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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cookie Order Forms

Hi all!  I'm back from #CookieCon2015 !  What an amazing time, filled with cookies and friends!

So much to share.  I'll start with the forms that I promised to those that attended my class at CookieCon.  Thank you, by the way, for attending!  It was amazing to meet so many people and talk to them about their businesses.  I hope that I was able to offer some helpful advice.

On to the forms!

This first one is filled out after all of the details for an order have been finalized.  Every detail goes on this form.  I think all of the fields are pretty self-explanatory.

Once the payment has been made, it goes into my binder.  I have dividers for each month.  The order forms go behind the correct month, in chronological order.

Yes, this is rather old school.  I like having this piece of paper in front of me while decorating.

Just click her for my Cookie Order Form.  It will take you to the xcel document shared on Microsoft's OneDrive. Save it to your own computer then make any edits that you'd like.

The second form is my Production Schedule.  I also fill this out at the same time as the first form.  This one goes into a paper clipped stack, in chronological order by Bake Date (not due date).

I use it to check off everything I need prior to completing the order - print out anything for the KopyKake or transfers, cut ribbon, put stickers on the backs of favor bags, etc.

What I primarily use this form for is cutting out the dough.  I generally make dough on Mondays.  One batch of dough for me is 12 cups, so it's a pretty good sized batch.  After the dough is made, I start with the form on top to see what shapes need to be cut out.  I write down how many of each shape I cut.  Then put a great big check mark across the whole "dough" section once I've cut everything.  The cut out shapes go into the freezer until baking time.

Then I move on to the next form in the stack.  Cut all of those shapes.  Check it off.  Move to the next form.  Continue until all of the dough is used.  The next time I make dough, I'll start where I left off.  Make sense?

Just click here for my Production Schedule Form.

Question for you: Do you have another method of recording the details of an order?  Let us know in the comments.

Read more....... Posts on "Cookiepreneur Interviews"
Posts on "Cookies as Business".
Posts on " Poking Around the Kitchen".
Posts on "Commercial Kitchen"

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Favor Bags for Cookies

Where to buy and what size favor bags do you need for cookies?

I've been asked this question many times, so thought I'd share.

I purchase my favor bags at Gifts International.  The prices are great, but the shipping is a bit high so order a lot at a time!

I like the 1.2 mil super clear cello bags.  They're a great thickness to keep cookies fresh - even better than cookies on a platter covered with plastic wrap.

My bags are organized in plastic shoe bins, by size.

Sizes of bags that I purchase.....

The 2" bags are perfect for minis.....
2" x 4"
2"x 6"
2" x 12"

The larger bags for regular-sized cookies....
3" x 5"
3" x 8"
4" x 6"
4.625" x 5.75"
5" x 7"
5" x 10"

The sizes that I use the most are 2" x 4", 2" x 6", 3" x 5", 4" x 6", and 5" x 7".

I WISH that I could purchase 4" x 8" bags!  The 4" x 6" are often too short so I have to move up to a 5" wide bag.  I really, really want 4x8ers!

 If you know of somewhere to purchase bags of that size, please let me know in the comments!

Questions for you: Let me know in the comments. 
Where do you purchase your favor bags?
What are your favorite sizes?

Read more.......
Posts on "Cookiepreneur Interviews"
Posts on "Cookies as Business".
Posts on " Poking Around the Kitchen".
Posts on "Commercial Kitchen"

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Save the Date Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Calendars

These calendar cookies are still one of my favorite designs for engagement parties and bridal showers.  Save that date!

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Crab Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Maryland Crabs

These crab cookies were favors for a wedding.  I've made LOTS of crab cookies but never in peach and grey.  These guys had to match the bridal party.  :)

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Watch out for scam emails!

Scam Email Alert

I get scam emails from time to time (in my spam folder) and hear about them frequently.  I've always thought I'd never fall for one, or even come close.  I thought I could spot them a mile away.

I received an email recently that had me puzzled.  I thought it was odd.  Here it is.....

I want to place an order from you to our store in The Netherlands. I want to know if you can ship here and accept MASTER OR VISA CREDIT CARD as a form of payment. Reply back asap.

Weird, huh?  I decided to reply even though I thought it a bad idea to ship cookies to the Netherlands for resale.  Perhaps I'd get more details in the next email.  I was curious.  Here is that email....


Thanks for your reply back. Its a pleasure receiving your reply back. I want to order for the below items for my customer's here, I want you to reply back with the total cost plus shipping quote. We're ready and can't wait to receive these wonderful products if yours here.
Your utmost reply back with the total quote will be highly appreciated.

Large Cookie Favors
QTY.....................  80

Cookie Toppers
QTY.....................  80

Large Cookie Platters
QTY.....................  80

Hoofdstraat 90A,
8162 AD,
The Netherlands.

Hope to read back from you with the total cost and we can proceed and finalized my order.

God bless you,

My thoughts after this email.......
This is definitely not right!
If you'd like to resell my cookies, why aren't you asking if I sell wholesale?
How fresh would these cookies be for your customers?
You want "large favors", "cookie toppers" and "platters"?  Huh?  Nothing specific?
Send you a price on this request?  Really?  How would I do that?
Weird just got weirder.

I let this email sit in my inbox for a few days.  There's no way that I was going to try to fill this order, but I wasn't sure that it was a true scam.  I mentioned it to my friend Meghan and she told me to google the entire email that I received from "Jacob".  What good advice!

I found it verbatim in the first entire page of google results.  These had different mailing addresses and signed by different names, but the exact same email.

Apparently the next email from "Jacob" will be to ask me to use his shipper.  Then give me one or two credit cards to charge.  Then ask me to send the shipping amount directly to the shipper.  Or something like this.  It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.  What does make sense is that he'll be using a stolen credit card.  The charge will be reversed.  He'll have his money and I'll be out my merchandise and the money.

Oh, and the type of merchandise you sell doesn't matter at all.  It's not just cookies.  It's anything.  Anyone that will fall for it.

So do I send another reply?  Tell him that he's a dirtbag thief?  Play along with him for a while, just to waste his time?  (That's what my son wanted to do!)

I just deleted the emails.  I won't let him waste MY time.

My advice to you is the same that Meghan gave me.....If you receive an email that raises red flags - google it.  If you find it - case closed.  If you don't find it, talk to someone about it before doing anything.  If you're at all unsure - pass on the deal.  Just don't do it.

Question for you: Have you received this same scam email?  Or another one?  Let us know in the comments.  It could help someone else to avoid falling victim to a scam.

Read more.......
Posts on "Cookiepreneur Interviews"
Posts on "Cookies as Business".
Posts on " Poking Around the Kitchen".
Posts on "Commercial Kitchen

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

80th Birthday Golf Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Golf Balls and Birthday Cake

These golf themed cookies were packaged up as favors for a milestone birthday.

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Crab and Black Eyed Susan Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Crabs and Black-Eyed Susans

I sure do love Maryland themed cookie platters!

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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