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post #16 of 49
i've never tried attaching RI "preflooded" before so i'm not sure if that would stick and stay or not. have you thought about using fondant? that would save flooding time.

i stick my cookies in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes before i put them on the cookie sheet. and they hold their shape really well. you may want to try that. i use the NFSC recipe i got off of here.
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post #17 of 49
I agree that fondant is faster than flooding. And, somebody on this site suggested placing the pre-cut fondant on the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. She said that the heat of the cookie sort of melts the fondant right into place without having to brush the cookies or the reverse side of the fondant to get it to stick. So, you could give that a try as the base color and then just have the piping to do after...
post #18 of 49
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Originally Posted by luddroth

I agree that fondant is faster than flooding. And, somebody on this site suggested placing the pre-cut fondant on the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. She said that the heat of the cookie sort of melts the fondant right into place without having to brush the cookies or the reverse side of the fondant to get it to stick. So, you could give that a try as the base color and then just have the piping to do after...



that's a good idea to put it on while they're still hot. never thought about that. when i'm baking, then i'm in that mind set and not the decorating set. icon_smile.gif always counting in my head to make sure i've gotten the right amount baked.
post #19 of 49
I also use fondant much easier than royal icing to dry anyways. While the cookies are baking I am cutting the fondant and I also put the top layer on when the cookies are still warm. I have sample of few cookies I have done. HTH
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post #20 of 49
I did these cookies with chocolate transfers.......mad the baby in the pea pod a few days ahead and then peeled them off the wax paper, flooded the cookie and left a bit of a hole just in the center and pushed the chocolate baby onto the cookie, sinking it down so it was flush with the rest of the white chocolate......simple and quick!
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post #21 of 49
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Those are wonderful ideas...love the sweet pea babies! It was the guesstimated time frame I was curious about to determine if I was going to be able to do them in royal (general preference of those they'd be for as well as myself...although, I never thought of chocolate...I bet they'd opt for that!). I'll try a pre-flooded piece to see how well it does.
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post #22 of 49
the chocolate is awesome because it sets up SO quickly.......no waiting hours before you can stack or bag them!! Not good when it's warm out though!
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post #23 of 49
I'm the slowest decorator on the planet! But then, I tend to gravitate towards intricate designs that doom me to spending way-y-y more time per cookie than is probably reasonable. The flower cookies I just recently posted took me nine hours to decorate 22 cookies. (Outlining is a real time killer!)

My husband asked me to do some cookies for the Elks Club annual Easter egg hunt later this month. He assured me that they could be simple cookies. I responded, "I don't DO simple."
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post #24 of 49
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Those are stunning! I would love to do more detailed ones...I'd be pushing it though...
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post #25 of 49
The last thing you want to do is rush the process, when you finish the last of the 200 cookies you want to be able to sit back and be happy with what you've made, not sit them and feel ho hum because you were rushed and didn't do your best.

When I first started out and I had a dilemma like this, I would sit down and decorate 1 cookie, start to finish and then X's that by 200...that was the time alottment I used in figuring up my price!
Then when it came time to actually do the decorating, I would set it up assembly line fashion and I always finished under my "estimated time" but I was still paid what I estimated.......better to high ball the time needed, than to cut yourself short in the end!
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post #26 of 49
if you work production line it shouldn't take 15 minutes per cookie. susan(gemini) was mistaken...i am the slowest decorator...lol the other day i did 3 dozen cookies that i think took me 6 hours. the longest part for me is mixing all the icing colors. if i have 4 colors i make a fill and an outline for each color. that usually takes me at least an hour.
i have also found that the more cookies i do the less time it takes. outline and fill all one color. then the next... i could do 6 dozen cookies in the same time as 4 dozen.
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post #27 of 49
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"better to high ball the time needed"

No doubt! These are for my daughters so the desire to make them highly decorative is on my list but not hiiiiiiiiigh on my list...getting them done and done neatly and plain would make me a happy camper.

I was just thinking, if it took the cookie masters X amount of time, I'd have a goal to look toward but also I could adjust that to my experience level (like, multiply their time X 4 or something) to give me an approximate time allotment for doing them.

When I did the angel cookies (they're not the best but anyway), I had 31 bags of icing colors...some of the colors had 2 different consistencies(black, white...). I wasn't timing myself though.

Last night, I ventured into Flickr....OMG!!!!!!!!! Ya'll are AMAAAAAAAAAAZING! For hours, I looked at them in total awe....yeah, I'd love to do some of the techniques used on those cookies for my daughters' cookies....
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post #28 of 49
I think if we all set a timer we'd be shocked at just how much TIME is actually spent on the cookies! There is a reason they cost more per serving than cake!
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post #29 of 49
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I ordered cutters on ebay Friday. They came yesterday! They're in the bubbles now. I need to collect the others from the cutter bin to wash. Butter is on the counter. I think I'll make the dough today, cut them out and freeze them on parchment sheets tomorrow, make a batch of icing to play around with the pre-flooded idea today along with timing myself (don't know why I didn't think of that before...)
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post #30 of 49
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Originally Posted by kneadacookie

if you work production line it shouldn't take 15 minutes per cookie. susan(gemini) was mistaken...i am the slowest decorator...lol the other day i did 3 dozen cookies that i think took me 6 hours. the longest part for me is mixing all the icing colors. if i have 4 colors i make a fill and an outline for each color. that usually takes me at least an hour.
i have also found that the more cookies i do the less time it takes. outline and fill all one color. then the next... i could do 6 dozen cookies in the same time as 4 dozen.



If you do the math, it took me 24.5 minutes per cookie to your 10 minutes per cookie, making me s-l-o-w-e-r! I agree that doing mass quantities results in less-time-per-cookie than smaller quantities. It's often the prep work that takes the most time!
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