Simplicity in the kitchen is not about having a gadget for every job, but a few gadgets that do a lot! One of my favorite tools in my kitchen is the ice cream scoop.
Of course it's perfect for dishing out sundaes, but I also use it for scooping out cookie dough. No messy hands, just scoop and drop on the cookie sheet.
With a big family there seems to be a birthday party every month, and an ice cream scoop is perfect for filling the muffin tin. It keeps batter from dripping all over the pan and each one is measured perfectly.
Scoops come in various sizes, but I just have the one. No reason to clutter up the kitchen drawer when you can just fill it by 1/2 or 1/4 to get the amount needed.