It’s Never Too Early to Start

Shelving Halloween candy in early September or decorating a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving may be wrong, but it is never too early to start baking test batches of cookies.

Last year my boss asked if I would be interested in baking cookies to send as Christmas gifts from our company. Although it was fun to plan and shop, baking enough cookies for 12 boxes takes a lot of time. Near the end of packing, I was tempted to not be concerned about the quality of the product I was sending out.  It was a learning process I wasn’t sure I wanted to repeat.  However, I took notes and filed them.

This year I looked more fondly at the glossy catalogs from Harry & David’s and from Apple Cookie Company.  When I did the math, though, what you were paying for them to receive was pretty puny. So, I decided to try again.

In 2013, I went repeatedly to Michael’s with my 40% off coupons. Thrift stores were also my hunting grounds, since cookie tins are a lot less expensive second hand.  They say that time is money, though, and I want to see if shopping with a complete list at just one or two stores will pay off.

I’ve made up a spread sheet to calculate costs and quantities, but still have to decide on a few of the cookies I want to include in the mix.

This evening, my Mom and I tried to make some cigarette cookies. Our first attempt produced tender fingers a bit burnt from curling hot cookies around wooden spoons; a second attempt might call for woolen gloves covered with plastic ones.  We wonder if substituting a Silpat mat instead of parchment paper was a mistake. . . unless the cookies get crisper overnight.

curled cookies

We used the “Striped Cookies” recipe from The Great Big Cookie Book. Martha Stuart has something similar, “Candy-Stripe Cookie Sticks”, but other bloggers following her recipe have had the same issues as we did.

Might just have to keep this recipe as a shell for ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

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  1. Greetings, Katrina,

    My name is Michael E. Rubin, and I serve as the Social Media Marketing Specialist for Harry & David. I saw your post and wanted to see if there was anything I can do to be of service. Hopefully, you were able to find something else in one of our catalogs that struck your fancy.

    By the way, those cigarette cookies look delicious. Martha has nothing on those!

    At your service,
    Michael E. Rubin
    Social Media Marketing Specialist for Harry & David

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