General Packaging Advice

Hello!  I'm new to the forums and new to the cookie business (custom decorated sugar cookies with royal icing).  I'm really struggling with figuring out the best way to package my cookies and was hoping to get some advice on how others do it.  I've searched the forum and have some good ideas, but have a couple of specific questions I couldn't really find an answer to:

1) I purchased a heat sealer and have been individually wrapping my cookies for orders where they'll be handed out individually vs on a platter.  I've just been cutting off the bag right above the seal, but recently have been thinking it would look nice to tie a ribbon to it as well.  I've seen posts where people do both heat seal and ribbon, but I'm having trouble imagining the logistics.  Do you heat seal close to the cookie and then tie at the top?  That seems hard to "bunch up" in order to tie if the seal is there?  Or is it just overkill to do both?

2) For orders where they will be setting on a platter anyway, I've just been packing in bakery boxes which I buy at my local baking store.  But that cost is adding up fast.  I'd like to make a bulk purchase, but can't figure out the best one(s) to buy.  Any tips on what you stock up on or a general rule of thumb for type of box depending on the number ordered?

I'm looking forward to spending more time here learning from all of you that have been doing this way longer than me   Thanks in advance!

Emily

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When I used to sell my cookies, I would heat seal them before tying with a ribbon (the seal didn’t get in the way at all). I used 8x8 inch bakery boxes for most orders when the cookies were sturdy enough to stand upright. I also had 14x14 inch boxes for bigger orders or when the cookies had fragile details and had to lay flat. Those big boxes get a little floppy though, so I prefer using multiple smaller boxes.

Aproned Artist posted:

When I used to sell my cookies, I would heat seal them before tying with a ribbon (the seal didn’t get in the way at all). I used 8x8 inch bakery boxes for most orders when the cookies were sturdy enough to stand upright. I also had 14x14 inch boxes for bigger orders or when the cookies had fragile details and had to lay flat. Those big boxes get a little floppy though, so I prefer using multiple smaller boxes.

I could usually fit somewhere between 18 and 28 cookies per 8x8 inch box.

Thanks for the tips on what worked for you!  Most of my orders have been 2 dozen, so I'll for sure check out the 8x8 to see if I can make that work as a standard box to keep on hand  

For the heat seal and ribbon, I feel like I'm a little dense right now...maybe not enough coffee yet today lol, but want to make sure I'm understanding what you are saying.  Did you seal close to the cookie and then tie above that?  I'm pretty sure that was what you meant, but seems like it would make it hard to bunch up the bag if the seal is there...maybe not though!

Emily's Custom Confections posted:

Thanks for the tips on what worked for you!  Most of my orders have been 2 dozen, so I'll for sure check out the 8x8 to see if I can make that work as a standard box to keep on hand  

For the heat seal and ribbon, I feel like I'm a little dense right now...maybe not enough coffee yet today lol, but want to make sure I'm understanding what you are saying.  Did you seal close to the cookie and then tie above that?  I'm pretty sure that was what you meant, but seems like it would make it hard to bunch up the bag if the seal is there...maybe not though!

I seal close to the cookie, then tie above that. The seal has never gotten in my way; I can't even tell the difference. (I don't think the thickness of the bag would matter, but I use these 1.2 mil bags.) bag and tie

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Emily's Custom Confections posted:

Thanks for the tips on what worked for you!  Most of my orders have been 2 dozen, so I'll for sure check out the 8x8 to see if I can make that work as a standard box to keep on hand  

For the heat seal and ribbon, I feel like I'm a little dense right now...maybe not enough coffee yet today lol, but want to make sure I'm understanding what you are saying.  Did you seal close to the cookie and then tie above that?  I'm pretty sure that was what you meant, but seems like it would make it hard to bunch up the bag if the seal is there...maybe not though!

I seal close to the cookie, then tie above that. The seal has never gotten in my way; I can't even tell the difference. (I don't think the thickness of the bag would matter, but I use these 1.2 mil bags.) bag and tie

Thanks for sharing the pics...that helps a ton!! Love the hamburger cookies Thanks so much for helping a newbie figure all this out!

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