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The Cutest Gnome Cookies

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. 

Gnome cookies cups with strawberry hats

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 ingredients

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!

cookie dough in mini muffin tin

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.

cookie cups on wire rack
create cup in cookie

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.

sliced strawberries

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.

cookie with frosting

Then push a strawberry on top of the icing and add a pink candy nose just under the strawberry.

add strawberry to frosted cookie

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??

santa gnome with beard

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.

gnome cookie cups on plate with milk

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!

sliced cookie cups with strawberry

Want more gnomes? Check out our Valentine’s Day Gnomes and Leprechaun Gnome cookies. Enjoy!

gnome cookie cups recipe

Gnome Cookie Cups

Andrea Updyke
4-ingredient gnome cookies are as cute as they are delicious! A perfect dessert for your Christmas cookie exchange, a garden party or whenever you want a treat.
4.38 from 309 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Additional Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 205 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

See step by step photo instructions in the post if needed.
Optional: Dip strawberries in candy melts to add a variety of colorful hats.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 31.2gProtein: 1.1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 107mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 23.4g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

Recipe Rating




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Dena

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.

Peggy

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.

Barbara Melendez

Monday 14th of November 2022

Awesome idea. We do a holoday cookie exchange. I plan to take these. Thanks!

Lauri

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!

Kristen

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

This is a ridiculously long post for a recipe. So many darn ads I gave up screen-shotting the post. I mean come on..... how much monetizing do you NEED for one post/one recipe?

Patti

Saturday 19th of November 2022

@Kristen, I agree with you that’s why I always just click on jump to recipe, I believe all of them have it.

Katherine

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

@Kristen, I’ve actually learned to just scroll down to the bottom of the post so to find the actual recipe because they’re all like that which is so annoying.

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