Wednesday, November 10, 2010

All Runners Are Crazy

Do you like my inspirational poster? Anyone can run a marathon...if they are crazy enough.

Well, I was crazy enough and ran the NYC Marathon on Sunday for the 2nd year in a row. It was still the most fun I've ever had in Brooklyn.

I was also crazy enough to try to recreate the colors of the ING NYC Marathon for cookie decorating. The colors are orange and blue.
I got the orange color well.
It even made a pretty mess on my counter.

My blue however... Well, I tried to make it more of a navy blue and it just turned black. Ah well. Halloween year round is nice... 
Cookie Bonbons (from I Am Baker)

Ingredients for Cookies

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup powder sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 lemon zested as finely as possible
1/8 tsp salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325

In bowl combine butter and powder sugar on medium speed. Add almond extract, lemon zest, and salt. Combine. Add mix and reduce speed to low. Add milk. Slowly add flour and mix until dough comes together. (about 2 min)

Roll out dough into two logs, about 12 inches long. Then cut 12 one inch pieces from each log. Roll each piece into a dome. Place domes on prepared baking sheet spaced about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake until firm, about 25 minutes.

Cookies Glaze
3 cups powder sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
(optional) 1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl stir powder sugar, water, corn syrup, oil and extract(s). Stir until smooth.
After you have cooled bonbon cookies on wire rack that has been placed over a parchment lined baking sheet, pour half of the glaze mixture over the bonbons. Let sit at least 15 minutes, then pour remaining glaze.

Cookie Frosting (from I Am Baker)

•1 cup Confectioners Sugar (powder sugar)

•1 Tablespoon Milk
•1 drop Lemon Juice (fresh or processed)
•1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup

Combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl.

******This next step is important!******
If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, add LESS milk. Just a drop at a time.
If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or ’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need) to make your frosting very runny.
If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same.
If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.
If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk.
This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

Erika's Extra: These are not super sweet cookies. They seem to be perfect for tea time.
PS Here's what I got for running 26.2 miles:
It's so shiny.
Aw. My medal and me.
Wait a second...maybe it's a foil wrapped around chocolate!
Mmmmm....medal.

Congratulations to everyone who ran the marathon. These cookies are for you!

Bake well and prosper!

4 comments:

  1. Love it. LOVE IT. Are there any left? :)

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  2. Mmmmmm, yummy medal.... Congrats Erica! You're so awesome :)

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  3. Ciao! they're so lovely, what a bizarre idea!

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  4. Great poster daaaaaahling LOL. I am in awe of anyone who can run a marathon. Congratulations!!!
    Are you sure its the most fun to be had in brooklyn though daaahling? Not pizza? Not chocolates, or cheesecakes? I don't know about that one LOL.
    I find the treadmill (the hamster wheel) tiring enough.
    *kisses* HH

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