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HELP - Is it possible? 1,600 cookies for August 23rd?

post #1 of 32
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I just got a request to give a quote for 1,600 cookies for August 23, simple design with just the number "1" one each cookie.

It's just me and a friend. Is this a possible or impossible task? Should I bid on this?
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post #2 of 32
you have 10 days, if you have the ingredients on hand or can get them locally, i would bid on it. Seems like it would be a nice chunk of change, if your willing to do the work for it.
post #3 of 32
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Well, I submitted my bid and solicited for some help to my friends, got approval for additional time in the commercial kitchen.

I will just have to see how this pans out, but I need a decision by today!!
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post #4 of 32
Go for it....you will never know if you CAN do it, if you don't jump right in and do it! Just make up in your mind that it's too big for you to fail, so you WILL succeed. Keep the idea, recipe and design simple to start with. If you find that you have time to add something here or there, go for it.
post #5 of 32
If I were you I'll take the chance, eventhough I am a newbie in cake/cookie decorating. I'm not afraid of challenge so that I can get the experience. So, go for it.
post #6 of 32
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I'm holding my breath. The biggest order I have ever done was 300 cookies. I told them I need a decision by the end of the day.
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post #7 of 32
Echooo3, what's the best thing to use to get nice, even sized cookies? Do you use an ice cream scoop?
post #8 of 32
since you mention you have access to a commercial kitchen, I'll share that I did 1800 cookies for a college graduation. Using 18x24 baking sheets, I could get 24 cookies on a sheet, 10 sheets in the oven at one time = 240 cookies per baking batch. 1800 divided by 240 = 7.5 (round to 8 ) baking batches. 8 batches x about 15 to 20 minutes per batch = 160 baking minutes = less than 3 hours to bake 1800 cookies.

Now this included a lot of prep work. Drop cookies were premade into dough balls and we were able to move them straight from freezer to oven. cut out cookies were also pre-cut and ready to move from freezer to oven. Cut-outs were a simple design and with 3 of us (me and 2 teenage girls) doing assembly line work, we got the whole order out in one afternoon.

But you gotta have good prep work done and a good assembly line process set up.
post #9 of 32
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These will be rolled sugar cookies, with "#1" on them that I will do in fondant.

indydebi, you are so awesome. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for aways being so helpful and very funny!!
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post #10 of 32
I hope you get the order. I did 1800 cookies this summer but I got to do it in 3 sessions and they were all drop cookies. Indydebi is right - it's all in the prep work. You should be easily able to do it with that much lead time, help and a commercial kitchen. Good Luck! icon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 32
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DeeDelightful, if I were to make drop cookies, I would use and ice cream scoop for sure.
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post #12 of 32
Wow! My mind just froze up thinking about making that many roll-out cookies! But, hey, if the money's good, why not? I'll be wishing you all the best!
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post #13 of 32
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Well, they didn't like my price. But heck, it's a rush order and felt no need to discount. $5,200 is my price, that $3.25 per cookie which is what I always charge.
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post #14 of 32
I wonder what kind of price they were thinking it might be? icon_rolleyes.gif
post #15 of 32
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Indydeb, I ask that question and didn't get an answer. I would love to know. Probably around $500 right? I just had one too many zeros for them.
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