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Christmas Cookie Train

 Christmas Cookie Train
Get the entire family involved with a delightfully edible activity that's been Test Kitchen approved! The cookies and frosting are easy to work with, letting your gang focus on having fun!
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 tube refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Green, red, yellow and brown paste food coloring
  • Assorted decorations: Peppermint candies, M&M's, mini vanilla wafers, animal crackers and red shoestring licorice


  • In a small bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until combined. On a
  • lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. With a
  • sharp knife, cut out six 4-in. x 3-in. rectangles; save scraps.
  • Place rectangles 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Reroll dough
  • scraps; cut out a 2-in. x 1-1/2-in. rectangle for engine cab, a
  • 1-1/4-in. x 1/2-in. rectangle for smokestack and a 1-1/2-in.
  • triangle for cowcatcher. Attach to one rectangle; gently press seams
  • to seal.
  • Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar,
  • milk and vanilla until creamy. Set aside 1 cup. Tint 3 tablespoons
  • frosting green, 3 tablespoons red and 1 tablespoon yellow. Tint the

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Christmas Cookie Train (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining frosting brown.
  • Set aside 2 tablespoons of the white frosting. Spread remaining white
  • frosting over cookies, leaving a 2-1/2-in. x 1-1/2-in. rectangles in
  • centers of three passenger cars and 2-1/2-in. x 2-in. rectangles in
  • the centers of the two animal cars. Frost the engine.
  • On a 35-in. x 8-in. covered board, attach train cars and peppermint
  • candy wheels with a small amount of reserved frosting.
  • With M&M's and frosting, add a headlight above cowcatcher and
  • couplings between the cars. Add M&M's for smoke coming out of
  • smokestack. Use vanilla wafers for passenger faces and decorate with
  • colored frosting. Add animal crackers and licorice bars to the
  • animal cars. With remaining frosting, decorate train as desired.
  • Yield: 6 cookies.