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.
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.