Dropping identical rounded dough balls ensure your cookies feature a uniform shape. Failing to prepare your hands for the dropping procedure causes the cookie dough to stick to your fingers. To prevent this from happening, the baking experts at Betty Crocker recommend occasionally wetting your hands with cold water. Another effective method to prevent the dough from sticking involves covering your hands with a thin layer of all-purpose flour or cooking spray.
Things You'll Need
Place a large baking sheet onto a level countertop. Cover the entire baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Dip your teaspoon into the bowl of cookie dough.
Dampen your hands with cold water, or apply a thin layer of flour or cooking spray. Place the teaspoon of cookie dough into the palm of your hand. Roll the cookie dough between your palms until it retains a spherical shape.
Drop the rounded ball of cookie dough into the top-left corner of the baking sheet. Roll another teaspoon of cookie dough between your palms. Align the second ball of cookie dough about 2 inches from the first.
Repeat the shaping and dropping process, making rows 2 inches from the previous, until you fill the entire baking sheet. Pull out a second baking sheet if you have any leftover dough; drop the rolls on the second sheet, until you finish the batch.
References and ResourcesBetty Crocker: Hand Shaped Cookies
Food Network: Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe
Gourmet: The Test Kitchen: How to Roll Out Thin Cookie Dough
ResourcesBetter Homes and Garden: Cookie Dough and More
Taste of Home: Shaping Cookie Dough into Balls
Cooking Light: Hand-Shaped Cookies