as a bone folder.

13 Carolyn S March 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

This may not count, but I use a Pampered Chef can opener for all my cans.
Then wash out and save and I can later repurpose them for other crafty things.
Note, if you have a pop top can, open the bottom with the Pampered Chef can opener, or other safety type can opener, then you can decorate it, fill it
with goodies and glue the bottom back on with a good glue like Crystal Effects, and give it as a gift. Kids especially get a kick out of this great repurposing idea.

With the safety edges you can decorate other cans and make pencil holders, etc for organization.

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14 Suz Gray March 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I have a whisk with a super long handle (for soup kitchen style cooking) that I got at a yard sale. It was clean but I didn’t want to use it for food… so I use it just for stirring paint. Works much better than those sticks

15 Kimberly R March 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

My uncoventional use of a plastic glass is quite lame – I use it for a rolling pin and also to cut out biscuits. lol Guess I should invest in a rolling pin one of these days.

16 Cristina March 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

I love my pizza cutter! I use it to cut my son’s sandwiches, pancakes, anything really. I also use it to cut my homemade egg noodles! It’s a serious time saver! Definitely for more then pizza!

Also, I have an oil spritzer from the Pampered chef that I put melted butter in for spraying on popcorn, that way you get a more even coat.

17 Danielle E. March 11, 2009 at 4:28 am

Great idea for using it for the pull apart rolls. I will have to try this. I don’t reallt do anything unusual. We use cookie cutters to make sandwich shapes which makes lunch time easier and fun.

18 Cindy B. in Montana March 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

I use my long kitchen tongs to reach things on the upper shelf! I’m short and this is much easier than pulling out the step stool!

19 Amber L. March 20, 2009 at 8:22 am

I use mine when I make truffles.

20 Joy Renee March 31, 2009 at 5:49 am

very cool idea to use the cookie dough scoop for pull apart rolls. and the idea in comments to scoop ice cream with it is very clever as well.

two things pop to mind when i think of something i use unconventionally:

–the gardening kneepads i’ve been wearing as shin guards while loading the dishwasher ever since I banged my shins on the lowered dishwasher door. i’ve blogged about that in the last month i think.

–and key fobs, no two alike which i collect. i use them for zipper pulls on coats, attaches, purses, duffles etc. I have one holding five thumb drives for backing up my files. and this is the one you’ll like…i use them for little portable sewing kits especially for my fine needlework projects. each one holds items pertaining to the project it travels with such as a mini pin cushion, needle threader, small scissors.

hmmm. this gives me an idea for a post. i’ll have to take some pics of a few of my keyless key fobs and post them.

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