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Decorated Cookies Take A LOT OF TIME!

post #1 of 28
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I am new to making decorated cookies but they take me A LOT OF TIME. For Halloween, I covered them with fondant and then used RI for details. It took a fair amount of time to color the fondant many different colors, roll it out then cut it to the shape. This all had to be done in conjuction with the baking cookies.

For Christmas, I decided to tried Toba's glace. I love doing the detail work but filling in the whole cookie with the glace takes a lot of time. I worked today on my daugher's birthday cookies (Hello Kitty) so they are not too detailed but each one takes a long time.

Am I doing something wrong? How long does it take you to decorate one cookie from start to finish. I know that's a hard questions since there is drying time in between but just working time.

I know I'll get faster as I get more experience but these cookies seem very tedious.
post #2 of 28
I know what you mean.......don't worry, I take forever icon_rolleyes.gif Not sure how long, but I envy people who do them alot faster. I think i need to just do simpler designs then i wouldn't take so long
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post #3 of 28
I limit myself to 3 colors per cookie, but they still take alot of time, especially since it's all fine detail work....and my coworkers wonder why I'm asking $30 a dozen....hmmmmm
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post #4 of 28
Lisa, you WILL get faster as you go along, but I think you're learning what many cookie civilians don't understand either ..... these cookies *DO* take a lot of time and that's why you can't buy them for 50 cents. thumbs_up.gif

Rolling/cutting fondant .... you might try doing all of this before baking the cookies. I pre-cut my fondant pieces, lay them on the counter, then cover them with a big sheet of saran wrap to wait for the cookies to bake.
post #5 of 28
I second Indydebi - you will get faster as you go. I am not one to 'wing it' and have all of my steps figured out before I even start the cookie, but I am doing several of the same design and I need to work it all out ahead of time as I make my own template and cutters. I find that by doing a prototype or two beforehand, I can increase my speed as I have already worked through the steps. Also, I use Antonia74's RI recipe which is here on CC. It dries faster than the glace so that I can get my details going sooner. If you try her recipe, mix it to creamy and thick, not fluffy. Also, her MP has vanilla in it whereas ours in the U.S. does not, so I add all-natural flavorings from Spices Etc. A discount code is listed with my pumpkin pie cookie if you are ever interested.
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post #6 of 28
I stoped in a awesome cookie shop this past week people were really bragging this place up! They are on line and have ads, LET ME TELL YOU... if you get a chance walk inside. The photos do not do these cookies justice. THEY ARE VERY AWESOME. The smell alone when you walk in beggs you to buy some. They are large , very cute and $7.00 each! no discount for a group of them either. The company name is
Cookies buy design. The girl I talked to was very nice says it takes about 3 minutes to decorate each one.... ( must be after alot of experience on each type) These cookies are large, colorful and just awesome overall.

3 min.each... Mine take alot longer. web site is cookiesbydesign.com
post #7 of 28
Cookies are almost TOO much work!!!!! I like to do them only once in awhile...about 3 times a year gets it out of my system...seriously. I stand in awe of the cookie people around here!
post #8 of 28
kita, try the fondant method. Seriously I had 3 mother's day bouquets (6 cookies each = 18 cookies) mixed, cut out, baked, covered in fondant, arranged in the container and on the shelf ready for pick up in under an hour, using fondant. thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 28
Tracylh.....oh my gosh your cookies are so very well done....I just looked at your photos...very professional job!
post #10 of 28
Cookies by design already has the icings in all different colors, ready to go. I'm sure the "3 minutes per cookie" didn't include the time to make the icing, clean up, etc. which are some of the major time sinks....
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Originally Posted by indydebi

kita, try the fondant method. Seriously I had 3 mother's day bouquets (6 cookies each = 18 cookies) mixed, cut out, baked, covered in fondant, arranged in the container and on the shelf ready for pick up in under an hour, using fondant. thumbs_up.gif



Hm. Cool! thumbs_up.gif

That's fondant on slightly warm cookies, right? Never tried it that way yet....
post #12 of 28
Yes, Have the fondant pre-cut and ready to go as soon as the cookies come out of the oven. The heat melts the fondant slightly, just enough to adhere it really well. I lay the fondant and then gently rub my hand over it to give it a little 'push' to adhere (like using a fondant smoother on a cake).
post #13 of 28
I like to say that cookies are a labor of love lol !
post #14 of 28
I timed it last week and it took me 8 hours (spread out over 2 days), to mix the dough, bake the cookies, mix the frosting, flood the cookies, let them dry, pipe the detail work, let that dry, and then package them each individually. How many cookies did I make? 24!!! Yes, very time consuming. Hopefully I'll get faster as I get more practice in.
post #15 of 28
stacey, I so know what you mean! I made 100 cookies shaped like dog biscuits for a wedding reception and it took me just under 3 hours (easy shape, one color), and that included bagging them.

So I get this order for 50 Hello Kitty cookies. Bulk packed. No bagging. This should be easy! I should knock these out in an hour, give or take! (she said naively!!) Holy crap, it took me over 5 hours JUST to decorate those suckers! icon_surprised.gif

Sometimes you just never know...... icon_wink.gif
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