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Boxing Your Cookies

posted Friday Jun 09, 2017 at 09:19 AM by Anne Yorks — 9 comments

A frequent question is 'What box size should I use for my cookies?' Here's a blog post that explores several of my favorite boxes. Most come from BRP Box Shop and if you click on the box title, you can view the actual product on their site.

The answer to this question is that I like to use several different boxes from BRP Box Shop depending on the size of the cookies and number of cookies in the gift. I've been snapping 'boxed' photos all year so I can share some of my favorite options....

It's good to mention that no matter what box size I use, I always wrap my cookies in a heat sealed cello bag. This helps to extend their freshness!! I like the 6 x 4 and 8 x 4 option on UNLINE!

For the 2-3 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 7" box from BRP Box Shop:

This size is perfect for a 2-cookie set for weddings or small gifts. I have used both the kraft brown finish and the white in this size and loved them both!

For the 3-4 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 9" box from BRP Box Shop:

For the 6-10 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 12 1/2" box from BRP Box Shop:

Depending on the size of the cookies, this box can be pretty versatile. In the top left photo, 6 larger cookies fit perfectly. Then on the right, 16 cookies fit in the box, because those eggs and carrots are small! Down below on the left, 7 unicorn cookies fit well and next to that, 8 custom thank you cookies for a realtor. 

For the 12-24 Cookie Gift, I recommend the 14" box from BRP Box Shop:

If I'm packing up 1 dozen cookies, I'll put a bed of white crinkle paper (find it at staples here) under the cookies. This will keep the cookies in place and help fill up the box. If I'm packing up 2 dozen cookies, I will carefully stack the cookies.

When shipping, I prefer to use a standard bakery box:

I like to order these 9 x 9 x 3 boxes from Papermart. Cookies are wrapped in a bubble pouch for safety. I like this small and large size from Staples. I like to call it 'Cookie Armour'.

Packing and shipping is a topic that I explore in my recent online cookie class 'Smart Cookies'. 

There is an entire lesson on cookie presentation (packaging options and how to SHIP cookies).

You can check out this class here for a more in-depth explanation. Click here to register and view!

I hope this is helpful as you plan how to present your beautiful cookies to your family, friends, and customers!

Happy Decorating!

Anne 

 

 

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How to Decorate FIVE Unicorn Cookies with Videos!

posted Monday May 22, 2017 at 06:16 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

A dash of magic, a pinch of rainbow confetti, and tons of cookie enchantment ... Unicorn Week at Flour Box Bakery starts NOW with majestic tutorials, a daily deal, and oodles of cookie fun! 🦄🦄  We'll be updating this blog post each day with a new video, so check back for lots of unicorn cookie inspiration! Plus, scroll below to see the cutters and stencils that are featured in these tutorials!  

These magical cookies are decorated with royal icing.

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

Recipes are included in the videos!

Also, don't miss out on these great DEALS this week! Plan your savings! 

Check our our daily deals for www.flourboxbakery.com and save! Promotions cannot be combined or applied to previously placed orders. All sales begin at 12:01 am and end at midnight  (EST). Click here to start shopping!

Now are you ready for some decorating!???!

Let's kick off the week with a magical Unicorn Cookie tutorial! Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry icing and what tip sizes are used!

The other videos that will be shared this week are the stenciled unicorn, a unicorn cake, a rainbow cloud with star confetti, and rainbow unicorn poop! 

We'll be using Rainbow Confetti in two of the tutorials. So, check out this video to learn how to make your own Rainbow Confetti using royal icing and a heart and stars stencil. This confetti is fragile, so make extras. Plus, I found that the thicker icing worked best. So keep the icing stiff and apply generously to the stencil for the best results. 

Let the magic of Unicorn week continue with this beautiful rainbow stenciled cookie. Watch and learn how to apply rainbow icing to your scraper to create this multi-colored image! Use tip #13 to add a few colorful rosettes to complete the design!

The unicorn fun continues with an adorable Unicorn Cake Cookie! See how to use rainbow confetti on a cookie design and make perfect eyelashes every time with a stencil!

Where there are unicorns, there are Rainbows with Star Clouds. Check out this colorful and easy accent cookie design that uses the star rainbow confetti! 🌈

Did we save the best for last? I think so. LOL. How about a Smiling Rainbow Unicorn Poop cookie!?!?!

These are the cutters featured in the unicorn tutorials.

I'll be using the rainbow cloud from the Sugarbelle Enchanted Set, the LilaLoa plaque, the Unicorn Head Cutter, the Emoji, and the Unicorn Cake Cutter.

The stencils that are used are the Unicorn Head, and the Unicorn Bundle Set.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorials this week!! 

And remember, always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a Unicorn!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

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How to Decorate Girls Night Out Cookies (with VIDEOS!)

posted Thursday May 18, 2017 at 08:22 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Grab your girls and get decorating with these FIVE Girls Night Out cookie design ideas! Check out the how-to video tutorials below!

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

Recipes are included in the videos!

First, let's take a walk on the wild side with this leopard print shoe cookie and a sleek off-the-shoulder dress cookie.

Next, Impress your friends with these chic, yet easy, cookies. Learn how to decorate this chubby lipstick with wet-on-wet polka dots and a quick and easy stenciled purse cookie! It looks beautiful. 

And finally, my favorite, the Hello Gorgeous cookie using the LilaLoa plaque cookie cutter. I've used these twice in the last two weeks! (we do have a quick video coming to Instagram hopefully soon!)

This cookie features a Filigree Stencil background with the Hello Gorgeous stencil.

 Check out all these Girls Night Out cookie cutters and more in our online shop HERE!

So the next time you are your girls are getting dressed up to hit the town, don't forget to bring the sweets!! <3

Looking for a more detailed tutorial on creating Girls Night Out cookies? Check out my ONLINE Craftsy class, Smart Cookies, for an in-depth look at cookie decorating! Use this link and save 50% on the class registration - http://craftsy.me/2fSo8Ay

Happy Decorating!!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Green Tractor Cookie

posted Thursday May 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

My mom, born and raised in Philadelphia, a city girl all the way, loves tractors. It's true! She's just fascinated by them. So I made these cookies for her for Mother's Day! No flowers or girly stuff here...just the classic yellow and green!

Check out the video to see how I create the easy (yet impressive) wet-on-wet wheel. Use the graphics in the video to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing.

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

Recipes are included in the videos!

This isn't the first time I've made tractor cookies. Get more inspiration from these projects below!

For a fun 'things that go' birthday party!

Click on the cutter titles to check out the dump truck cutter, fire engine cutter, and car cutter!

Here's a version of the tractor with PINK accents! 

The coordinating cutters with this set is the Cake cutter and Barn cutter.

And then there was the time I made this huge cake topper cookie!!

I hope you enjoyed the tractor tutorial! 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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How to Decorate Cute Bird and Birdhouse Cookies

posted Friday Apr 21, 2017 at 08:10 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Are you busy making cute spring cookies? I have a favorite customer that wanted to order cute spring cookies. I loved making these birds and birdhouses!!

 

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

This is the video showing how to decorate the bird cookie. Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry the icing and what tips are used.

 

 

I love this bird cookie cutter! That tail is everything! It is part of the LilaLoa cookie cutter set. This set features ten unique designs from Georganne Bell of LilaLoa: mason jar, plaque, cake stand, baby, candle, cake slice, bird, rattle, confetti, gift.  A must-have for any baker.

 

 

Now let's check out the birdhouse cookie! The video features the Airgenie Pro w/2 Airbrushes & Tote, Stencil Genie, Small Heart Stencil 6 pc. Mini Heart Cookie Cutter Set and the house from the  Shape Shifters Cookie Cutter Set!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these spring designs!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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