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post #16 of 60
I am making cookies as we speak - they are hand-cut paisley shaped cookies - about 3x4ins in size. I will be outlining them in in painted gold lustre dust, filling in with royal icing, sprinkling with disco glitter and finishing with a few gold dragrees on each cookie. I've charged my customer E3,75 (about $4.90) each, but have given her a 6 for the price of 5 discount. So for 32 cookies she is paying me E94,50 (about $125). She never said a word about the price, and I think it's fair - I've just put 1 1/2 hours in cutting and baking the cookies, will spend at least 1 1/2 hours outlining and painting them and then several hours finishing off the decoration - plus the bags and ribbons!
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post #17 of 60
Wow! I am amazed at the prices. I live in a very price concious community. My compitition is Albertson's and Wal-mart. I hate being compaired to them. I bake my cakes and cookies from scratch with-in a day of the order due date. I customize everything I do. Granted, I am no Colette Peters, I do believe my product is way better than the grocery store.

Anyway, I made 22 doz., 4 inch sugar cookies with six different designs for Valentines day and only charged $0.75 per cookie. I thought that was a good deal. Then, I read all of these posts and now I think I was way underpriced.

It's funny, as I was delivering the cookies to the intended recepients, one of them had a 6 inch cookie with a simple golf decoration. It was on a stick and shrink wrapped. I couldn't help but wonder what someone paid for that.

Well, I am done venting and thinking out loud. Thanks for reading.
post #18 of 60
After my first couple decorated cookie orders I settled on about $3.50 for a 3-4 inch cookie in a bag and tied with ribbon. It still sounds high to me, but they are so much work! In a few situations I've been embarassed to quote that price for fear the customer will laugh at me, but no one has laughed yet. And no one has turned me down based on the price. I'm with Cambo... these are specialty cookies that you can't get just anywhere and they are meant for more of a special occasion as a favor.

That being said- I'm in San Diego where you have to pay $400k for a 2 bedroom apartment/condo. I guess this market can handle the price for my cookies. ha-ha!!
post #19 of 60
Yes, Brookville is a suburb of Dayton, about 20 minutes Northwest.
post #20 of 60
Has anyone checked out Toba Garretts web site? I kid you not, she asks $15 and higher for her cookies. Now granted she's Toba Garrett but I've seen ALOT of cookies here that are just as good if not better.
post #21 of 60
Cookie pricing has been a hot subject lately. I offered my Valentine cookie bouquets (4 cookies and coffee mug) for $10, but did let folks know I would normally charge $15. These are time consuming, depending on the detail needed. I can see lowering prices for very simple decorated cookies, but heck, even my local grocery store charges $4-$5 for a 4" decorated cookie! icon_surprised.gif

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post #22 of 60
I have found that regular customers are happy to pay the going price when it's understood these are custom cookies, but I also find unfortunately that 'friends' are the only ones who place orders then haggle over price once it's completed? not fun so now I discourage some from ordering unfortunately.
post #23 of 60
Very interesting topic!
Not every cookie is created equal. I agree with the $1 per inch pricing, except not every 4" cookie is worth $4, there is a wide range of decorating quality out there. But it is something to strive for.

Bonjovibabe-
I can't wait to see your paisley cookies! They sound beautiful.
post #24 of 60
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Originally Posted by mitsel8

Very interesting topic!
Not every cookie is created equal. I agree with the $1 per inch pricing, except not every 4" cookie is worth $4, there is a wide range of decorating quality out there. But it is something to strive for.



Tell me about it. Where I am right now, I would have to pay someone to eat my cookies!! LOL! I'm still working on my icing techniques, or lack there of. icon_redface.gif
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post #25 of 60
MichelleM77-
I think your Easter bouquet looks great! Great colors and variety of cookies.

Leslie
post #26 of 60
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Originally Posted by mitsel8

Very interesting topic!
Not every cookie is created equal. I agree with the $1 per inch pricing, except not every 4" cookie is worth $4, there is a wide range of decorating quality out there. But it is something to strive for.

Bonjovibabe-
I can't wait to see your paisley cookies! They sound beautiful.



interesting response as well, I think that $4 for a fondant and royal icing cookie which is 4" is a fair price unless you think our design quality is inferior?
post #27 of 60
I wasn't talking about anyone's cookies in particular. Just saying a plain, minimally detailed 4" cookie should get a different price than a very detailed 4" cookie.
post #28 of 60
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Has anyone checked out Toba Garretts web site? I kid you not, she asks $15 and higher for her cookies. Now granted she's Toba Garrett but I've seen ALOT of cookies here that are just as good if not better.



She's in New York City, and she's one of the best-regarded bakers/cake decorator-types in New York.

She's had at least two books published by major publishers.

She teaches at one of the more prestigious cooking schools around.

Her work is regularly featured in all the major wedding magazines/publications.

And you?
post #29 of 60
Man oh man. Oh geez here we go again! Let's not lock the thread. icon_smile.gif
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Award winning cake designer and fine art sculptor.

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post #30 of 60
I certainly don't think Elfie meant anything negative at all by her Toba Garrett comment. She was simply making a statement. This thread is about price of cookies-not who's better and deserves to charge more.
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