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post #46 of 68
Thanks, gingersoave! I think it would be cute to make those for a thank-you. I know I'd love something like that. Too bad if I'm going to get a treat, I have to make it myself, LOL.

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post #47 of 68
I made these and put them together before the royal dried... I see now how it would work better once it has dried....
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post #48 of 68
TooMuchCake
If you don't mind me asking what did you charge including box and ribbon? I was thinking 4.00, but got one reply that should be around 5.00. Just curious. Thanks!
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post #49 of 68
Beautiful cookie-cakes, TooMuchCake. I prefer yours over M. Stewart's.
These could be so much fun to experiment with. I'm doing a b-d party Friday and might just see about adding some of these to the table setting.
post #50 of 68
Toomuchcake - your cookie cakes are absolutely adorable!!! thumbs_up.gif I had someone ask me about doing those for a 50th anniversary, but I was worried the cost would be too high (had no clue what to charge), but she went with a themed cookie instead and was quite happy. If anyone does ask again, do you mind telling me what you charge and the size of the bottom cookie? I saw someone say $4 or $5, but that was not in reference to your beautiful work. That amount seens awfully low. Do you mind giving us a rough idea?
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post #51 of 68
Thanks, Bettinashoe! That makes me feel good! (I lived in Bartlesville very briefly when I was a kid.)

Cindra, the bride spent over $1k on her wedding desserts, so I gave her a discount on the cookies and she bought her own ribbons and boxes. She paid (if I remember correctly) about 85 or 90 cents for each box/ribbon combo, and I charged her way too little at $3.00 for the cookies and putting them in the boxes for her. So, she spent around $4/set. I agree with whoever told you to charge closer to $5/set. It's a lot of cookies, so the customers will get a lot of dessert for that money, too.

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post #52 of 68
Thanks, Tracy! The sizes of the cookies I used is in the second paragraph of the article on Caked Alaska, but to put it here for easy reference it's 2.75", 2" and 1.25". I rolled the dough 3/16 thick, using dowels as a thickness guide.

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post #53 of 68
Thanks TooMuchCake! It would help it I slowed down and read! Wow! That bride got a phenomenal deal! You should be proud of your beautiful work!
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post #54 of 68
Deanna,
thank you so much - that helps me put things in perspective. So if I purchase boxes/ribbons then $5 each is right on I think. Any tips to share before I hunker down and start baking????
post #55 of 68
You're welcome; I hope I helped some. The main thing I can suggest at this point is to not make the icing too thick - either on the cookies or when you glue them together. Especially when you glue them together, really. You can use your cookie cutter to keep the cookies aligned if you put the first cookie inside the cutter, add a small bit of icing in the middle of the bottom cookie, put the next cookie on top inside the cutter, then repeat. I assembled all the large ones first and let them dry before adding the next sizes on top of them.

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post #56 of 68
TooMuchCake,
Your work is beautiful, and the bride got a fantastic deal. Martha's pale in comparison.
post #57 of 68
Thanks for the tips - I wonder if you could use chocolate instead of RI??? Sets up faster....I may try a dummy one that way.
post #58 of 68
I made 70 of these for my sister's bridal shower about 2 years ago. I would love to have the opportunity to try these again, now that I've been making cookies a little while. I think they would come out so much better. I used the NFSC recipe and they spread a little, leaving them not uniform/crisp like the one's in Martha's picture. Everyone thought they were great, even if they weren't up to my expectations.

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If I remember correctly, I purchased the boxes from www.papermart.com. I used cardstock (scrapbook section of Michael's)cut into squares to line the bottom of the boxes. You may also want to make 1 sample cookie cake to determine what size box you should get.

You may have already thought of this but: put a dab of royal icing on the underside of the very bottom cookie - this will keep it from sliding around in the box.

I liked making these but, they are time consuming!

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post #59 of 68
I am wondering if anyone who has done these cookie favors recently can give me an idea of what to charge per favor? They are adorable but look super labor intensive!

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post #60 of 68
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Originally Posted by Bouncin4Bonjovi

Just a word of warning - I practiced making these a few weeks ago and I guess my dough was not chilled enough before I baked the cookies and when I took them out of the oven some of them spread and were uneven so my little cake looked very lop-sided. icon_cry.gif



Indydebi talks about recutting her cookies right out of the oven to get the shape perfect. That would help on having them all the same.
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