Monday, September 19, 2011

thomas the train cookies


My best friend Sue has a friend who asked me to make Thomas the Train cookies as favors for her son's birthday party, and while it sounded like it would be a complicated cookie to do, I was up for the challenge!  There were two specific things that she wanted for this cookie - she wanted it to be a really vibrant blue, and she wanted it to be a front view of Thomas the Train.


I had initially bought a cookie cutter of a side view of Thomas the Train, but when it turned out that she wanted the front view, I asked my hubby to make me another custom cookie cutter.  (Isn't he the best?!)


After cutting out and baking the cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe from Peggy Porschen's book "Pretty Party Cakes", I used black royal icing to pipe my borders, and then filled in the various colors in each section (kind of like paint by numbers!).  This was by far the most complicated cookie I've made so far - usually my cookies only have 2 to 3 colors, but this one had 6 different colors!



I let the icing dry overnight, before adding the details such as the lights and the face.  It took me a while to get the expression in his face just right, so I had several mess-ups to eat (and hand out to my neighbors and my coworkers the next day).


Once everything dried completely, I wrapped each cookie in a cellophane bag and tied them with raffia and custom favor tags.  In the end I thought I had made the blue icing a little too blue, but I guess that's better than not being blue enough?  I also thought there were too many black lines everywhere, which made it look too much like a coloring book.  So next time I think I'd pipe the borders in the same color as the filled icing.


Hope the Thomas the Train party was a hit!

29 comments:

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    1. Do you sell this cookie cutter? My grandson's birthday is in May and I thought this Thomas the Train cookie cutter was the cutest. I also want a head on view rather than a side view.

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    2. @Barb Hoffy - sure, i can ask my husband to make you a cookie cutter! please send me an email with your info if you're still interested! when in may would you need the cutter by?

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    3. I also would like to buy cookie cutter if still available, this is old post but hopefully you still check it, gtabatha_@hotmail.com

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    4. @tabatha - sure, you can find all our custom made copper cutters on our etsy shop!
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/iheartbakingshop

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    5. I too made Thomas cookies. I made them for my grandsons birthday. I used a wedding cake shaped cookie cutter. As it turns out it is the front of the train. I used a royal icing. First I used a cake knife to frost the entire cookie. After it was dry I paint the other colors with a small paint brush in the Thomas colors. It was easy to paint on the royal icing. Just thin it out so it can be painted on. I would also suggest to make the appropriate number for the child's birthday frost the cookie in red royal icing and let dry then add railroad tracks. A cute combo

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  2. Oh, those are perfect!!!! My oldest would have loved these as a little boy :)

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  3. your Thomas cookies look so nice! I find the black borders ok, it makes the rest of the colours stand out. wonderful job!

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  4. So cute and best husband ever =D

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  5. How cute. My little boy love Thomas and he'll be so happy to see this on his B-day. I wonder if my hubby can make the cookie cutter for me!

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  6. thanks everyone!!! :)

    @Xiaolu - hee hee i must tell him that you agree with me!

    @Amy - you could probably even just use a rectangular cookie cutter, and just pipe the shape of Thomas on top! i was considering doing that too :)

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  7. Love it! My 19-month old has recently become hugely fond of Thomas the Train, so I am definitely bookmarking this for future use. Great job!

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  8. Ryan loved his Thomas cookies! It was the perfect shade of blue :) Thanks again for making them and all the work you put into it. They were a hit at the party!

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  9. @Janet - yay i'm so glad Ryan liked them! :) i had so much fun making them and i'm so glad they were a hit!!!

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  10. If this is not the cutest thing I have ever seen! You make cookies and the husband makes custom cookie cutters...how sweet.

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    1. thanks @TruthBeTold ! yes we make a good team! :)

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  11. Michele-These are amazing! Have you ever ventured into making the rest of Thomas' friends? I would be extremely willing to buy the set if your husband was able to make them for my son's first birthday. Please email me with information at ashleygorski@hotmail.com

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  12. I would also like to purchase this cookie cutter! My email is rakowitzd@yahoo.com Please contact me with further info!

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  13. how can i get this thomas the train cookie cutter would really like to make these cookies for my son birthday party.. please email me at incredible1802@gmail.com

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  14. i am looking for the cookie cutter also. i wish you could make these cookies for me as I am not much of a baker. my email is anitalouise17@yahoo.com. My grandson loves loves thomas the train. he will be six on octl 13th. i didnt think of this until recently. i asked a lady who bakes but she only bakes cookies for her family. lol

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    1. @Anita L. Jones - sending you an email right now! :)

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  15. Do you sell this cookie cutter, or even better, bake the cookies and ship them.. I have no idea what i need for the icing and what baking items i would need. My sons birthday is march 11th and we would like to attempt to make these cookies. If you can possibly emil me my emil is bubbalucie14@gmail.com

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    1. @Anonymous - yes i do sell this cookie cutter! just sent you an email with the details :)

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  16. hiya, wonderful cookie cutter...could you please email me the details to Ayla.adams74@gmail.com? if you still sell them this is :-) x

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  17. Hi do you still sell this cutter? If so could you send me some information
    Johana-suarez@hotmail.com
    Thank you

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  18. @Anonymous - i just sent you an email! thanks!

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  19. Hello,
    Those cookies are so fabulous! I'm interested in the cookie cutter as well. Are you selling them? My email is FrostYourCake@Yahoo.com :)
    Thank you!

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    1. @Michelle - thank you! i just sent you an email with the info!

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  20. note: for anyone interested, we are selling our custom made copper cutters on etsy now!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/iheartbakingshop

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