Christmas 2007 Cookie Train

Christmas 2007 Cookie Train

Influenced by my train loving son, this Christmas I decided to make a "Cookie Train" rather than a "Cookie House." It was a lot more simple and fun to make than I thought because the design only consists of circles and squares. It's more a list of notes than a recipe.

Ingredients: The finished size is 9cmx10cmx38cm

Cookie Cutter Cookie Dough (Plain. Recipe ID: 341546)
1 batch
Cookie Cutter Cookie Dough (Cocoa. Recipe ID: 341546)
1 batch
as needed
Sugar decorations
as needed
Assorted candies for decoration
as needed
Homemade sweets for decoration
as needed (Recipe ID: 470922)


1. Since I only have a limited amount of time to make this, I spread the work out over several days. I planned things out so I just needed to do a little bit every day.
2. On the first day: Develop the design and create the patterns. Match the pattern that you plan to use for the train to the size of the baking sheet that you will use.
3. I prepared the dough while considering how much of it I needed. I made the cocoa dough rather dark. Freeze the dough.
4. The train is made up of these pieces: 8cm square sides, 5cm wide main body (the front and back walls are 5cm high), and a 7cm x 10 cm roof. I cut windows in the wide panels.
5. The chimney is a 3 cm diameter cylinder. The front engine body is a 4.5 cm diameter cylinder. The very front part is a trapezoid with the sides being 3.5 cm and 5 cm, with a height of 2.5 cm. The freight cars are 8 x 5 x 5 cm.
6. Day 2: Defrost the cookie dough until it is easy to work, roll it out, and cut out the shapes. Place the cut out shapes on pieces of plastic wrap and cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Place in the freezer. I made candy cane shapes from the leftover cookie dough.
7. Day 3: Place the cut out dough train pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven. Bake the decorative cookie parts at the same time.
8. Make the royal icing. Mix dehydrated egg whites with powdered sugar and add some water (probably just a few drops). I made the icing rather still so that it could be used as adhesive.
9. Day 4: Using a knife, repair and adjust the pieces that have become warped or puffy in the oven. At the same time, carefully shave off the edges of the cookie pieces so that they are at a 45 degree angle, so that it's easy to stick them together.
10. Put the royal icing into a piping bag and use it to stick the cookie parts together! Set them aside and leave to dry completely.
11. Day 5: Line up the cookies on atray and use icing to draw on snow. Load up the freight cars with candies and chocolates...and it's done.
12. Here's what it looks like from the side.
13. Here's what it looks like from the front looking down. I sprinkled the tray with red and green decorative sugar crystals. I also added snowflake shaped sugar sprinkles.
14. I decorated the inside and outside of the freight cars with snacks and sweets.
15. Postscript: After disassembling the train, break up the larger cookies into appropriate sizes and place in an air tight container. I gathered up the leftover pieces and fragments, moistened them with fresh cream (or milk), add melted chocolate and form into balls.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've already constructed a lot of cookie houses, so I wanted to make a "cookie train" this year for a change.