Intro: Semi-Realistic Cookie Car With Moveable Wheels
I was sick with strep throat for a while. To nurse my pain, I did the only thing a sane person would do: I binge-watched the Great British Baking Show. There were lots of really great bakes on there. But my favorite was the 3D cookies sculptures. And since I plan on being on at baking show at some point in my life, they seemed like good practice. Instructables had a wheels contest. Wheels + 3D cookie sculptures = a cookie car. (A Ferris wheel was tempting, but a bit too big.) So I made a cookie car. With moveable wheels. It was beautiful. And also tasty.
This is mostly a design, I didn't have enough time to construct a recipe too. So you can use your own personal recipe if you want, or change the color. Or even the design, because a cookie monster truck sounds super cool. But no matter what you do, this will be a good cookie thing that your resident children will enjoy.
Step 1: Make Your Dough.
You can use any recipe, I personally used King Arthur Flour's Construction Gingerbread recipe. (link) I doubled the spices though, because that recipe needs it. Also, a half batch would have been enough. But if you have a good recipe that will hold up, I would use what's tried and true.
Step 2: Cut.
I used templates to get the shapes I needed. The pdf included, printed at 200% is what you can use if you decide to do this yourself. You basically roll your dough, then place the cutout templates on it and traced them out with a knife. You need to use the templates twice, once for each side. In the end, I also used four extra big circles to help separate the middle. Then for the axels, I rolled out dough really thin and cut it in half.
The things break a lot while assembling, so I would make extra everything. Especially the axels.
Step 3: Bake and Poke Holes
Put your dough in the oven. Do the axels before anything else, just alone. You need them hard so you can poke holes in things. Then bake the other things. And immediately, and I mean immediately after they come out of the oven, use the already baked axel to poke a hole in the center of all the wheels, and the places in the car where the axels go through.
Step 4: Assemble.
You should have all your pieces, and some extras in case things break.
I stuck the axels through one part of the main car body and then the wheel supports on the other side. Then I stuck the other main car body on the other side, and then frosted the thing to make it stay.
Then I attached the wheels. First the big one, then the little hubcap. Repeat on all four sides, and then frost the hubcaps on.
Step 5: Pipe
Frost on the body. Any color will do, as long as you like it. Included in the pictures in my reference picture, so if you want to use one, it's there.
I'm not sure how to explain frosting techniques, but I used a piping bag with a small point tip for most of it. I would recommend using one as well.
Step 6: Roll!
Now you have a fantastic moving cookie car! Go drive it down the tongue highway and into your stomach. It's a shame to wreck such a beautiful car, but it's totally worth it in the end.