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post #16 of 52
Every year we have a bake sale at Christmas for church. I do baskets and platters. We also have a favorite that I did not do last year. I make a small plate bite size cookies with a matching mug or glass for "Santa". I found plates at a dollar store one year and thought that they would be fun. The first year I sold 4 or 5. The year before I sold 30 at $10 each! I did quick breads with flavored butter as well. My plates, baskets, liners, and all the wrapping bows should be here this week. I live in Texas without a legal kitchen, so selling to sell is out but the church fundraiser is ok. We have a blast making tarts, cookies, breads, candies. The kids look forward to helping and doing "quality control" checks.
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post #17 of 52
Its ironic that this topic was posted today because I was also thinking about my holiday baking and how I would handle any orders I might get for cookies....great minds think alike icon_wink.gif . When I was younger, I'd bake a variety of Xmas cookies for the family...giving a large container to each of my mother's siblings and their families. I now do Holiday trays/large bowls wrapped in celophane and topped with a bow. I usually offer the usuals...Peanut Butter, Walnut-Chocolate Chip-Pecan, White Choc-Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Explosion, Choc Dipped Shortbread, Junk Yard, and Gingerbread men. This year, I might also offer platters of decorated sugar cookies.

Its sounds like a really good idea to have cut off date for accepting orders.
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post #18 of 52
Walmart here last year had really cute oval aluminium trays about 9 inches in Christmas themes and colors.They were 99 cents.I bought like 2 dozen and that's what I wrapped up my cookies on.I wrapped up with cellophane and tied a pretty holly around etc that you can get from Michael's craftstore.Very inexpensive!!

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post #19 of 52
I do these every year. I do a cookie one and a candy one. I can't believe it Indydebi, I also make the peanut butter cookie with the mini reese in the middle, in the mini tart pan, they are the most popular I have!!!

Make sure not to mix any mint in with your regular stuff. I individually wrap all my candy, with the truffles in a paper cup in a box, the others in cello bags. The cookies I do are just in cello bags that fit 2 or 4 or 6, depending on the size of the cookie. All my bags have bows. Then they are on top of the paper shred stuff and either in a very, very inexpensive basket covered with shrink wrap or a flat tray (usually from the after xmas sale the year before). That will normally have cellophane wrapped all around it.

I charge $30 to $35 depending on the tray. Cookie tray is 5 different cookies (usually totalling 18-25 cookies depending on the type and size) and candy tray is 5 different candies, about 15-18 per tray.

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post #20 of 52
I've not sold cookie trays, but agree w/ Indydebi---don't have but a certain options.

Cookies that are popular here:
The Hershey Kiss cookie (but like the reese's cup idea!)
Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Covered Oreos
Traditional: choc chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin
My Fav: Gingersnaps & Pumpkin w/ Cream Cheese frosting
ETA: No Bake Choc Oatmeal cookies go like CRAZY!

Candies:
Choc Covered Pretzels
Choc Covered Marshmallows
Buckeyes
Rum Balls
Choc Covered cherries

Loaf Breads:
Zucchini
Pumpkin
Fruit
Chocolate Choc Chip
Friendship (but time consuming)
Cinnamon Swirl

I think the cheapest route would probably be platters, but if you have baskets utilize them! I never know how to charge for platters & such since I only bake non-decorated cookies during the holiday season.
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post #21 of 52
Those reeces cookies, mine are done with the peanut butter cookie recipe like for kisses, only you just use a small melon scooper and put them in the mini tart /muffin tins and bake, when they come out, you push a mini reeses into the middle of each one while they are still hot and let them cool. They really fly out the door, my girlfriend bought me another tray of 24 cavities just so I could make more for her each year....smart girl.

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post #22 of 52
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post #23 of 52
Yes, you just push the mini-Reese cup into the cookie as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Drop cookies can be made ahead in dough balls. Scoop them out onto a cookie sheet; freeze; then transfer them to a container (wax lined box; rubbermaid container; those disposable alum food pans .... a layer of wax paper between each layer). When ready to bake, they go from freezer to oven. When I was doing 300 cookies a day, there's no way I could have kept up without a stash in the freezer!

$25 for a basket of 20 cookies is a steal!! Do the Easter basket trick .... fill the bottom of the basket with "filler" so when you stack/layer the cookies on top, it looks REALLY FULL!!! thumbs_up.gif

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post #24 of 52
I always plan to do these for my family/household gifts every year and spend months daydreaming the different combinations and planning...and then run out of time due to other committments, so I've never really done them! But I have done Christmas cookies and candies in general, and one that everyone always loves is the Andes' mint chips cookies - yummo!
post #25 of 52
I have done cookie trays for my business the last 2 seasons and have done really well with them. I just used cookie recipes from growing up and a few newer items. The tray is what Christmas feels like to me. here is a photo. Each item is between 1/4 and 1 lb. I don't remember the exact weight of the finished tray, but they retail for $40 and I also make a mini version for $10.
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post #26 of 52
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$25 for a basket of 20 cookies is a steal!! Do the Easter basket trick .... fill the bottom of the basket with "filler" so when you stack/layer the cookies on top, it looks REALLY FULL!!! thumbs_up.gif





Oh trust me.........I know the tricks for making the baskets look full LOL I was in charge of arranging the gift baskets when we had that business. I'm thinking of putting a piece of cardboard into the bottom...like a little box with no bottom, almost like a shelf (does that make sense?) to raise the bottom of the basket up, then put the shreds...and then put all of the cookies and such individually wrapped maybe?

I think for the deluxe ones with tons of cookies and candies maybe I'll use the baskets.....I really like the look of those trays (I especially love how the shreds look coming out from under the cookies, it looks so festive) Do you put a sheet of wax paper or something to keep the cookies off of the shreds or just put them right on top?

I'm thinking about checking out GFS for some nice trays.....I know I saw some nice square black plates that looked like they were glass and they were around a dollar each..so I'm sure they must have other containers that cheap as well.
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post #27 of 52
Where could i find plastic containers with lids for cookies?
post #28 of 52
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post #29 of 52
Yes, I put the cookies right on the shreds. I did that on 2 years ago, but not last year. I think it looks good, but adds more time. I made about 30 large and 15 small last year.

I get my trays from a restaurant supply store. They are wholesale priced, so are much less expensive than party supply like Party City. For a tray and dome lid at Party City would be like $7-8, which eats profit. At the restaurant supply, I can by a pack of 5 trays and 5 lids for about $15. The small ones are just like "to-go" containers.
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post #30 of 52
Ok, you guys motivated me today! I whipped up a small batch of NFSC's, iced them into Smiley Face cookies, bagged 'em up and I going out tomorrow with a cookie-in-a-bag and a flyer to my business neighbors! Thanks for this thread that gave me the kick in the butt!
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