Scissors in the Kitchen: Thomas the Train Cookies!


























I had all good intentions to make super cute Thomas the Train cupcakes for my son's 2nd birthday, but feeling the pressure of time (and the desire to spend time outside of the house with my family and not the whole day in the kitchen), I bowed out in favor of buying a Vegan Treats cake from our favorite spot in Philly for a vegan cheesecake, Govinda's Gourmet to Go. I had already started on the Thomas faces for the cupcakes, however and realized they're a cute, somewhat easy kitchen craft in themselves! Being the nice mom that I am, I gave the birthday boy the cookies after dinner. He loved them, but got quite upset once he realized that after you ate Thomas, Thomas was gone!

Thomas the Train Cookies (Craft) Recipe


Supplies:
  • 6 Trader Joe's Joe Joes, Hydrox, 365 Sandwich Cookies, or Oreos if you are desperate
  • Candy Melts (in white and black)
  • M and Ms (in white)
  • black decorating gel (or melted black candy melts)
  • white icing (or bottled cake decorating icing)
  • pastry bag (or sandwich bag)
  • small icing spatula
Directions:
  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. To get the Thomas gray face, melt 30 white to 6 black. If you cannot find black candy melts, you can also tint the white melts with black cake icing gel according to the melts package directions.
  2. Put melted candy in a pastry bag or a sandwich bag with a small tip cut off. 
  3. In the middle of each cookie, put a dab of melted candy in the center. Place an M and M on top. Let set for a second. This will be his nose.
  4. Take the rest of the melted candy in the pastry bag and coat the top and sides of the cookies. You can smooth out the candy with a small icing spatula.
  5. Before the candy sets, place two M and Ms above the nose for Thomas's eyes.
  6. Set the candy coated cookies in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  7. With black, draw eyes on M and Ms and triangles for eyebrows. 
  8. With white, draw Thomas's mouth. Look online for different expressions. You're done!
  9. Fairly simple and pretty cute! You can use these to decorate the top of a cupcake or on a cake, or just as is!

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