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post #16 of 66
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Originally Posted by Jenn123

If you cut ahead and freeze, be sure that you don't stack them too high. The ones on the bottom will get smashed if you do. After they are frozen solid, then you can stack as high as you like. Do you have this much freezer space?

Are you doing this in your home oven? How many can you bake at one time? If its 24, that's about 13 straight hours of baking if you don't burn anything! (Remember to rotate if you fill more than one level of baking racks.) How long does it take to mix the dough & how many times do you have to do it? Does it have to be refrigerated first? I'd say you are looking at 60 hours minimum of work with a home oven and small mixer. Where are you going to put them all while the icing dries? Do you have enough parchment, pans, boards, racks, to decorate/store them? Do you have to wrap them individually? Do you have enough food coloring? Are you charging enough to cover utilities, extra supplies, 60 hours worth of time, and all of your hair falling out? (LOL)

Think hard before doing this. If you don't have the time, space and equipment you will regret accepting this order. If you can't pull it off, you won't get many future orders for anything. If you do have it, good luck! I hope everything turns out well!



icon_eek.gif Was there anything you forgot to ask??? LOL!!! Me thinks she doth know her stuff thumbs_up.gif
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post #17 of 66
Do you know of any small bakeries that could bake them for you? There was one here that whenever one of the girls got a huge order she would ask the guy and he would bake them up. Charged per cookie but it was super cheap, like .25 each or something. They can do it so fast with their equipment.
post #18 of 66
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Originally Posted by Lazy_Susan



icon_eek.gif Was there anything you forgot to ask??? LOL!!! Me thinks she doth know her stuff thumbs_up.gif



How could you tell?? Ha Ha icon_lol.gif I don't think I could do an order this large at home and I have LOTS of experience. icon_eek.gif
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post #19 of 66
Sorry, I don't have anything useful to contribute.....but I just wanted to say good luck!
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post #20 of 66
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for the help, advice and encouragement.

I'm going to sit and do some planning today and figure out what will work best for me. The tips and ideas that you guys have given me is really appreciated.

I will definately let you know how it all turned out.

Shamani
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post #21 of 66
That is a huge order...I wouldn't take on such a task like that...I could barely handle a few dozen let alone decorating all of that. However you did commit yourself and I'm sure it can be done. Like many have said, take a deep breath and write down what you have to do in order to make it less complicated for you.

Out of curiosity, how much does one charge for 1500 cookies?
post #22 of 66
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Originally Posted by sweettreasures



Out of curiosity, how much does one charge for 1500 cookies?



I was wondering the same thing! LOL
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post #23 of 66
I would say...WHATEVER one wants to charge!! lol icon_lol.gificon_razz.gif
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post #24 of 66
considering what I've seen on pro's sites:

(all figures in American $)

no less than $1, probably $2, and if possible $3.

some pro's are charging $4-$6+/each for custom cookies. (W. Kromer has a valentine heart of $12(!).)
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post #25 of 66
Thanks Doug,
I understand the average cookie pricing but what I meant was for the total 1500 cookies. I mean, do you give them a discount for the huge order or charge appropriately for EVERY single cookie?
post #26 of 66
You'll be fine!!! I think Doug has it worked out as for baking time, and then add several more hours for ingredient shopping, dough and icing making, rolling and cutting, and packaging. Just get started now, and the 9th will be plenty of time!!!
post #27 of 66
Hi Shamani! Have you made any decisions yet? I'd love to know how it's going.

Best of Luck
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post #28 of 66
Thread Starter 
Yeah, things are going good at the moment. I started last week already cutting and freezing the cookies. I have a huge deep freezer so that really helps. I have four more batchs of dough to cut an that I am doing tonight and tommorow.
I'm going to make the icing on Sunday and also in the mean time prepare the bags and the ribbons.
I was think of starting the baking on the 1st and do the baking, icing and bagging simultaneously. DH is going to help with the icing and the bagging.
So, thus far it seems like it's going okay.

Will let you know next week how it's going.

Regards
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post #29 of 66
Shamani - have you decided how much you're going to charge?
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post #30 of 66
I use to work for a specialty shop that had the most delish cookies. I was amazed to learn that they were made, cooked and frozen. We just took them from the freezer as needed and decorated. We would take one day a month to bake. Just wrap them well or place in freezer bags.
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