I was wondering how some of you price your decorated sugar cookies and a gingerbread house?
I know roughly what the house costs in terms of ingredients, but because I made it in stages, it's difficult to determine how much time it took. I'm guessing not more than 2 hours total for assembly? Possibly less?
As for the cookies, I was told once that if I was decorating with fondant it was about $1/inch plus $1 for bag/ribbon. so for a 4" cookie, it would be $5. I find that kind of steep. But what about a RI flooded cookie? I'm trying to determine how to price some Christmas cookies for a flyer I'm going to put out.
When I priced my cookies I figured my materials, what I want to earn per hour (labor) and then compared to the competition (none locally, fortunately), and finally looked at the "$1 per inch" rule of thumb. (I figured my packaging precisely and came up close to $0.25 per cookie, not $1. That's an easy number to actually calculate.) I would think the same would apply to your gingerbread house.
There are lots of different opinions and geography/local market plays into your decision. Check out this link for some of the insight previously shared on this topic: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-681930-pricing.html+cookies
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
I've just finished calculating the cost of each of my cookies, and I've just ordered my packaging matrerials so I think I can get the actual cost down. I know the packaging on an individual cookie definitely isn't $1 especially since I just ordered cookie treat bags at 5 cents each.
I think where I'm really stumped is what to do for the gingerbread house. I've figured out that with the candy it's about $8-9 in materials, and maybe another $1 for the board and wrapping, if wrap it in cellophane much like a florist would. So, I'm wondering if $30-40 is too expensive? I haven't found any one ellikng them in my area to use as comparison.
Keep in mind when figuring the cost of the packaging the time involved! It's not just about the cost of the materials. DON'T undersell your time!