I have to make 160 wedding cake cookies for a wedding for favors in August. For the same wedding the bride wants me to do her Aunt & Uncles Anniversary cake (they are getting married on their anniversary). So, I'm trying to figure out time wise how to do this, I don't want to mistakenly take another order when I won't have a few days to do it.
Ack, does this make sense?
When can I make the cookies? Should I cut them out, freeze them and then bake them?
I have the wedding cake cookie cutter from Karen's Cookies and its huge! Does anyone know of a smaller cutter?
I'm not sure what recipe you are planning to use, but you should be able to freeze them, wrapped well, after you bake them, or even after you decorate them (depending on the decorations).
You can cut out the cookies then freeze, then bake
You can cut out, bake, then freeze
You can bake, decorate, and freeze (but be careful there might be discoloration.
Also remember, generally sugar cookies have a shelf life of a couple weeks. So you could start decorating them om Monday and package them by wed. Then you will have the rest of the week to do the other cake. You might want to test that now with your recipt though. Just make a couple cookies and decorate on that schedule. then eat them on Saturday and Monday (some will take home) to test the taste.
I bake mine up to a month in advance. I put them in a plastic tote and in the freezer. I've never had any problems. I decorate with Antonia's flooding technique and have frozen those also. If they are individually wrapped I freeze like that or if they are for trays I put tissue between them and freeze them. When I thaw them I lay them out on my dining room table and them tray them.