Echooo3 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 5:53pm
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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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peg818 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 6:57pm
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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.

Echooo3 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:24pm
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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!!

DeeDelightful Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:42pm
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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.

Bethlezia Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:51pm
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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.

Echooo3 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:53pm
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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.

DeeDelightful Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:55pm
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Echooo3, what's the best thing to use to get nice, even sized cookies? Do you use an ice cream scoop?

indydebi Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:58pm
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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.

Echooo3 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 8:02pm
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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!!

cheriej Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 8:13pm

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

Echooo3 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 8:17pm

DeeDelightful, if I were to make drop cookies, I would use and ice cream scoop for sure.

GeminiRJ Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 6:00pm

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!

Echooo3 Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 6:08pm

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.

indydebi Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 6:11pm

I wonder what kind of price they were thinking it might be? icon_rolleyes.gif

Echooo3 Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 6:14pm

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.

leily Posted 15 Aug 2010 , 12:18pm

they probably couldn't do the math of $3.25 x 1600. $3.25 probably didn't sound to bad for each cookie, but they didn't do the math to see what the final cost would be.

kansaslaura Posted 15 Aug 2010 , 12:35pm

Well, off they go then!

I took a step back and gasped at some "decorated sugar cookies" either Wal-Mart or Dillions had out at Valentines. They were a thick cookie with the message rasied up in the dough (must have been baked in a mold and flipped out) and sprinkled with red sugar.. the cost?? $1.50. FOR THAT??

What do they think?? They think it's just a cookie, you're just putting a 1 on them, how tough can that be.??

Suggest they waddle over to the slice and bake cookie dough and grab 100 tubes or so and get busy and just bake 1600 of THOSE!! Not talking mixing, rolling, cutting and decorating.

They'll see very quickly why you charge what you do.

GeminiRJ Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 11:55am

Seriously, I don't know how anyone makes money selling cookies. At least, not in my area. A friend wanted me to make some cookies for a briadal shower, and I said I'd do them for $2 each (they wanted a complicated, special design). When she told the price to the other women putting the shower together, they promptly had heart attacks that "just cookies" could cost so much. Yet a cupcake shop moved into the complex where I work, and people couldn't buy the cupcakes fast enough....at $3.25 each! NO decoration, just a swirl of icing. And the cupcakes were dry! I'm definitely in the wrong business!

Echooo3 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 12:58pm

Gemini, I hear ya. The real problem is I LOVE to do decorated cookies. I also sell cakes but I keep my price of my cookies at $3.25 because if someone really wants them, they pay that price for them, otherwise, it's a "nice to have". Your cookies are awesome and definately worth more!!

Echooo3 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 2:44pm

I've got an answer from the company that wants 1600 decorated sugar cookies. Their budget is $800, so that 50 cents per cookie.

Seriously?

CookieMeister Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 2:47pm

Forget that!

indydebi Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 5:17pm

Hello walmart? I'd like 75 bags of Oreos .... to go.

GeminiRJ Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 5:36pm
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Originally Posted by Echooo3

I've got an answer from the company that wants 1600 decorated sugar cookies. Their budget is $800, so that 50 cents per cookie.

Seriously?




Now it's MY turn to have the heart attack! 50 cents?! Wow. Ditto what indydebi said!!!

kansaslaura Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 5:52pm
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Originally Posted by Echooo3

I've got an answer from the company that wants 1600 decorated sugar cookies. Their budget is $800, so that 50 cents per cookie.

Seriously?




Talk about Champagne taste on a beer budget!

... if you don't mind me asking, what does this company do that ordered the cookies??

Echooo3 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 6:00pm

kansaslaura, they provide human resources outsourcing and consulting services

kansaslaura Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 6:10pm
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kansaslaura, they provide human resources outsourcing and consulting services




I'm shaking my head here, I had at least hoped they were some kind of non-profit charity something-or-other who had to scrape up pennies to buy these. I guess they better get the staff together and assign baking duties.

PS....I'm pretty sure they wouldn't devalue their services like they just did to yours.

ChefAngie Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 6:16pm

If you have access to a commercial kitchen-yes you can.
Assembly line.
Happy Baking and Decorating,
Chef Angie

CookieMeister Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 2:43pm
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kansaslaura, they provide human resources outsourcing and consulting services




In my daytime life, I am a human resources professional. Please let me assure you, not all of us are THAT cheap.

Bluehue Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 3:09pm
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Originally Posted by Echooo3

I've got an answer from the company that wants 1600 decorated sugar cookies. Their budget is $800, so that 50 cents per cookie.

Seriously?




LOL - did you tell them .... "i don't get out of bed for that"
50 cents - *pffftttt* .....so ridiculous its enough to make one cry.

Glad to read you stood your ground - you know what you are worth.... thumbs_up.gif

Bluehue

luv2bake6 Posted 18 Aug 2010 , 2:35am

seriously, it's an insult; so not worth even turning on the oven! indydebi is right, as always, let them call Walmart.

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