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post #1 of 52
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I'm thinking of adding drop cookies to my menu (chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.). I made a batch of chocolate chip last night and it cost me $6.44 to make (got 28 cookies at 1.5 oz each). I was shocked! I assumed it would be less, but the chocolate chips alone were almost $3 and it took a whole bag. I googled around to see what people are charging for their drop cookies in my area and I got anywhere from $3.50 for two dozen up to $10 per dozen. Hubby suggested I go in the middle with $8 per dozen. I know prices are different depending on where you are, but what are you guys charging for drop cookies?
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post #2 of 52
I just added up what my costs are for my choc chip. Mine uses all 3 kinds of sugar, butter AND oil. Ballpark, it costs me slightly under $15 to make a batch that yields over 200 cookies, using the #24 scoop. This breaks down to less than $1 per dozen. (I use 3/4 of a 72-ounce bag of choc chips to a batch ... to give you an idea of batch size, I use 18 cups of flour and 8 sticks of butter .... uh, margarine.)

I charge $6/dozen. That's only $0.50 each. For anyone who thinks that's too high, I send them to Subway, Arby's and Starbucks, where they are welcome to pay $0.79 to $1.50 per cookie if they want.

Can you or are you buying supplies at the grocery or at Sam's? The 72 oz bag of choc chips from Sam's is $8.38 = $0.116 per ounce. To equate this to a 12-oz bag at the grocery, 12 oz's would be $1.39, which I believe is way cheaper than a bag at the grocery.
post #3 of 52
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Hey indydebi. I didn't get a notice that anyone had replied.

For right now I'm stuck buying at the grocery store. My only other option is to go to Sam's, but they don't have the brands I like (flour, sugar, butter). I'm kinda brand friendly, which I know is probably stupid, but I have seen a change for the better in my sugar cookies since I switched flour and sugar brands (Pillsbury's Best flour and Domino's sugar). Sam's and a public restaurant supply store that sells bulk food items basically sell the same off-brands (off-brands to us grocery store people anyway). I'll have to do some research and see if I can buy larger quantities and get a better unit price, or I'll just have to stock up when things are on sale. Good thing we just closed on our first house last night and it's got lots of storage! Hubby is gonna love it when he opens a cupboard and sees nothing but sugar and flour. icon_smile.gif
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post #4 of 52
Grocery pricing does make a big diff. I thought of another diff that may be making an impact... when I say "butter", that ALWAYS mean "Imperial Brand Margarine" which costs me less than $0.35/cup ($0.67/lb).

There are some things that I'm brand loyal on, too. Peter Pan peanut butter or nothing (I donated $45 worth of Sysco peanut butter to a food bank because one taste on the end of my finger told me it was NOT going to work.) Nestle's choc chips only. Sun-Maid raisins (tried the 50-lb box of Sysco raisins and they had a bitter aftertaste).
post #5 of 52
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brand loyal....that's what I meant to say. LOL!

The recipe I used called for butter-flavored Crisco and I'm not buying that, so I used 50/50 real butter and regular Crisco (half cup of each making the butter $0.75 per cup). The biggest cost was the chocolate chips, so finding those in larger quantities and hopefully a cheaper unit cost is first one my list!

Thank you for replying indydebi!
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post #6 of 52
Must get Sam's Club card!!!

I'm trying to start up a deal with a local gift basket company and have told them that I will be charging about $10 a lb. (their request of quantity) They are also very small cookies, think Famous Amos size, but it comes out to about 3/4 of a regular batch of cookies to make the pound. I use the other 1/4 to fulfill my DH's need to eat whatever I bake! HTH
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post #7 of 52
I've seen several people say they don't like butter Crisco, but I have a couple of butter Crisco recipes that are just plain yummy!! Maybe we don't have the refined taste that others do icon_biggrin.gif but everyone loves my white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (It's just Crisco's chocolate chip recipe, substituting white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts for semi-sweet and pecans) and my peanut butter cookies made with butter flavored Crisco. They're melt in your mouth goodness! icon_lol.gif
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post #8 of 52
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I just don't want to buy another tub of Crisco when it takes me so long to get rid of the regular stuff (i don't use it for cakes, icings, or any other recipes for that matter). I've never had the butter flavor, but I just don't want to buy it if I don't think I'm going to use it.
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post #9 of 52
Check your local Sam's again, have you been lately? I went there and found they have more name brand baking suppies now. They had Nestle chocolate chips, Guittard chocolate chips and Domino sugar. I thought they just had these items for the Xmas holiday, but they are still carrying them.
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post #10 of 52
Ah, ok. I'm lazy and buy the Crisco sticks icon_biggrin.gif Of course, I only make cakes on occasion, so it's not a huge expense to me!
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post #11 of 52
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I guess it's more of the wasted cupboard space for me than the cost (we only have 4 cabinets total in our kitchen right now). Maybe I'll have to break down and buy the butter stuff when we move. icon_smile.gif

I'll have to send mom again to check out Sam's. She is the one with the membership. That would be nice if I could at least get the choc chips cheaper. They are so worth it though! icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 52
Ahhh! Only 4 cabinets?? You poor thing! I have a decent amount of cabinet/pantry space and I STILL run out of places to put things!! icon_razz.gif
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post #13 of 52
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Believe me, that was the first thing I checked out when we were looking at houses.....the size of the kitchen. icon_smile.gif There is a little pantry/closet that I claimed for all of my cookie/cake stuff. Woohoo!!

We just went tonight to get the keys and unlock the doors for the first time as homeowners. We're such dorks. icon_smile.gif
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post #14 of 52
Aw, not dorks! How exciting! icon_biggrin.gif We'd be doing the same thing!!!
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post #15 of 52
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Yah, hubby even took a pic of me and our realtor (who is also a friend) when she handed me the keys. LOL!
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