How Does Cookies By Design ......

Baking By 1234me Updated 10 Oct 2007 , 8:03pm by tayesmama

1234me Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 10:44pm
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get their icing so straight and flat? Anyone know? they don't use royal, seems like a buttercream type. I use buttercream and flatten it with the viva method but they nevet look that good! Any tips or thoughts on how it is done.

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fragglerock1 Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 11:07pm
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I've never had their cookies so i couldn't say, but what is the paper towel method.

KHalstead Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 11:12pm
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some of them look like royal icing and others look like they've covered them in fondant with royal icing accents......I personally love covering them in easy and quick.....just use the same cookie cutter you use to cut the cookies out and as soon as they come out of the oven put the mmf on top and it will melt onto the cookie.....then leave them to cool until it firms up again adn they're ready to add royal icing details.......quick and simple and you don't have to wait forever for the background color to harden overnight before you can add details like with royal icing

indydebi Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 11:14pm
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I dont' know about the C by D in your area, but we bought a small bouquet of theirs once so we could check out the competition and we were appalled at how "un-smooth" the icing was. Seriously, my 4 year old granddaughter did a better smoothing job than what we saw on those cookies!

gidgetsmom Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 11:26pm
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I agree with indydebi - I've gotten and sent several of their bouquets and they were not that spactacular in person - nice but that's about it. And I've seen both royal-like and buttercream style icings on them...

dahir Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 11:30pm
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Their icing is a trade secret. It is a buttercream style that hardens enough to be bagged. I think the details on their cookies is awesome and I've heard from lots of people that it tastes great. Never eaten one myself but I did have a working interview with them and the icing is of buttercream consistancy.

mitsel8 Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 12:58am
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Hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings, but despite the pretty decorations, and I do think they are very cute, I find them inedible. The icing is so thick and way too sweet. And, the taste of the cookie was forgetable.

yankeegal Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 1:06am
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Someone on this board worked/or works for them....maybe they will see this post and divulge some trade secrets....I don't like the taste personally (and the cost-Mama Mia!) but they do put together some cute bouquets.

nefgaby Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 1:10am
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I´m curious too!!

aligotmatt Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 1:14am
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I'm doing a wedding in June and the father of the bride used to own a Cookies By Design and we're bartering some of the price for all of his cookie cutters (200!) and his decorating books. I'll certainly clue in my cc friends when I get it icon_smile.gif

bella9 Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 3:23am
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I love their Valentine's Day bouquet!!!! How can they get such intricate details
on the cookie?

paolacaracas Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 3:41am
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Does this cookies taste good? I have never tasted one, but for I can see thay are too thick and have way too match sugar on top, and do they come covered? how do they keep them fresh? do the make them before or after the order is placed?
I know I sound a bit crazy about details, but we worry sooooooo much that everything is fresh and taste good, I think that is the most important part

BooBooKitty Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 6:44am
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Originally Posted by aligotmatt

I'm doing a wedding in June and the father of the bride used to own a Cookies By Design and we're bartering some of the price for all of his cookie cutters (200!) and his decorating books. I'll certainly clue in my cc friends when I get it icon_smile.gif

thumbs_up.gif Good Luck!! icon_biggrin.gif

Ohhhh my goodness look at their prices. I had no idea, I am really new to cookies (very new lol) but still I had no idea there was cookies out there that cost that much. icon_surprised.gif

jamhays Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 6:50am
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my aunt & Cousin sent me cookies from there when my son was born. The cookies were adorable LOOKING...but I almost broke my teeth on them! They were hard as rocks & not just the cookie itself was hard & thick.

I would NEVER spend the kind of money they're asking for, on cookies that tasted like those did.

fmandds Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:01am
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I have purchased and received a bouquet of theirs. I love their designs. Their icing does taste like a buttercream but it dries SO hard. Too hard for my tastes. I feel like I'm going to chip a tooth. I end up putting them into a bag with a piece of bread overnight and then I eat. Or I dip generously into a cup of milk.

MariaLovesCakes Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 6:40pm
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I am going to have to buy some to see what they taste like now. I bought a small bouquet years ago (about 8 yrs) for my husband for Valentines and I paid about $30.00 for about 5 cookies at the time. They were pretty good that I can recall. Nice and buttery. But I can't remember about the icing.

There is one franchise close to where I live. Maybe I will go there and buy some...

They also had a job opening and I was SOOOOOO tempted to apply... icon_biggrin.gif

cambo Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 6:52pm
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Personally, the best thing about CbyD is their website! They have wonderful designs, but that's as far as it goes IMOI! The cookies on the website look NOTHING like what you get in reality (just a bunch of H.S. kids working behind the scenes at my local CbyD)....just stop in a shop and see for yourself. But, be sure to look on the rack of "to be delivered" bouquets. Quite disappointing for that kind of pocket change! And, no kidding, their cookies are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick and taste horrible (again, IMOI)......AND they are NOT individually wrapped. So, when you tear into the beautiful wrapping on the outside, you're left with exposed cookies! We used to get deliveries from them often where I worked, and once they were open, people handled them all the time because they were curious! That's just nasty!

HOWEVER, aside from all my negativity about their product, to their credit.....what a genious marketing concept!

glory2god Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:02pm
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7 cookies for $51.50??? give me the money and i will bake my own.

rezzygirl Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:07pm
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I have to chime in here....
I have never ordered from CBD. But I did order from Corso cookies because I was curious about taste, thickness and how they package them. They were EXACTLY as pictured and the texture was excellent. The cookies were slightly dry but had a very good taste. Not bad to bite into either. I ordered the 5 cookie birthday one and it came 3 days later.

here is their site:

BTW... I ordered through another site that didn't say they would be corso cookies. I didn't realize that until I got the box with their branding all over it!! The price was the same though.


thecakemaker Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:35pm
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Someone sent me cookies from C by D once. The cookies were delish as was the icing. They were very cute! Nicely made and packaged. They are expensive though.


jstritt Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:44pm
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I used to work for C by D. The icing is buttercream (special recipe) and if it is decorated properly, it comes out smooth. I used to shake the cookie a little, and the icing would flow together. I loved the taste of the cookies and the icing. Unfortunately, I had to move because of DH's job, and I had to quit working there. I loved it!

nefgaby Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 7:48pm
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Did you ever make this special BC recipe?

MariaLovesCakes Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 8:43pm
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I figured that the icing was not a Royal Icing type one. icon_smile.gif

Maybe as far as the decorations go, it depends on franchise. I have to check out the one close to me to see what good or bad of a job they do.

But at least I would think that the owners would want to keep a minimum standard of taste and appearance...

jstritt Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 9:05pm
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I never made the icing. The owner made it a few times. The franchisee has a choice to use the C by D recipe or to use C by D premade frosting. She mostly used the premade stuff becuase the humidity where the store was located was so high.

tayesmama Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 10:30pm
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I received a bouquet when I had my first son (about 4 years ago) and I have to admit, I thought it tasted great, was decorated great, and overall, I didn't have a problem with it. I received a couple cookies about 2 years ago from them and again they were wonderful. There was store here in SD that I went into before and they were very nice and the cookies looked good. Hmmm, I guess it just depends on the franchised location... icon_smile.gif

cookiecreations Posted 24 Jan 2007 , 12:18am
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I've never had a CBD cookie or know anyone that has, but did see a special on Foodnetwork about 2 years ago featuring them. I think, but could be mistaken since it was SO long ago, that the lady said they use RI. I was fascinated as the ladies were decorating the cookies and how they do those designs! Apparently they train their people to decorate each cookie in like 3 minutes! Anyone know if that is actually true? Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes to do just one icon_lol.gif What I remember the most is that they featured a person receiving a cookie bouquet and she was struggling to take a bite and finally had to just break off a piece and she really struggled! It was a horrible site to watch on TV! icon_lol.gif

Anyone know how to make a BC icing that works like RI???? I'm curious.

I'd LOVE some of their cookie cutters though, they're amazing!

baker4life Posted 24 Jan 2007 , 3:16am
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I had some of the cookies & I personally didn't like them. They were like rocks, very little taste.

Some of their designs, though, were really cute. I know it takes alot of work designing these cookies, I also do bouquets like them, but I still wouldn't pay that much for them.

kneadacookie Posted 24 Jan 2007 , 3:51am
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you could definately use dental work after eating them. they are so thick you have to use your back teeth to bite them. i did not like the flavor of the cookie or the icing. i think whatever they put in them is supposed to be able to last for a long time. but they sure are paying for it in the tasting. i'm curious if they bake and decorate each order right on site???

MariaLovesCakes Posted 24 Jan 2007 , 12:32pm
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Around Xmas time, they were showing a lot of cookie shows, and I believe that's where I saw the part where they showed Cookies By Design and how they decorate their cookies. It was pretty cool to see how they decorate them. But the icing was way too thick to be Royal icing... Mmmm, they didn't say that it was though.

thecakemaker Posted 24 Jan 2007 , 1:27pm
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This doesn't pertain to C by D but I have to throw this in here. Have you ever had a cookie from Starbucks? I bought my son a cookie with chocolate chunks in it and ended up standing in line to take it back! It was so hard that there's no way you could eat the thing! Maybe it has to do with how fresh they are. . . I'll never buy another cookie from Starbucks though!


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