Christmas Gnome Cookies

Published Date: November 28, 2022

These Christmas Gnome Cookies are the cutest cookies on the table! Not only are they festive and fun, but they are also so tasty! Delicious frosting and fresh strawberries are nestled inside a rich sugar cookie cup. Finished with a cute candy nose, these cookies are perfect for the holiday season.

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • This recipe is great to make with kids, as they can build their own gnomes!
  • We love being able to customize the toppings on these cookies. 
  • Christma Gnome Cookies are so fun to make for holiday parties!
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Christmas Gnome Cookie Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough
  • White Frosting
  • Strawberries
  • Skittles

*see recipe card for amounts

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How to Make Christmas Gnome Cookies in the Oven

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, spray a 24-tin mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Step 2: Break the Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookie squares apart and place them in the bottom of each muffin tin.

Step 3: Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 4: Once they’re done baking, remove them from the oven. If they sank down in the middle of the cookie to create a well, place the muffin pan on a cooling rack. If the cookies didn’t sink in the middle, gently push down on the center of the cookies with the back of a tablespoon measure to create a well. Then set aside to cool.

Step 5: While the cookies are cooling, wash and pat dry the strawberries, cut the tops off each one, and pat the cut side dry.

Step 6: Once cool, take each cookie cup and use a spoon or butter knife to add about 1-2 tablespoons of frosting to each cup. Overfill the cups on the front side of each one and drag a bit of the frosting to the front of the cookie cup to create a beard.

Step 7: Top each frosted cookie with an upside-down strawberry to create a gnome hat.

Step 8: Then place a small dollop of icing centered on the bottom half of the strawberry. Place a Skittle on the icing for the gnome’s nose. Repeat until all of the cookies resemble gnomes, and enjoy!

Storage and Re-heating Notes

These cookies are best when fresh!

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover cookies in an air-tight container in the fridge. Eat the strawberries within 2 days, but the cookies are good for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: This recipe is not a good candidate for freezing. 

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Helpful Tips & Substitutions

Can I use M&Ms instead of Skittles?

Yes, you can use mini or regular-sized M&Ms as a substitute.

Frosting Substitutions

If you have a frosting recipe you love, feel free to use that instead of store-bought.

I don’t have any strawberries. Can I use something else?

Use something else that’s triangular shaped, like raspberries or Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses.

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Christmas Gnome Cookies

These Christmas Gnome Cookies are a wonderful treat for the holiday season! Yummy sugar cookies are filled with frosting and topped with a delicious fresh strawberry for a flavorful and festive treat!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Gnome Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling/Assembly: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 184kcal

Equipment

  • Mini Muffin Tin
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough refrigerated
  • 24 oz can white frosting
  • 24 strawberries medium/large
  • 24 Skittles light pink, red, or green

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, spray a 24-tin mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Break the Ready to Bake Sugar Cookie squares apart and place them in the bottom of each muffin tin.
  • Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Once they’re done baking, remove them from the oven. If they have sunk down in the middle of the cookie to create a well, place the muffin pan on a cooling rack. If the cookies haven’t sunk in the middle, gently push down on the centre of the cookies with the back of a tablespoon measure to create a well. Then set aside to cool.
  • While the cookies are cooling, wash and pat dry the strawberries, cut the tops off each one, and pat the cut side dry.
  • Once cooled, take each cookie cup and use a spoon or butter knife to add about 1-2 tablespoons of frosting to each cup. Overfill the cups on the front side of each one and drag a bit of the frosting to the front of the cookie cup to create a beard.
  • Top each frosted cookie with an upside-down strawberry to create a gnome hat.
  • Then place a small dollop of icing centered on the bottom half of the strawberry. Place a Skittle on the icing for the gnome’s nose. Repeat until all of the cookies resemble gnomes, and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are making these for a big get-together, make sure to assemble them and keep them in the refrigerator before serving. The juices from the strawberries and the candy coating can run a bit if they sit out too long.
  • I like using Baker’s Joy with flour when baking with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Be sure to dry the strawberries well, as you don’t want excess juice on the frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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