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My motivation to attempt this moving train cookie started when my four year old son was decorating basic gingerbread cookies with frosting. He had a cut-out of a train and after he decorated it he said, "Mommy, I want this train to drive."

I thought to myself.....there's really no reason I can't do that! If you want to attempt this you will, however, need a very powerful little moving contraption to build your train around. I used a (modified) wind-up Lego car but some of the Tomica cars are also very powerful and work quite well.

You will need the following recipes and items:

Gingerbread Cookies
1 C. Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Molasses
1 Egg
5 C. Flour
3/4 t. Baking Soda
3 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Buttercream Frosting
2 lbs Confectioners' Sugar
1 1/4 C. Butter
1/2 C. Water
1 t. Vanilla Extract

Royal Icing
1 1/2 C. Confectioners' Sugar
1/8 t. cream of tartar
1 egg white

Decorating Bags
Decorating Tips and Couplers
Dragees
Food Coloring
Train Pattern
Candies of some sort to fill the coal car.
Something powerful to move your train
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Step 1: Make the Gingerbread Dough

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

1 c. Butter
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. Molasses
1 Egg
5 c. Flour
3/4 t. Baking Soda
3 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and brown sugar together. (You can substitute dark brown sugar if you want the dough really dark brown - I don't find it necessary if you don't have it on hand) Add molasses and egg. Mix well.

Sift flour, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice together and add to wet mixture.

The dough will be tough to mix. If you have a stand mixer use it! I don't so I always end up mixing it with my hands to make sure everything is well incorporated. Might as well start getting dirty now because it's going to happen sooner or later with this one!

Divide your dough in half, wrap with plastic wrap and chill until firm - about 1 1/2 hours.
that is awesome!
Very Clever I Love It!!!<br>
what a great idea!
..and it moves?! I love this!
What a beautiful decorations on the train! You do so wonderfully with cookie decorating!

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Bio: Hi, my name is Jen! I'm a Community Manager here at Instructables. In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, cake decorator ... More »
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