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post #1 of 47
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So I need to make cookies. I've posted a question about the cake & cookies before but now I'm calling out to the cookie "pros". I've been asked to make chocolate chip & sugar cookies. I was going to try the Food Network's chocolate chip cookie recipe (the chewey one from Alton Brown) and I think I'm going to try Penny's recipe - which I'm hoping ends up tasting like sugar cookie.

My questions:
1) How early should I start baking
2) Can I freeze the chocolate chip cookies? And can I freeze after they are baked to "preserve" the flavor so that I can bake ahead? Same thing with Penny's cookies.....

Other questions:

The woman asked for: I'd like a combination of chocolate chip and sugar cookies in the shape of shamrocks with white fondant icing and green piping as trim that say "Go, Ben"?

1) hmm white fondant icing on a shamrock shaped cookie - wouldn't that be weird?

2) what kind of frosting should I "pipe" as trim? I suggested putting fondant on the cookies b/c she was worried about kids grabbing cookies & getting icing all over their hands & everything else. But as far as piping? Doesn't that defeat the purpose? And if I did letters, should I do fondant letters? Or just write w/ an edible ink marker "Go Ben"? (btw - I haven't decided if I'll do MMF or satin ice - I like Satin Ice better but I think MMF is cheaper - I love rolled buttercream's taste, but it makes the cookies look kinda greasy)

3) I'm still trying to figure out what I should charge and how many i should make. She kinda asked for "a couple of Trays". a) I don't have trays and the dollar store's trays were all girly - this is a boy's graduation b) how the heck many is that? I figured I'd make one batch of choc. chip (30) and one batch of sugar cookies using Penny's recipe - I think that makes 36 - so that would = 66 cookies.... she's having 60 people. But I'm making a cake too - so is that an appropriate amount of cookies?

4) final question - I have no clue what to charge. I'm still trying to figure out what to charge her on the cake - and I'm taking too long. Any help for charging for the cookies? I was thinking $1.50 per slice of the cake for 60 people so that's $90 (plus boards & other incidentals) - her budget is $150 - $200. So maybe $1.00 per cookie? Or should I be charging more? Or less?? HELP!
post #2 of 47
I can only help with the sugar cookies... Sorry! (Can't make a freeking chocolate chip cookie to save my life! icon_lol.gif )

Sugar cookies for sure can be frozen - You can do it one of two ways. You can either roll them and cut them out and freeze them right then, and then when you're ready to bake just take 'em out and bake, OR, you can bake them and then freeze them. Either way, just make sure that you freeze in an airtight container. I wouldn't do any kind of decorating before freezing, though, but I've never tried it. (I'm a wuss! icon_redface.gif I dont want to decorate them and freeze them and then they get wrecked for some reason!)
As for the decorating... Shamrock cookie w/ white fondant? Is there some kind of theme or something, or is that just what she wants? (I mean, I guess it wouldn't matter if she wanted it to be decorated like a pickle with a party hat so long as she's paying for 'em, but definately an interesting choice!)
For the trim, definately royal. It dries hard so it can be stacked and not get all grubby when kids eat them. Remember that will take a day or so to dry, though. I would pipe the letters to match the trim, too, rather than pen or fondant... It'll kind of tie it all together.
Try and get an exact number out of her for ordering purposes. It will make your life MUCH easier. Theres nothing I hate more than when someone places an order and then says "Well, do whatever you want!" or "Oh, maybe just a couple dozen. I don't know!" I mean, Hey, thanks for being so confident in me that I can just make whatever the heck I want and you're going to pay for it, but PLEASE give me an idea of what you need! What if a "tray" to her meant 50 cookies and you only made 30? Then you've dissapointed her. Or the other way around? Then you made too many! Get back in touch with her and be firm and tell her you need to know how many cookies to make. EXACTLY.
Uhm... What else... Oh - Charging... Like I said, I dont make chocolate chip cookies, so I have no ide there! But for the sugar cookies - It sounds like a fairly simple cookie, and won't be nearly as expensive if you use the MMF. I would say maybe $1.50/each.
Good luck!!! HTH!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #3 of 47
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Thanks for your tips!

To answer the one question - oops forgot to add that detail! The shamrocks are the mascot of the school (nope I don't get it either - how scary is it to go up against any team called the "shamrocks" - by the way - they also just shorten it to "rocks" - which is really funny when it comes to the swim team - rocks sink - ha ha!)

Anywho, I guess I didn't really want to make royal icing.... I dunno why.... I just don't like making royal for some reason - especially if I'm already making regular buttercream. And my handwriting isn't so ideal.... but I can always try. Thanks for your help! I appreciate it.

Now anyone on the chocolate chip cookies?
post #4 of 47
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anyone on choc. chip cookies?
post #5 of 47
You can freeze any chocolate chip cookie as long as it is in an airtight container. You would charge the same amount for the cchip as the sugar as you are decorating both. Fondant and royal icing are the way to go. If you aren't comfortable w/ your handwriting then find a stencil to use and pipe over the indentation w/ RI. Otherwise, use the food marker. It will be too time consuming to use fondant for the writing and not profitabale. You need to clarify w/ your client how many cookies she is looking for. Just like a cake...go by servings.
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post #6 of 47
It's better to freeze the dough than to freeze them after they are baked (for either cookie). I'd roll out the sugar cookies, cut them, place them on parchment lined tray, wrap and freeze. For the chocolate chip, scoop out the dough into balls, line them up on a tray, wrap in saran and freeze.
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post #7 of 47
i always make all my dough and freeze it ahead of time. and a trick =if you dont want to freeze the cookies..to keep them soft make them a couple days ahead of time and put them in large ziplocs and stick a couple slices of white bread in the bag, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread
post #8 of 47
i always make all my dough and freeze it ahead of time. and a trick =if you dont want to freeze the cookies..to keep them soft make them a couple days ahead of time and put them in large ziplocs and stick a couple slices of white bread in the bag, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread
post #9 of 47
i always make all my dough and freeze it ahead of time. and a trick =if you dont want to freeze the cookies..to keep them soft make them a couple days ahead of time and put them in large ziplocs and stick a couple slices of white bread in the bag, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread
post #10 of 47
i always make all my dough and freeze it ahead of time. and a trick =if you dont want to freeze the cookies..to keep them soft make them a couple days ahead of time and put them in large ziplocs and stick a couple slices of white bread in the bag, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread
post #11 of 47
When I bake cookies for Christmas I usually start in October, bake and put in ziplock bags then put the bags is a box to keep from crushing them. I like to use the box the hugs juice comes in. They still taste fresh at Christmas time. Honestly had a few dozen left from Christmas and just took them out last week and they still tasted great (been frozen over 6mo). Did not like Alton browns recipe for Choc. Chip. I decorate my Sugar cookies with RI and layer them in a box when dry with parchment between. Wrap box in plastic wrap and freeze, never had a problem.
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post #12 of 47
I freeze chocolate chip cookie dough all the time. That way I can take a few out, pop them in the oven and have fresh baked cookies whenever.

I freeze my baked and decorated sugar cookes all of the time too. I use royal icing to frost them.

I charge $3 per decorated cookie.

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post #13 of 47
Oh, if you freeze your chocolate chip cookie dough, what I do is use a small ice cream scoop and scoop them onto a cookie sheet. Freeze them for a few hours and once frozen I pop them into a zip lock bag. This way the dough won't freeze in one big clump.
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post #14 of 47
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Originally Posted by vrmcc1

WDid not like Alton browns recipe for Choc. Chip.



Which one did you try? the puffy, the chewy, or the thin? What was wrong with them? I haven't tried them before.....
post #15 of 47
Tried the puff and the chewy didn't like either not really sure why, just picky I guess. Have been searching for the best recipe as I am soon opening a home bakery. This is the recipe I like the best.

3/4 c crisco
1 1/4 c. packed br. sugar
2 Tbls. milk
1 Tbls. vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4c all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt (I never use salt but it is up to you)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. choc chips
1 cup chopped nut, optional (if not using add 1/2 cup more choc. chips)

Cream together crisco, sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat in egg. Add dry ing. mixing until blended. Stir in nuts and chips.

Drop onto ungreased (i use parchment) cookies sheets.
Recipe says bake at 375 but I only bake at 325 8-10 min for chewy (they will look light and moist- don't overbake) or 11-13 for crisp. Make about 3 doz.

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