Thomas the Train Cookies

As a single lady without children I had no idea how popular Thomas the Train was until a friend ask me to make Thomas the train cookies for her daughter's 3rd birthday party. I had 4 days to get the job done while packing for my trip to Israel. I thought "No Problem" finding a train cookie cutter will be a snap-WRONG! I spent a day calling every store, shop, and friend that I thought might have a train cookie cutter large enough for cookie favors. I drove to the Valley and back and still no train cookie cutter. 3 days remaining and I have to get this done so what does every daughter of a retired contractor do? She makes her own. Using FDA approved wire from the home depot and tape I made Thomas the Train!

Thank you to KitchenGifts for the most unbelievable sugar cookie recipe

This recipe is GREAT when using complex cookie cutters. The dough holds its' shape and won't spread during baking. Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2 hour before baking these or any other cookies.
6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1 tsp. salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350
degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe
can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.
HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess -- Rather than wait for your cookie dough to
chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper.
Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut. Re roll leftover dough and repeat the process!
An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.


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