My creation, originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs. Last time I posted, I was fretting about the amount I would have to charge for cookies decorated with flowers like the ones shown above. In order to make a decent (equal to the pizza delivery guy's) hourly wage, I would have to charge about $40/dz. and that didn't seem like a very competitive price. Most of the places I've found online charge less than $36/dz., usually around $30. Well, I may have found a way to balance my prices so that the finished price per dozen averages less than $30. For the anniversary cookie order I was working on, I decorated 1/2 the cookies with the marshmallow fondant and the gumpaste flowers, but for the other 1/2, I just coated the cookies with white icing and sprinkled them with sanding sugar. They look gorgeous with the other cookies and only took about 45 min. (start to finish) to make. That means I could probably charge around $12/dz for those and come out okay. So…a dozen fancy cookies-$40 + a dozen "filler" cookies -$12 = $52 for two dozen cookies or $26/dozen. No, this is not my firm/final price, but probably pretty close to what I'll be charging when I get this business underway.
Hi! I'm Emily. I've been a cookie baker since I was first allowed to use the kitchen as a kid. I love to make cookies! About 12 years ago I started making decorated cookies and occasionally selling them at craft shows, etc. Now, I'm in the planning and research phase of starting a "gourmet/artisan cookie business". I find that blogging helps to keep me on task and focused on my goals. I plan to share everything I learn as I go through this process and hopefully connect with other successful bakers!