cookie_me Posted 6 Mar 2010 , 3:32am
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I found a thread http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-74191-75-days0-orderasc-.html that was started back in 2007 about how they do things. Some people that claim to work there at one time or another posted answers but when it came to the nitty gritty they where vague. I though maybe some one has new info to share icon_rolleyes.gif

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Cynsational Posted 7 Mar 2010 , 4:52pm
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It's so ironic that you posted this! I actually just read through that entire thread the other day really hoping to find out the inside dirt but was disappointed not to learn much of anything. icon_cool.gif

7yyrt Posted 7 Mar 2010 , 7:13pm
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What did you want to know that wasn't there?

cookie_me Posted 7 Mar 2010 , 8:54pm
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As far as learning , there is lots of info in the thread you just got to put it all toguether however it looks like a lot was omitted. Like what type of mixer an operation like that will use what type of oven, cooler , freezer. If someone is comptemplating opening a bussines this is the kind of info that will save you headakes and $$$. Since they being in bussines so long they allready sort most of this out. Of course4 every one asks about the secret recipe and if you start out with NFSC, you are in the right track , I have purchase their cookies and compared them to mine and most of my guinea pigs like mine better (NFSC) of course they had no idea wich was wich. As for the frosting (Icing) im still fighting that one one day it looks great and the next is trash time, but Im sure i will find something adequate eventually. There is lots of people with great ideas and experience in this club more than whilling to help. So dont be shy and spill the beans we are eager to learn. icon_rolleyes.gif

millicente Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:15pm
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I have the orignal recipe of all there cookies & frosting however they are in large volume so its hard to scale it down. I also have part of there training manual that I purchased from a bakery that closed down a few years back

tiggy2 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 7:27pm
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I have a calculator that scales down recipes if you're willing to share.

luv2bake6 Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 10:12pm
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Where can i get a calculator that scales recipes down?

Kiddiekakes Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 10:53pm
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I saw them featured on unwrapped one year and they showed how they ran the dough through a sheeter to get the right thickness..They didn't share any recipes though...The franchisee owners go to a university type school training for a week to learn how to decorate the cookies and speed and such and then return to train their employees.They also showed that coppergifts.com(I think..correct me if I am wrong) supplied them with alot of their cutters which are custom made to them only.As for anything else it didn't divulge..I too would like to learn more like where do they get their containers from to put the cookies in,some recipes like the icing I wouldn't mind having.

indydebi Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 11:54pm
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

I too would like to learn more like where do they get their containers from to put the cookies in,some recipes like the icing I wouldn't mind having.


These are also specially made for CbyD. I had one and it's stamped that it's trademarked and made for C by D.

tiggy2 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 1:06am

My husband bought it several years ago but I don't where.

cookie_me Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 10:34pm

millicente said: "I have the orignal recipe of all there cookies & frosting however they are in large volume so its hard to scale it down. I also have part of there training manual that I purchased from a bakery that closed down a few years back "

so are you willing to share ?

cookie_me Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 10:57pm

I found this scale down calculator in the web "IS FREE" http://www.handymath.com/cgi-bin/scaled11.cgi?submit=Entry ENJOY!!

luv2bake6 Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 2:12am

I just purchased a recipe calculator;; would love the recipes to work with if you're willing to share. Thanks!

bobwonderbuns Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 2:13am

Where did you get a recipe calculator?

luv2bake6 Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 2:18am

on ebay; it's called kitchen-calc. It scales down and up recipes. I googled kitchen calc and ebay had the better price then.

bobwonderbuns Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 2:29am

Very cool!! I'll have to check that out! icon_biggrin.gif

cookie_me Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 5:15pm

Found a much better FREE recipe calculator . Check it out http://www.fruitfromwashington.com/Recipes/scale/recipeconversions.php
Now all we need is the recipe, Right? icon_biggrin.gif

adonisthegreek1 Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 5:43pm

How do Cookies by Design cookies taste? What is the texture and flavor like? I've always wanted to do a taste test, but never wanted to pay $8 for one cookie.

We work with volume recipes and when I want to use them at home, I downscale them without a recipe calculator. I never even though about that. I guess that would be quick and easy.

Sara789 Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 10:23pm

millicente,

We're all dying for the recipes. Please share. I'm especially interested in their frosting. Thanks! icon_smile.gif

Alagoas Posted 27 Mar 2010 , 3:04pm

I'm interested in how they actually arrange their COOKIES and tissue paper...

I'd love to "get my hands on" that manual icon_redface.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 27 Mar 2010 , 3:16pm
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Originally Posted by adonisthegreek1

How do Cookies by Design cookies taste? What is the texture and flavor like? I've always wanted to do a taste test, but never wanted to pay $8 for one cookie.




I've had them before and honestly they're not very tasty. They are 1/2 inch thick and very crunchy with little taste. Like eating a crunchy cardboard box. They focus on the decorating rather than the "whole package" of taste and beauty. That's the first thing I teach my students -- if your creation is gorgeous and tastes like cardboard -- you've done it WRONG! icon_rolleyes.gif

adonisthegreek1 Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 6:30pm

Thanks for your response "Bobwonderbuns." I guess I haven't missed much by not trying them.

newmansmom2004 Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 6:48pm

I don't remember how or where I found it, but a few years ago I found the "Cookie Bouquet" cookie recipe online. Do some googling and you may find it.

HeidiCrumbs Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 7:01pm

I just recently bought a CbyD cookie for "research" and it was horrible. Like someone said, it's too crunchy, bland and just overall tastes like it came from a huge factory that pumps out cookies with no regard to flavor. Blech.

cathyscakes Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 7:25pm

I have kind of come to that conclusion. The cookie recipes that hold their shape and have crisp shapes, don't taste as good. At least that has been my experience. My favorite sugar cookie tastes great, but spreads to much, they don't look as pretty. The nfsc recipe doesn't taste that good to me, but it looks pretty. Oh well.

cindy58 Posted 4 Apr 2010 , 12:26am

I recently signed up for Cookies by Design email offers (it's near the top on their home page) because I like to check out their designs. The first email that they sent me contained a coupon for a free cookie.

TracyLH Posted 4 Apr 2010 , 2:59pm

Well, I have not tried one personally, but boy, have they helped me. Not to try to sound odd here, but people who have tried mine after having theirs rave over how mine taste in comparison. I am afraid the taste in their cookies might be lacking. Very cute design concepts though and I know that a lot of people here want to know how they do their icing, but it sounds like the cookie itself might not be too spiffy.

CookieMeister Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 7:25pm

I don't know about their recipes, or how they arrange or anything . . . but I wouldn't franchise with them if they were the last place on the face of the planet. You know why you have to charge $8/cookie? Have you seen their franchise fees???? You have to charge that much if you can even dream of ever turning a profit!

I inquired into a franchise a while back. It took them forever to even respond. Needless to say, I didn't pursue it much further than that. No thank you to a company that treats potential franchisees like a thorn in their side.

dahir Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 12:41pm

Has anyone found the icing recipe yet.

verono Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 8:18pm

I stopped by their location in Las Vegas.
Unfornutaly, it was close (Sunday... here shps aren't close on sundays..)
I was dispointed because I wanted to taste one of the cookies..
But I've seen their "showroom" from the outside..
I wasn't impress at all !! They look so much better on the website! The decorations on the cookies, wasn't delicate and I don't like how the icing was looking.. And the cookies was so thick!
Well, it boost my confidence in my cookies so much..lol!!!

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