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post #1 of 30
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I would like to start making cookie bouquets. Is anyone willing to share their knowledge on pricing, ideas,where to get supplies, recipes etc...? I am starting from scratch. I live in a very rural little town that is not close enough to a large town to take any classes. Any help anyone would be willing to share will be very much apreciated.
post #2 of 30
I don't have much knowledge but I do refer to this set of instructions quite often.
I'll be checking back to see what others have to say
Tara

http://www.kitchengifts.com/makingcookiebouquets.html
post #3 of 30
The No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe on this site is good with royal icing. I add almond extract to the cookie dough and so far no one has complained. I roll them 1/4 " to 3/8" thick and I push the sucker stick into the back covering it with a little snake of dough to keep it in place. Then bake as usual. Others will have more ideas and help--that is where I have found most of what I learned! icon_biggrin.gif I use baskets and containers I find at Walmart and Dollar General and fill them with a chunk of foam, tissue paper or paper shred. I use goody bags from Hobby Lobby and use ribbon to tie them shut. If you use royal icing it needs to dry about a day to not smear it before putting them in bags. I charge the amount for the container and stuff in it, and it depends on how decorated the cookie is to charge for those (usually $2 each for simple ones) The only advise is use butter for your cookies--they taste so much better!
post #4 of 30
birdgirl when you the stick in do you use cookie sticks? and you put them in the back so does this mean the front of the cookie is the baked side? and what icing do you use? sorry so many questions but i am very curious about cookie bouquets too.
post #5 of 30
After I cut the cookie out I flip it over and press the stick in. Then I flip it back over so the seam is on the pan. Then I use royal icing--usually Antonia 74's royal icing to frost them. Once and a while I use buttercream. Antonia's recipe is on this site.
post #6 of 30
thanks bunches birdgirl icon_biggrin.gif
post #7 of 30
I took a cookie bouquet class at my local Michael's store, and our instructor taught us to put the cookie stick in before baking. But I discovered by mistake (when I forgot to put the sticks in one batch), that it's much easier to slide the sticks into the cookies right when they come out of the oven.

Our instructor also told us to roll the cookies 3/8" thick, and the easiest way to do this is by using two dowels - one on either side of your dough. That allows you to roll the rolling pin along the dowels and your cookies are the perfect thickness all over.

HTH. Good luck!

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post #8 of 30
For your bouquets you can find great containers at The Dollar Tree if there is one near you. Or any dollar store, Big Lots, etc will have great containers. In 2006 I added the following bouquets to my menu:

6 bouquet
8 bouquet
9 bouquet
12 bouquet

But in 2007 I changed it to:

6 bouquet
9 bouquet
12 bouquet
18 bouquet
24 bouquet

I also use foam to put inside the container then fill it with paper shreds or tissue paper. Then place my cookies on sticks in the foam and wrap the entire basket in a clear or decorated basket bag or cellophane wrap with a bow. I think the presentation looks better when the entire basket is wrapped. You can view some of them in my photos.
post #9 of 30
I found that the holder needs to be fairly heavy to hold the weight of the cookies. I found clay pots at Walmart for $.50 and paint them based on the occasion. You could also try the thrift stores for mugs, etc.

I use foam tucked down inside the holder and a piece of tissue paper. I use sandwich bags to wrap the cookie, and cut the fold top to give me more plastic to work with. Baggies are softer plastic than the goodie bags and easier to wrap around the stick and tie with curling ribbon.

I use bamboo skewer sticks - less expensive than the candy sticks. I don't like really thick cookies, so I roll about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick and insert the skewer. I use two sticks to roll between to be sure the thickness is consistent. If part of the stick is showing in the back, I use a thin log of dough to patch the back, carefully roll it smooth, and be sure to place that side down on the baking sheet. Although if you are decorating the entire top, it wouldn't matter.

Once the cookies come out of the oven, I let them cool a bit before trying to move them. I use Toba Garretts icing and let dry, then use cake icing or royal to do the accents and let dry.

So far I have only done bouquets with six cookies, and for christmas did a combination cocoa cone and 4 cookies. Sorry didn't sell them, they were gifts or donated so I can't help with prices.
post #10 of 30
After my holiday cookie success, I want to venture into cookie bouquets for Valentine's day. Have already found great coffee mugs for $1 each at Michaels (and waiting for the dollar stores to stock up). Michael's also has foam shaped for mugs, but at $1.49 for two, is a bit expensive as far as I am concerned (so on the lookout for inexpensive foam). I think some handmade chocolates (candy melts) in the shape of hearts and roses might make them a little nicer. Figuring on three 4" decorated cookies, a couple of candies, how much would you charge for something like this? icon_rolleyes.gif
mom to Christine, John, Michele, Joseph & Peter......grandma to Zachary and Colette
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mom to Christine, John, Michele, Joseph & Peter......grandma to Zachary and Colette
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post #11 of 30
i buy my foam at walmart its cheaper and the same brand they sell at micheals icon_wink.gif
post #12 of 30
I have prices on my web site go to
(Cookie Bouquet). ( Gallery )if you want to view some bouquets. www.cakesondemand.com
post #13 of 30
Sharon, love your website and the wonderful cookie bouquets. Thank you so very much for the information, and inspiration!

deb
mom to Christine, John, Michele, Joseph & Peter......grandma to Zachary and Colette
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mom to Christine, John, Michele, Joseph & Peter......grandma to Zachary and Colette
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post #14 of 30
Must agree with everyone here! You can find tons of unique containers at the dollar/discount stores! I find that Joann Fabrics is cheaper on foam bricks than anyone, including WalMart! I also agree with AgentCakeBaker about a cello bag/bow over the entire creation making a better presentation, however, I individually wrap mine. It always used to gross me out when people at work would get deliveries from "that cookie bouquet company", open the cellophane wrapper, then all day long people are touching/handling the cookies! Yuck! So, I always individually wrap them for that reason, and to preserve freshness for the cookies that aren't being eaten right away! That's just a personal choice though!
post #15 of 30
I am starting to get all my supplies ready to do some Valentines Bouquets. I plan on making some small , medium and large ones. I have a gift shop that wants some small ones for like teachers gifts. I have several other business' that order a variety of things from me, so I will do some samples for them and then I will take orders for specialty ones, like personalization. I have not worked all my pricing out yet, but if you check the cookie bouquet shops you will see that they are not cheap. Just make sure you figure all your costs, and then include your time. I wrap all the cookies also, and then wrap the basket or pot or cup. I prefer for them to stay fresh.
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