Monday, May 20, 2013

Baby Got Track.

{Molly, that post title is for you.}
running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
Kiddo was on the track team this year...and as much as I admired the kids who practiced four days a week after school for what felt like months on end, I was just floored by the commitment of their coach. Not a school employee, but a dad, who was out there EVERY DAY after school and at EVERY track meet.

If you've never been to a track meet, let me fill you in.  They're outside.  (You probably knew that.)  In the heat, in the sun, and, yes, sometimes even in the rain. From 8am to 5pm. Your child will compete for, oh, a total of 4 minutes?

Suggestion for track venues: tacos. And possibly margaritas.  

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
So anyway, obviously coach needed some cookies.  And not just any cookies, the most brightly colored running shoe cookies in the universe.

The shape was made from a template.  I used it to make these cookies last year.
Here it is for you to use:
running shoe cookie template + tutorial ::: from bake at 350
(Just save this image on your computer and resize it as you wish. Click here for info on how to use a template.)

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350

To make obnoxiously colored running shoe cookies, you'll need:
running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
Outline cookies in the base color and the sole color using #2 tips, sectioning off areas to be filled with contrasting colors.  Reserve some of each of the piping consistency icing.

Thin all of the icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  (Reserve some of the blue icing for piping details later.) You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into squeeze bottles as needed.

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
Flood the cookies, filling in the outlines. Use toothpicks to spread the icing and pop any large air bubbles that have formed.

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
In the very small areas, take care not to overfill, and run a toothpick through the area to dislodge air bubbles.  Overfilling and not using a toothpick can lead to craters as the icing dries. Let the cookies dry at least one hour.

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
Again with #2 tips, add the laces and shoe details.

Let the cookies dry, uncovered, 6-8 hours or overnight. 

running shoe cookies tutorial ::: from bake at 350
A big thank you to ALL of you coaches out there...especially volunteer coaches!  You are appreciated! 



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25 comments:

  1. I ADORE these!!! And love that your awesome kiddo is a track star. And how stinking lucky is any teacher/coach/person of influence in his life? COOKIES from you!!!! :)

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  2. These are so so fun! I am more about eating tennis shoes than wearing them :)

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  3. So cute! I think I could run a few extra minutes for these. ;)

    (P.S. Didn't you volunteer to help out with the team too?)

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  4. These are bright and fun and a wonderful gift for that awesome volunteer track coach.

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  5. So cute and I love the bright summer colors! Makes me want to run!

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  6. I LOVE the colors!!!All parent/coaches are the BEST and I am so glad my boys are not in track sounds like a REALLY long day!!

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  7. Oh my gosh-- too cute! I second your thoughts on appreciating our kids' coaches. These are a great way to say thanks! By the way, I have your recipe for cookies baking right now in the shape of high heels and purses. I hope the cookies turn out as I am taking them to a school fundraiser where the theme is an accessory swap. I've learned so much from your book!

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  9. Hahaha, tacos and margaritas at track meets - yes!! Really though, they should recruit food trucks to those events. I remember doing track in middle school and the events were neverending - can't imagine going through it as a parent! I love the cookies - so festive!

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  10. Love these. I would run more if I got to eat these when I was done!

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  11. They are beautiful Bridget. So sweet of you to make them for our dedicated coach. He did a GREAT job!

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  12. Obnoxiously awesome cookies, Bridget!

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  15. These are awesome - thank you! So cute :-)

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  16. Precious cookies! I know you all had fun with track!!! Coaches and volunteers give of their time and talent and always like to hear they are appreciated (and get some of your fab cookies I'm sure!!!) xoxo

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  17. How freaking awesome are those. And I LOVE the obnoxious colors. They couldn't be more adorable.

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  19. Love the obnoxiously colored running shoes :D What a wonderful gift!

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  20. These bright colors are fabulous! I need to make some! My kids all ran track, so I know what you mean about the looooong day. They also ran cross country, which was a much shorter commitment...Each group (varsity boys, varsity girls, JV boys, JV girls) runs together and then it's over:)

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  21. So darn cute! And these would definitely be a "sweet" reward for getting through a workout, haha. Great job, Bridget!

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