There Has Got To Be An Easier Way

Baking By kayla1505 Updated 12 Jan 2009 , 10:28am by kayla1505

kayla1505 Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 7:35am
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I made alot of cookies this holiday and there has got to be an easier way to package the cookies.

I've been puting them in the cello bags and tieing them with the little sliver tie that it comes with. But its soo annoying and it takes me forever. Plus the bag gets all wrinkly.

Anyone have any ideas to make them look more professional and faster to pack?

24 replies
SugarFrosted Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 7:53am
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Are you talking about wrapping individual cookies, or a half dozen or more?
Do you make a LOT of cookies, maybe to sell? How many do you put in a bag? How about a one piece clam-shell type plastic bakery box? I make fudge hearts and Easter Eggs and package them in ones like this:

http://www.creativefoodpackaging.com/takeout/clear_smartlock_1_piece_deli_c.html

They come in a few sizes. The size I use (5x5x2.5 or so) is about 15cents each in a carton of 500 on that site. That adds up to $75 plus S&H. I bought them somewhere else tho and they've lasted a long time. A ribbon around the box makes a pretty presentation. Inside, I used some Easter grass. You could use tissue paper too. Here's a pic of my fudge hearts to show you how the boxes look:
LL

kayla1505 Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 8:28am
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those look cute, but im talking individually wrapped cookies. only one cookie fits in each bag.

JanH Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 9:02am
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You could use an impulse heat sealer:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-heat-sealers.htm

However, though the packaging is faster, it's not decorative.

HTH

SweetDreamsAT Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 2:59pm
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Hmmm, I can't think of a faster way to individually package them. But as far as wrinkly bags go, you might try using a thicker mil bag. I tried saving money and ordered 1 mil poly bags last time... but I will definitely upgrade for my next order - I think 2 mil will work for me, but its probably a personal preference.
I ordered my bags from Uline.
http://www.uline.com/Grp_4/Poly-Bags-Gusseted

Decorated cookies are SO time consuming all around, and I'm always looking for time saving tips, so thanks for asking a great question!

cookiemookie Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 3:02pm
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I use my Foodsaver. I've been doing this for at least 3 or 4 years.

It doesn't vacum seal them, just heat seal. Not sure if all models can do this. I have an older Professional II model.

aligotmatt Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 3:14pm
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When I bag decorated cookies, I carefully kind of fold the top back so all of the wrinkles are on the back of the cookie. Then tie. I don't know how much faster you can make the process... just charge knowing that it IS part of the process. I made 300 cookies for wedding favors and I think I spent about 5 hours bagging and tying bows on each bag. Though I was like aaggh this is taking forever, I charged enough that I was getting paid healthily to bag.

kayla1505 Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 4:52pm
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oh cool I have a foodsaver. it's an older white one and it has a seal button. Im gonna test a bag and see what happens.

I dont do may cookies so i just buy the wilton treat bags when i need them, do you still think it will work?

And if it does work, won't the top part look kinda plain?

wow aligotmatt 300 cookies, I did 60 for new years and it felt like it was never gonna end

shiney Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 7:58pm
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Packaging is a pain, just takes time. That's when you invite a friend, pour them a glass of wine, hand them a pair of gloves, and let the good times roll!
I actually use ribbons instead of those silver ties.

indydebi Posted 2 Jan 2009 , 9:18pm
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Agree it just takes time ... one cookie at a time.

I did 100 cookies for a wedding and was surprised that it took me a whole hour.

If you have a friend helping, you can do an assembly line. One person opens the bags, one stuffs the cookies, one wraps the tie, etc. With each person doing just one portion of the job, they get faster at that one function and the job actually does move quicker.

riSHEL Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 4:03am
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I use Lip & Tape bags from www.gtbag.com They are so easy. Just peel off the strip, put in your cookie and seal closed. If you don't want it to look plain, add a personalized fold-over tag on the top. They are very inexpensive, come in many sized and they ship super fast.

kayla1505 Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 5:21am
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well i tried my food saver and it worked. i didnt have any cookies left so i sealed cupcakes in it. than i made a little label with scrapbook paper.
LL

SweetDreamsAT Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 7:25pm
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Gorgeous cupcakes!!

SILVERCAT Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 9:47pm
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Here is how I packaged my holiday cookies. Sandwich bags tied with the holiday ribbon and excessive bagged cut off.
http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/silvercat/?action=view¤t=1211081844a.jpg

shiney Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 9:57pm
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That's a great idea, Silver. I actually got several of those foil containers with clear lids, the kind you can bake a cake or sometihng in and take, and the lids were tall enough that they fit sort of standing up against each other (does that make sense?). That worked out great for gift sets of six or used the cake pan ones for larger batches. Wish I would have taken pictures.
Kayla, the cupcakes and packaging looks Great!

liapsim Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 10:00pm
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OMG...your cupcakes are gorgeous!

tyty Posted 3 Jan 2009 , 10:21pm
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Your cupcakes are just adorable!

kayla1505 Posted 6 Jan 2009 , 7:39pm
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aww thank you icon_smile.gif they were my 1st fondant cupcakes so im proud of them

cookie_fun Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 10:47pm
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OMG! I love your cupcakes! How did you do the bottom part of the dress? They are flawless!

Uniqueask Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 11:05pm
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Those are great cupcakes

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 11:14pm
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Kayla! Those are gorgeous! And I refuse to do cupcakes...but I'd do those for about $10 each! Hmmm...maybe more!

kayla1505 Posted 10 Jan 2009 , 10:40am
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thank you guys icon_smile.gif

sweetgreeting I just pleated the fondant and attached it with water and it stuck on

Theres a better pic of the cupcakes in my photos

joenshan Posted 10 Jan 2009 , 11:22am
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don't know if this work suit your needs, but what about folding the bag over and sealing it with a sticker that is relevent to the occasion?

eldag0615 Posted 10 Jan 2009 , 12:10pm
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First cupcakes decorated this? icon_eek.gif WOW icon_surprised.gif they look really perfect! And those ideas for packaging are great.

kayla1505 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:28am
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aww thank you eldag

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