cakelady2266 Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 7:33pm
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Occasionally I get a request for decorated cookies. But since I don't do them on a regular basis I'm a little lost on pricing and minimum order size. I figure the minimum should be at least 3 dozen. What is a good price scale for a 3 -4 inch cookie decorated in royal icing?

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Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 8:53pm
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$1.00 per inch so if the cookie is 3 inches ...$3.00 each..The more intricate designs like fondant covered..more money.Then I charge $50 cents for packaging and ribbon..Cookies are VERY time consuming so I won't take orders for anything less than 1 dozen.

playingwithsugar Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:01pm
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I watched this topic to see what answers came up.

Kiddiekakes -

Are you still charging only $1 per inch? That was the standard price when I first joined CC. I thought that it would be more by now, because of the hefty ingredient price rises since then.

Opinions, anyone?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:04pm
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I actually changed my prices about 2 years ago to $5.00 each..period..I hate cookies so if I am going to do them I mind as well get paid well..The norm though from what I have read on here is $1.00 and inch...I say higher...

playingwithsugar Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:18pm
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We haven't talked extensively about cookie prices here for so long, that I wasn't aware members were still charging the same as before.

Thanks, Kiddie!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:27pm
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Anytime Theresa..actually ever since I changed my price I have had no orders...Go Figure...Ha!ha! But I don't really care cause like I said..I hate doing them so....

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:36pm
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I charge starting at $2 a cookie with a 1 dozen minimum.

Im in spruce grove alberta!!!!!

I usually charge more, $2 is icing smeared on a cookie lol, above that is the nice stuff!


My wiggles cookie bouquet (in my album) Was $35 for 5 cookies. so $7 a cookie (and that was a discount for a friend!)

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:43pm
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Sweetheart....Do you sell alot of cookies?? When I first starting offereing them about 4 years ago I was charging $1.50 a cookie..Every...and I mean every customer was ordering cookies for the loot bags along with their cake order but I found myself doing 10 times more cookies than cakes for less money and I was getting burnt out so I said something has to go....and since I really didn't like the time it took to do cookies...I jumped the price but now no one will pay $5.00 a cookie...which I somewhat understand but if they knew how long it takes to do a cookie from start to finish....so now I just mostly do cakes and also raised my prices last spring so I am doing less for more...

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:48pm
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I dont sell alot. But I dont sell cakes. My business is Candy.

People complain about my price and use the "walmart" line. And I just say " If you want walmart cookies all the power to you, but if you want something custom, Im here"

I like cookies more then cakes. But thats just me icon_smile.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:53pm

Ha !Ha!..Well glad you and not me...I love the look just impatient doing them...There is a reakly great cookie maker on Flickr named Sugarbelle..Fantastic cookies!!!Beautiful....

I get the same thing with cake though....they want a fancy custom cake and don't want to pay the price!!

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 9:58pm

I know sugarbelle, Lots of her cookies faved, and extremely helpful!

Hey what are your health rules in calgary? (just wondering if they are different then up here)

And I would like to like your facebook, do you have one?

adonisthegreek1 Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:01pm

Decorated cookies are expensive. I really don't care for doing them, so I charge at least $5 per cookie. Cookies by Design charges $95.99 for a 12 cookie basket. That averages $8 per cookie, of course hat includes the basket and packaging though.

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:02pm

Well I have to have a separate kitchen away from my home one which I do.Hubby built me a cake room.Double sinks Hot water etc...Refrigerater that is at the right temp for food storage..It may have changed as I have had my room almost 10 years now so the health regs may be strictor by now I don't know..I don't have a facebook page for my business as it costs money and I didn't want to spend it advertising on facebook...Mostly word of mouth and former/present clients...

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:04pm

Costs money?

It doesnt cost money for facebook, totally free!!

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:07pm

Not that I know of..I went on the link that said make your business page and filled out all the stuff and at the end it shows a price and how do I want to pay so I deleted it..I tried this a few times and same thing...so now I just go to my freewebs site and send a blast email to facebook through them and my website link shows up...Hvae never had any orders through there anyways so...

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:10pm

OH!it wanted you to make an ad!

You dont have to do that, You want to make a PAGE. here go to mine www.facebook.com/sweetheartconfections1

And on the left side scroll down and it will say "create own page"

That one is free icon_smile.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:11pm

Ah ha...You're the best....I'll think about it..I am already super busy and it's just me...LOL

Thanks I do appreciate the link!!


Actually the link isn't working....

Laurel icon_smile.gif

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:17pm

hahahaha

Oops I spelt it wrong!

Got to edit, check again!

motherofgrace Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 10:18pm

no problem, gotta look out for my fellow albertains LOL

cakelady2266 Posted 16 Jan 2011 , 2:21am

Thanks yall. Decorated cookies are a pain in the a**. But since I'm updating my price list I want to make sure I got a good price on them, so good in fact I hope that I'm not bothered with having to do them LOL.

Facebook is free and great advertisement. I didn't buy the ad with them though, just made a business page and started making albums. Every time I do a cake I can easily upload the picture, post it to my profile. I have NO idea how to add anything to my website. But I usually get more birthdays, showers and stuff like that than weddings.

GeminiRJ Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 1:53am

I rarely ever sell my cookies. One, I'm not licensed. Two, no one who asks for them wants to pay what they're worth. For example: I was asked by a good friend of my sister's how much I'd charge for some baby shower cookies, using an intricate design that the mom-to-be wanted. I was feeling generous, and said I'd do them for $2 each. Long pause. "Oh, the other ladies organizing the shower would NEVER pay that much for a COOKIE!" Not surprised. Sigh.

motherofgrace Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 2:32am

$2 for one of your gem????

She was getting the deal of a lifetime!

indydebi Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 3:10am
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Originally Posted by -Sweetheart-

People complain about my price and use the "walmart" line. And I just say " If you want walmart cookies all the power to you, but if you want something custom, Im here"



YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thumbs_up.gif

donnlara Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 3:11am

I haven't done cookies for customers before, but did have a recent interaction...I received a call a few days before Thanksgiving from a regular corporate customer asking for cookies for gifts for some of their clients. They would have needed them 3 days from the call...I wasn't interested in figuring out pricing, etc in that short time frame, so just told my client that I could do cupcakes, but not cookies. She sounded quite irritated by my response and I haven't heard from them since, I don't know why they thought I did cookies all of a sudden when I'd only done cakes for them before!

motherofgrace Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 3:14am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by -Sweetheart-

People complain about my price and use the "walmart" line. And I just say " If you want walmart cookies all the power to you, but if you want something custom, Im here"


YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thumbs_up.gif





LOL I learned that from you!!!

GeminiRJ Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 1:03pm

I brought into work the Valentine cookies I posted last week (Hearts & Bows), and more than one person commented, "you could make money selling these." Again, the $2 per cookie price came up, as in "I bet you could even get as much as $2 each!" That wouldn't even net me minimum wage! People have no clue the amount of work that goes into decorated cookies!

scp1127 Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 2:13pm

GeminiRJ, your cookies are fabulous!

Sugar_N_Spice_Cakes Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 4:24pm

Glad I found this thread. Customer wanted a 2 tier hello kitty cake w/ smash cake. I quoted $100 which I thought was reasonable. She emailed and asked how much w/out the smash cake. I knocked $10 off. She emails back... Sorry, just found out my mom is buying me a cake... Can you make 25 hello Kitty cookies? I'm hoping she balks at the price, cookies are not worth the time.

GeminiRJ Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 6:27pm
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GeminiRJ, your cookies are fabulous!




Thank you! It's very nice of you to say!

Sugar N Spice Cakes, I'm sure she thinks cookies will be LOTS cheaper! If you want an easy out, you could always tell her you can't do the cookies because of copyright issues.

Dreme Posted 20 Jan 2011 , 5:51am
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Originally Posted by GeminiRJ

I brought into work the Valentine cookies I posted last week (Hearts & Bows), and more than one person commented, "you could make money selling these." Again, the $2 per cookie price came up, as in "I bet you could even get as much as $2 each!" That wouldn't even net me minimum wage! People have no clue the amount of work that goes into decorated cookies!




Amen!

They really don't. The longer I spend on each cookie the higher the price.

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