I don’t know what it is about gnomes during the holidays but I just love them. Santa Gnome cookies are starting to pop up here and there so I decided to make my own version using cookie cups and fresh strawberries.
These cookies were incredibly simple to make and taste so amazing.
They look like mini cupcakes but they are actually delicious little Christmas gnomes that everyone will love.
In fact, they would look great next to these Christmas tree brownie bites or alongside a Santa Gnome dessert board.
Making cute food during the holidays is so much fun. And the best part about this little treat is you only need 4 ingredients!
What to Buy
Skip the gnome cookie cutter for these because all you need are a few ingredients and a mini muffin tin.
The best part about these though, is the strawberry hats.
We love strawberries! And we love hats! Check out our Buddy the elf cookie cups next!
Gnome Cookie Cups
- Refrigerated sugar cookie dough (I like the break and bake kind)
- White Icing (grab one that comes in a tube and save the step of using a pastry bag)
- Fresh Strawberries
- Pink candies (I used Skittles “smoothie” flavors for these)
Bake the Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking oil spray. It’s important to be sure the pan is well coated as these cookies like to stick.
You can also use mini cupcake liners if you have them.
Place one cookie into each muffin cup. You don’t need to flatten or roll them. Just drop them in, easy peasy!
Bake cookies and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
While the cookies are still warm, take a small scoop to gently press the cookies into a cup shape. Then cool completely before removing from the pan.
Our happy gnome cookies have hats made from fresh strawberries and the flavor combination is so good!
Wash your strawberries and cut out the crowns in a v shape.
This creates a hat shape in the strawberry when turned upside down.
Decorate your Gnome Cookie Cups
Now comes the fun part!
Take a fully cooled cookie cup and pipe frosting into the cup. You want to be a little generous here.
Then push a strawberry on top of the icing and add a pink candy nose just under the strawberry.
Take a toothpick to spread some of the icing to create the white beard. And you’re done!
How stinkin cute are these little guys??
Print the Recipe
These adorable gnome cookies can be enjoyed year round though I am partial to enjoying them alongside my other favorite Christmas cookies.
Want to change it up? Use orange frosting and dip the strawberries in green candy melts for a St. Patrick’s Day treat or decorate patriotic gnome cookies for July 4th!
Frosted cookies are simply delicious and when they can be cute too? It’s a total win.
If you make them, I would love to see your finished product!
Feel free to share it on our Facebook page after you dig in!
Want more gnomes? Check out our Valentine’s Day Gnomes and Leprechaun Gnome cookies. Enjoy!
Gnome Cookie Cups
Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!
- 1 pkg Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough I used the break apart kind
- 24 oz White Frosting about 2-3 tubes of prepared frosting
- 24 Strawberries
- 24 Skittles I used the pink ones from the Skittles Smoothie mix
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking oil spray. You can also use mini cupcake liners if you have them.
- Place one cookie into each muffin cup. You don't need to flatten or roll them.
- Bake cookies for 20 minutes and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
- While the cookies are still warm, take a small scoop to gently press the cookies into a cup shape.
- Cool completely before removing from the pan.
- Wash strawberries and cut out the crowns in a v shape.
- Take a fully cooled cookie cup and pipe frosting into the cup. You want to be a little generous here.
- Then push a strawberry on top of the icing and add a pink candy nose just under the strawberry.
- Take a toothpick to spread some of the icing to create the white beard.
Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.
Saturday 24th of December 2022
You could definitely use stabilized whipped cream...there are several ways to make it, and in my opinion, homemade whipped cream, stabilized with powdered milk tastes better than anything!?
Friday 3rd of February 2023
It is delicious! I think you can definitely be flexible with the ingredients where you want to.
Saturday 26th of November 2022
Easy to make with only a few ingredients. TIP: if making ahead wait to put strawberry on until last minute otherwise will bleed into icing.
Thursday 17th of November 2022
So cute! They already come out of the oven with a dip in the center so I didn’t see the need to press down on the tops simply to fill with even more icing. The natural dip is enough. I used the squirt can of cake decorating icing that comes with tips to make it come out squiggly which is perfect for the beard. If you don’t press down, one can should be enough.
Thursday 15th of December 2022
Thank you for sharing! I hope you enjoyed them.
Monday 14th of November 2022
Awesome idea. We do a holoday cookie exchange. I plan to take these. Thanks!
Monday 24th of October 2022
Very cute idea. I will be making these for our company Christmas luncheon, along with your Christmas tree brownie cups. Thanks you so much for the adorable ideas!