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post #1 of 39
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I am making decorated cutouts for a baby shower. I have to make 45 of them, I am going to decorate them with royal and toba's glace. I have to make my own cutter, and each cookie will be about 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". I am also bagging them individually, the mother in law gave me little tags to tie on each one. So, how much do I charge? I have my cake prices down but have never charged for cookies. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 39
sounds like a $4.00 cookie to me.
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post #3 of 39
at least!
post #4 of 39
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I live in the buffalo area where the economy is seriously in the dumps! I just called several local bakeries, nice one too. They all range in price from $2 to $3. Does that sound crazy?
post #5 of 39
If you charge that little for that size cookie you might regret it- but try it this once, and see what you think! icon_smile.gif
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post #6 of 39
I realize that the economy is different in different areas. However, this is not the first time the economy has been in a slump and it has rebound before. I want to believe it will rebound again.

What if you were to start selling that size cookie, now, for half of what it is worth. Decreasing your prices, later, would be much easier than increasing your prices. Start at the higher end to see what feedback you get.

There are still people out there willing to pay. I haven't heard yet of a Starbucks closing due to the economy. In fact, they have just opened up two close to where I live.

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post #7 of 39
Just a thought...if you're making your own cutter anyway, could you make it smaller (2.5-3in. instead of 4 or more in.)? That would make for smaller cookies to decorate and get you closer to the right price per cookie (if you use the $ per inch).
post #8 of 39
Yep, at least $4 a cookie.
post #9 of 39
The larger the cookie , the more the ingredients, the larger the price. Have you noticed the prices at the grocery store have gone up and the quantity of the products have decreased? They alter the packaging by "Updating" it and really the ounces have been decreased.
post #10 of 39
I'd say $4.50-$5.00 per cookie.. especially if you are wrapping them too. It's materials and TIME. Cookies are a pain in the arse.. they take a long time and you don't realize how much they take over your life and house while you are making them until you are elbow deep in them. Charge enough to make them worth it.
post #11 of 39
Here! Here! (to JKALMAN's pain in the arse comment!!!!)


I just did 80 cookied recently for a wedding and I clearly undercharged. I was so mad at myself that I wanted to cry!!! They are alot of detailed work that need to be done in steps with a lot of handling, so don't sell yourself short.

If they don't want to pay $4+ for a CUSTOM DESIGN, CUSTOM CUTTER, and CUSTOMIZED PACKAGING...then they don't get your cookies!!!

You're worth it!!!!!

(Can anybody tell that I just did my taxes last week and am mad about my profits made last year? I'm on a roll for 2008..."don't wanna pay what it's worth?" "No problem...you won't be gettin' it from me!")
post #12 of 39
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Ok, so I completely get it. BUT....I just called another specialty cookie boutique in my very town, $3 a cookie!!! This order is wrapped up with a big ole cake too. The pricing is so darn stressful...but I must say, I like doing cookies more than cake, they are little works of art! Maybe that's because I haven't done that many yet!
The jury is still out, I have to decide today, and I am VERY stressed about it!!!
post #13 of 39
they might be charging $3 per cookie, but can you get custom made to order cookies. are those packaged??
and yes, you could make them a little smaller, which would save on dough and icing, but remember you will still be doing the same amount of baking, decorating, etc. if anything, it may be more work trying to decorate a smaller cookie.
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post #14 of 39
Not only that, but the bigger bakeries in town get their ingredients in bulk and have less of a cost in that arena. It's hard, but I wouldn't go any less than $0.75 per inch of the cookie. You'll kick yourself
post #15 of 39
Was the other bakeries cookies the same size as yours?
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