One of the most important things to know when you bake is that measurements matter. It is best to be precise. Since I'm an accountant in my other life, this is not difficult for me. But because I can tend to border on the obsessive with getting things exact, I decided to purchase a kitchen scale.
I will admit that one of the main reasons I wanted an electronic scale was because I need to lose a few pounds, and the way I do that is calorie counting and portion control. However, it is so easy to underestimate what I am eating when I think something like a piece of steak is 3 oz. when it is actually 10! Whoa, Nellie, big difference!
Anyway, while perusing the web, I noticed that Cooks Illustrated (the foodie magazine) highly recommended a model called the Oxo Good Grips, Model #1130800. This is a review that was on Amazon.com that shows the features better than I ever could (and it's entertaining, too!)
I bought this scale at Bed, Bath and Beyond using a 20% off coupon, so it was around 40 bucks. It is very accurate and fun to use.
It just occurred to me that if I had used my new scale to weigh out each portion of dough for these cookies, they may have looked more uniform. But hey, they tasted awesome (because they were filled with chocolate fudge filling)! And they looked, ahem, "hand-crafted."
Hmm, I think I'll go make some more cookies! There goes my diet.