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post #61 of 131
mitsel, I love your cookies too! But I notice on some you have like a black outline. Do you do that after you've painted the cookie and while it's still wet?

Also, where do you get your cutters? I love the ones you did for candyland. Please can you tell?

ORIGINAL creator of Gelatin Bubbles

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post #62 of 131
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hijack this thread!
Thanks for all the nice compliments.
Those candyland cookies were so much fun!
I made templates for all of them except for the "ice cream cone," that one was just a cheap, plastic, cookie cutter from a set that a friend gave me.
I do use an outline sometimes. The black outline was done first, but I did "paint" inside the outlines. I also sometimes pipe the outline on after I do the background color, like in my Christmas tree cookies.
post #63 of 131
mitsel8---Sorry I didn't explain myself very well. What I meant was the depth of the icing on the cookie (not consistancy). I was wondering if by painting you got a less think layer of icing.

Cindy
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post #64 of 131
cindy6250,
sorry, I misunderstood, I guess the layer is a bit thinner.
post #65 of 131
Thanks for the information. I am decorating cookies this weekend and I am going to try the painting method and see how it works for me.

Cindy
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post #66 of 131
When i put thinned royal on my cookies a drop of icing will fade back into the bowl within 6-8 seconds.

Do you think that would be a good consistency for painting?

Thanks

Julia
post #67 of 131
acookieobsession-
That sounds good. Unfortunately, I don't have any icing made up right now to look at it. I would just try it out till it works. If it spreads evenly and doesn't flow over the edge, it's just right.
post #68 of 131
Thread Starter 
I've never thought about painting on the royal icing - do you need to outline the cookie first so it doesn't drip off the sides? I prefer the clean edges.
post #69 of 131
When I do my cookies, I thin the royal icing to a point where I can outline and flood with the same consistency and not have overrun and at the same time I don't see any line distinguishing the outline and the flooded part. That's also how I teach my students.
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post #70 of 131
Tscookies-
I'll PM you with some more info.
I'm afraid this thread has gooten off track with all my yapping!
post #71 of 131
Ok thanks.


So then to get back to this issue at hand....What other tricks can you tell us?? Spill the beans girls, surely there is SOMETHING they are protecting with the privacy clause....
post #72 of 131
Thread Starter 
I'd like to know how long - from start to finish - a 7 cookie bouquet takes to complete. Including baking, decorating and packaging. Is it possible to estimate this kind of time?

Also, how do they handle holidays (like Valentine's Day), when they go from a few $ to $40,000 in one month. I need to figure out how to produce in mass quantities, so I'm looking for tips/proven methods there.

Thanks!
post #73 of 131
Tscookies,

From working @ CbD, I can tell you that baking was about 25 minutes, decorating took about 15 minutes or less (avg. time/cookie was less than 2 minutes), and packaging, with the buckets/quick-set cement/sticks all ready to go (I was a decorator, and they have dedicated packagers, so I only ever saw parts of the process), took about 10 minutes.

Holidays, depending on which one, either meant more hours worked, or a few more decorators hired to handle the workload.

HTH,

~ Scott
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post #74 of 131
Back to the "red" question--I add a little maroon to the Americolor Super Red and it deepens and make the red look richer.
post #75 of 131
Scott,

You knwo what I would really like to know? Hwo do they do the same day delivery? How does the icing set hard enough to be able to bake, ool, decorate, dry, and package all in time for it to be sent out later that day? Is that on of the benefits of painting the cookie with the thinner laye or icing?


Thanks

Julia
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