Let’s Make Our Cookies Bigger

July 31, 2007 | By | COMMENTS


People of the world, aren’t you tired of tiny cookies? You know the kind I’m talking about. They’re the kind that you end up making when a recipe says, “Drop cookie batter by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.” That’s what the recipe says for Nestle’s Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies, which I made again tonight (here’s the recipe from the first time I made them). They’re great cookies–sweet chemical morsels embraced by wholesome natural oatmeal–and I definitely enjoyed them when they were small. But tonight I wanted them bigger.

To make them bigger here’s what I did: I used an ice cream scoop. I scooped out big blobs of batter, pushed the little handle on the scoop and dropped them on to parchment paper placed on my cookie sheet. The recipe was to make two dozen, I made nine. Then, instead of using the time allotted on the bag, I baked them until they were flat and brown around the edges.

And you know what? I got exactly what I wanted: big, smile-inducing cookies. Everybody loves a big cookie. So don’t cowtow to the tiny cookie gods just because they yell at you from the side of a bag. Get yourself an ice cream scoop and make your cookies bigger: you’ll be glad you did.

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  • http://www.evelynscafe.com Carol

    I remember making cookies with my mother when I was a kid, and she’d MEASURE to make sure I was indeed using a “rounded teaspoon”.

    Now that I’m a grown-up (wheeeeee!) I make giant cookies, and I always laugh when I picture my mother’s face…completely aghast at the thought of a 5″ diameter cookie.

    Thanks for this post — it was a well-deserved laugh. :-)

  • http://www.handtomouth.wordpress.com B

    I for one, like small cookies. In North America we seem too concerned on making things bigger – Although part of me really really wants a big cookie, I feel nauseous when its done.

    Call me party pooper… I don’t mind.


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  • Marilyn

    I love this recipe. It’s rather sweet, but delicious.

  • http://leenaeats.com/blog Leena!

    Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have to be the best cookies on the face of the planet.

  • Stephanie


    check out this article on slate.com about chef movies. the slide show is amazing and talks about what food movies get right and wrong about the lives of chefs.

    yummy! :)

  • http://deananana.livejournal.com deanna

    This is how people get fat. They say to themselves “I only ate one cookie!”, when really, they ate two and half cookies, that all happened to be baked together in the SHAPE of ONE COOKIE.

  • http://www.technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com Patricia Scarpin

    They look sinful and totally delicious. :)

  • Sam

    Like I always say, “All things in moderation…

    …INCLUDING moderation!”

  • http://canyoucook.blogspot.com/ Stephie

    Hmmm…I count 11 cookies unless the center 2 (1st row and second) fused together count as one number-8 shaped cookie.

    In any case — Yum! Everyone should enjoy a big cookie now and then.

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    Haha I love that “Let’s make our cookies bigger” and “How to Make Broccoli and Cauliflower bad for you” are posted on the same day. Avoiding fat is no priority for you, and I like it!