TiffTurtle Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 6:26am
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ok , so i baked some halloween cookies tonight.. I got the Wilton set of 3 cookie cutters...pumpkin, cat, gost, ...when they came out of oven i asked what he thought and at first he said .50...then he said .75. I dont know what to do..i have never made and sold cookies like this before. Im always scared that im going to either be too high or too low ( i go through this w/ my cakes too ) But anyways the ones that i have so far i have "iced" w/ orange candy melts and i am going to ice the rest tomorrow w/ antonias icing...so should i go with his price of .75? im going to be selling them at the local Farmers Market on Sat. its giving me a headache just thinking about it. icon_mad.gif what would you guys do?

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AngD Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 10:11am
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How big are they? I mean if they are a large cut out, and you have detailed it, I would say $1.00, or say 3/ $2.50.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 10:47am
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I agree, charge more than 75cts! For that I would get hubby to make them himself icon_twisted.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gif !

jdelectables Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 1:03pm
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Hubby should make them himself for that price! LOL

KHalstead Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 3:48pm
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I wouldn't charge less than a dollar for ANY decorated cookie!!!

yankeegal Posted 5 Oct 2006 , 4:37pm
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I wouldn't charge less than a dollar for ANY decorated cookie!!!




Very well said!!! thumbs_up.gif

TiffTurtle Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 2:35am
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Thanks yall...I needed some back up for this one..LOL...thats what i should have told him...you make them and decorate them and then tell me how much to charge for them after you roll cookie dough for hours...lmao

Dizzymaiden Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 1:06pm
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I am charging about $2 for 3" Halloween cookies. I have to hand decorate and wrap them. In the begining I charged only $1 and took a loss on wrapping material and most important my time.

vickymacd Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 1:17pm
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I agree on the size could change things, but for a Farmers Market, everyone expects to pay even a little more! I'm willing to pay more at these places because I know it's either a small business, or going to a good cause. The way I figure it, if you're not willing to pay more at these places, stay home or don't buy it! But those of us that appreciate the work, WILL buy it and appreciate it! Don't undersell yourself!

sheena16 Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 1:49pm

I am making cookies for a bake sale at the Moose in November. I was going to do sugar cookies. I have the Wilton 101 cookie cutter set. They have cute fall leaves. I don't want to get into the detail of turkeys. I thought I would put 3 in a package for $2. I'm doing the maple and oak leaves in fall colors with the leaf "veins" piped on, also plain orange pumpkins with the green stem. Not much detail so $2 should be a fair price. It's a good cause so I think people are willing to pay more.

I'm hoping it will get my name out there for orders for Christmas!!

Zmama Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 1:53pm

Here the price for non-dec'd homemade cookies (choc chip, etc) is around $3 for 6. Starbucks big dec'd cookies are $1.75 (and they are cute, too!) HTH

Dizzymaiden Posted 6 Oct 2006 , 5:12pm
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Here the price for non-dec'd homemade cookies (choc chip, etc) is around $3 for 6. Starbucks big dec'd cookies are $1.75 (and they are cute, too!) HTH




I have to charge extra because I don't buy in bulk like a Starbucks. If I did I imagine my DH would icon_cry.gif Our kitchen is too small but we are working on plans to expand. Crossing my fingers!

ChrisJ Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 3:34am

I just saw some sugar cookies this evening at Kmart in Superman and Cinderella and they wanted $1.49 each cookie.

Just thought I'd share this price.

cake2decorate Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 3:47am

How big are the cookies? .75 sounds a little on the low side unless they are tiny!

SweetConfectionsChef Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 4:04am

I sell decorated sugar cookies for $2-$7 depending on the design and size. My regular cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, ect) I sell for $1.25 each. I've never had a soul complain....they usually come back for more!! Don't undersell yourself! If you put .75 on it then potential customers will think there is nothing special about them...because they are only .75!!

Last year I decided to spend $25 on a 12" gingerbread cookie cutter (dh thought I had really lost it) thinking if I sold ONE that would pay for the cutter. So there I am at the shop decorating this HUGE gingerbread man when a guy walks in and can't believe how big that cookie is. He said "how much is it, $40?" I said you guessed right on the money....and he took it! Then people he knew started calling...I sold like 40 of those cookies and have people calling already for this year! ....and I would have undersold myself at $25!!!! Who would have thought...

TiffTurtle Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 4:04am

they are the wilton cutters...i dont know the size...came in pack of 3..cat , ghost, and pumpkin...i have pics in the october cookie theme post if looking at them will give yall a better idea...

ButtercreamCakeArtist Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 4:29am

No way! Do NOT go less than $1, but I've never actually sold any cookies. Go with what the others are saying on here.

I was thinking.....If you do orders.......that $15/ dozen would be a bargain for customers. Don't know if that would be high enough for reality , though.....then, say "so much more" for another dozen....??????????

Sorry I'm not much help, but .75 is WAY TOO LOW!

TiffTurtle Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 5:25am

Thanks Yall...I think I messed up BIG TIME! ARGH...I felt pressured and my mom was like 1.00 is way too much...so i putstinkin .75 on them...I could CRY!!! im so stupid. what do i do now? How do i correct this for future orders? Could i get away with calling them trial cookies since they are each packaged as singles? OMG IM SO STUPID!!!!

goal4me Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 5:35am

Not familiar with the size of those cookie cutters.... If they are small then you are probably priced right...if they are large style then I'd up it! Check to see what your competition in the bakery and stores are selling them for!

patticakesnc Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 5:45am

They Tiff,

You're not stupid! I know in NC we don't get as much for things as around other areas. I think if you are doing this at the farmers market that we talked about before you will be about right with the price in our area. I made cookies tonight too! LOL I would probably ask .75 each for them they are standard cookie cutter size. The lady at the flea market down here gets a lot more for the real big cookies, but you know how it is down here. If you sell them at .75 each you will probably sell out, but if you mark them too high you will end up with some left and overall not make as much off of them due to the excess. Do them at .75 tomorrow and see how it goes. Then you can mark them up next time. If anyone asks why just tell them what you said, they were a trial batch or even say they were left over so you had them marked lower.

You just need to figure out how much it took to make them and how many you go out of it. That way you are sure not to shaft yourself.

Good Luck.

melysa Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 5:57am

OR- if you are especially proud of your end result...just add a number 1 in front of the .75 ! I recently had a neighbor order a cake. I came up with a design, figuring that ideally i should charge $80-$100 but for a friend, maybe 60-75. When she asked me the price, i got sheepish (you know how that goes, we dont want to scare away a customer with a high price when they can get a cake mix for a dollar) and then she said she had budgeted $100 so i just needed to tell her straight up how much i wanted. dont undersell yourself if you're proud of your work!

TiffTurtle Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 6:25am

Thanks yall...I feel better after reading what you said..and finishing off the rest of the ice cream...icon_sad.gif

I have found that it is really hard in this are where i am to sell things for what they should be...from what i figured it cost me about .28 a cookie to make and decorated, then id have to add in electric and packaging(wasnt much) so maybe .75 isnt that bad after all...ill just have to charge more for my Christmas cookies as they are MUCH bigger than the ones that i have for tomorrow.

I want people to buy my stuff so that they know how good it is..
well I guess ill see and what will be will be...if nothing else i had fun doing them...and if they dont sell well then the kids have snacks for a while...lol

CakeRN Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 6:45am

Another thing to think about Tif is that if you sell them for 1.00 then you don't have to worry about making change for anyone. Most people have dollar bills but not always change change. I would not sell them for less than a dollar either. Grocery stores and other places sell their yucky tasteless cookies for min of 89 cents but most are more than a dollar.

TiffTurtle Posted 7 Oct 2006 , 6:55am

true i hadnt thought about the change thing either...but i have already labeled them arghhhhh

paxpuella Posted 8 Oct 2006 , 4:53am
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Originally Posted by SweetConfectionsChef


Last year I decided to spend $25 on a 12" gingerbread cookie cutter (dh thought I had really lost it) thinking if I sold ONE that would pay for the cutter. So there I am at the shop decorating this HUGE gingerbread man when a guy walks in and can't believe how big that cookie is. He said "how much is it, $40?" I said you guessed right on the money....and he took it! Then people he knew started calling...I sold like 40 of those cookies and have people calling already for this year! ....and I would have undersold myself at $25!!!! Who would have thought...




Do you have any pictures of your cookie? I would love to see it, especially one that size !! icon_smile.gif My mom always makes us BIG cookies for easter or something like that. They never last very long. icon_rolleyes.gificon_razz.gif

SweetConfectionsChef Posted 8 Oct 2006 , 1:08pm

I do not have any pics of last year's cookie, but I will be taking some this year...I finally got a digital camera for the shop. I will post them to my gallery.

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