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post #1 of 29
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I'm a CAKE decorator. I have done the occasional cookie order in the past, for small amounts of cookies. Well this past weekend I had agreed to do 75 daisy cookies to accompany a sweet 16 cake....... icon_confused.gif

These were simple, nothing fancy at all, outlined in white with white centers, flooded with yellow and a big 16 in black on top. I've tried to figure it out and I think all in all, mixing, baking, decorating, and putting in bags tied up with simple little bows, they took me 8 HOURS TO DO..... icon_confused.gif They ruined my whole weekend. Set me back hours, and I only charged $1 a cookie..... icon_confused.gif I know, I know, I'VE READ the threads and should have done $3, but it just seemed steep to me....well NOT ANYMORE.

So to those of you who does these amazing cookies so well, you have earned an entirely whole new respect from this little lady. I bow out to you humbly and respectfully. YOU GUYS ROCK.

I wish I had a pic to show my humble little cookies, but I was so over them that I even forgot to snap a pic of them before shipping them off. icon_mad.gif
Everything inside is eatable, I mean edible, I mean you can eat everything!!!
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Everything inside is eatable, I mean edible, I mean you can eat everything!!!
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post #2 of 29
It seems to go quicker over time, but cookies are definitely labor intensive. I had someone want to buy my 3D cookies once, and she seemed surprised that I couldn't turn out a couple dozen with just two days notice. (Umm, the icing needs to set for a good 12 hours alone!) I hope you don't give up on cookies...they're such little works of art...especially by some of the decorators on this site.
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the optimist expects it to change;
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The pessimist complains about the wind;
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the realist adjusts the sails.
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post #3 of 29
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Wow geminiRJ, your cookies are great. I love your 3d ones.
Everything inside is eatable, I mean edible, I mean you can eat everything!!!
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Everything inside is eatable, I mean edible, I mean you can eat everything!!!
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post #4 of 29
Thank you! I became obsessed with cookies because of this website, and my very first post had to do with how to decorate 3D cookies. I finally gave up and worked on my own designs! Now due to the encouragement of other CC decorator's, I'm getting ready to launch my own business selling cookie cutter kits for the 3D cookies. Funny where life leads.
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the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
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The pessimist complains about the wind;
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the realist adjusts the sails.
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post #5 of 29
i wish some of the people who think our cookies should be $1.00 each could hear you. Oh well, good thing there's still a lot of people who know how much they're really worth. thanks!!
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post #6 of 29
let me say i wouldnt make cookies for 1.00 it takes a long time to bake and decorate i give to my sisters school 2.50 but everyone else 3.00, its hard work.but you learn from your mistakes..
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''Big Willie Nelson Fan''....Only I have green eyes crying in the rain.......Dont Sweat The Small Stuff....
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post #7 of 29
I feel your pain. I am not good with royal icing. I prefere fondant covered cookies. I even like the taste better. Don't give up. Try the fondant on the cookie and see how you like it. I too was aboout to give up until I realize I could use the fondant on the cookie.
post #8 of 29
I agree- cookies seem to take me a long time- but at least it's cut up into segments!! I love doing both, but I love the individuality of cookies, too... and they're less stressful to me- if you mess one up- just chuck it in the trash!
Sarah
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post #9 of 29
I agree with Sarah-If I make a mistake decorating a cookie, oh well. But a cake-I think you have to be not only an artist, but a structural engineer as well!
post #10 of 29
Chuck it in the trash!!! How about chuck into your mouth! They are too yummy to just toss! I personally like it when I mess one up right off the cookie sheet...no icing...just broken and warm!

My husband says that he and the kids are like the cobbler's family...everyone else has shoes but the children of the town cobbler...he says everyone else gets cookies but he and the kids. Don't let him fool you...none of them are hurting in that area!
post #11 of 29
lol, you guys are very funny. I agree with everything that was just posted. icon_twisted.gif It can be a love hate relationship those cookies and I.
...talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes!
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...talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes!
"Come inside", said the bird to the mouse. I'll show you what there is in a treathouse.
(licensed and inspected home kitchen)
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post #12 of 29
I have been practicing cookies lately, and is $3.00 a starting price. I have been trying to find costs of cookies on the websites locally and on CC. I just can't seem to find a good pricing guide. I agree though it is a lot of work, but I think they are a fun alternative to the cakes.
Lorene
post #13 of 29
... I should have added my ordeal with making 200 cookies for a fundraiser for our highschool. A friend asked me if I would be willing to do them for Valentines Day. Their budget could only afford 1.00 per cookie. She asked if I thought they could have fondant and then writing on top. It took my sister and I at least 12 hours. (One person would have been 24 hours). I guess I should wear a sign around my neck. "Will work for free". Oh, forgot to mention I told her they would have to be individually wrapped, and I was volunteering not to do that for that price. She ended up doing that herself. I believe it took her some time. I know it was for a fund raiser for the school, but hey, I don't think I could do that again. That seems to be the only requests I get, family, friends. I guess I've learned a lot in all that I do but some day it would be nice to make some profit. icon_cry.gif
...talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes!
"Come inside", said the bird to the mouse. I'll show you what there is in a treathouse.
(licensed and inspected home kitchen)
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...talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes!
"Come inside", said the bird to the mouse. I'll show you what there is in a treathouse.
(licensed and inspected home kitchen)
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post #14 of 29
I, too, have complete respect for those of you who use all RI! I use RB with RI decorations and that's fun for me but to flood them all!!!! I don't think I'd have the patience! icon_eek.gif I greatly admire those of you who spend hours flooding cookies. You have a patience that I can only imagine.
post #15 of 29
OMG....cookie are amazing to make but do so take a little time when you are not used to doing them. I too CHEAT and use Fondant..I actually like the taste of it...like little mini frosted cakes icon_smile.gif Anyways, people like gemini and paulkjan make it look so darned beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Be the change you want to see in the world!!!

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you mean the world.

Baking is life's true Joy!
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