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.


  1. Alexis:

    I love your thomas cookies and want to do my own. I don't like any of the premade cutters as much as yours and am thinking of trying to make my own. Any suggestions or directions?

    Thanks, Kim Turner

  2. This cookies are great, my little son would love it!


  3. Hi Kim,

    I am so sorry for the late response (I'm just getting used to how blogspot works. To answer your question, I would recommend going to your nearest hardware store or looking around the house for the following:
    1. 1/2 inch wide metal that is east to mold. Usually used to hang or support plastic piping under homes (They make some that are FDA approved)
    2. Metal cutters
    3. Strong tape (mine is black and from a tool kit)

    I found a picture of Thomas online and made it slight bigger than I wanted my cutter. I then printed it out and used it as a patter. I formed the different parts of the train by bending and folding the wire. It took some getting used to but once I had the hang of it I moved pretty quickly through the process. I cut each piece individually. Once I had each part I taped them together. I had to make several cuts in the wire before it looked like Thomas but it was well worth it. I didn't cost much and the time it took was minimal. I have actually made several other custom cookie cookies using the same method and it works like a charm.

    Best of luck and I would love to see the pictures!



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