Make These Gnome Cookies and Win at Christmas Cookie Exchange!

I love a good Christmas cookie and these gnome cookies make the best Christmas cookie exchange party cookies ever! They’re simple, fun and so tasty, you’ll love ’em.

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Make easy gnome Christmas cookies for your cookie exchange party in minutes!

Gnome Cookies

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are a little Christmas obsessed–gnome obsessed–treat obsessed. And, frankly, sometimes these things come together in a beautiful rush of icing and crazy. As a result I get this amazing cookie that is so much fun I have to share as soon as possible.


This is the case with these gnome Christmas cookies. They’re just so fun and silly, touching on gnomes and Christmas and yum. If you’re ready for a little trifecta of tasty, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Gnome Christmas Cookies

  • When you’re making iced Christmas cookies, it’s always a good idea to start by making the icing just a little bit thicker than you think it needs to be. You can always put a dab more liquid to get it to the right consistency, but you can never take any out.
  • I like to make all of my icing at one time and color them all before I start–that way I have an idea of what color I’ve got in hand to do all the decorating.
  • When you’re doing the icing, use the smallest round decorating tip that you have. Or cut just the teeeniest tiniest tip off your decorating bag. You want to work in very small amounts of icing because it does spread a little and you want to be able to control that.
  • If you don’t mind the colors blending a bit, you can ice one color after the other. But if you want nice clean lines between each color of icing, you have to wait a good long time between each. I like to wait at least 30 minutes, but sometimes a couple of hours.
  • To make these adorable gnome cookies, you should totally use this gnome cookie cutter. It makes it so much easier to make these cookies, you know, instead of cutting them out by hand. LOL!
  • I grabbed some random sprinkles to make the decorations on my gnome cookies, but you can draw some with icing even, if you don’t have anything handy.
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How Do I Make Gnome Cookies?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 18

Gnome Cookies

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I love how easy these gnome cookies are. They make for the most simple iced Christmas cookies and will absolutely wow everyone at your Christmas cookie exchange party!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 cup aquafaba, about 1/2 cup or 2 eggs (I ran out of eggs so I used bean juice)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspn vanilla extract, clear
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 3 cups flour


  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup aquafaba (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Green gel food coloring


  1. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Cream together your sugar and oil, then add aquafaba (or eggs--I was just out of them) and the vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet in 1/3 increments, stirring between each. The cookie dough should be kind of crumbly, so don't panic.
  5. Turn the cookie dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper. Don't bother to dust the parchment paper with flour, as the cookie dough won't stick to it.
  6. Roll out the cookie dough to 1/4-inch thick.
  7. With your Christmas gnome cookie cutter shape, cut out your cookies.
  8. Remove all of the excess dough from around each of the cookies. photo collage tutorial of how to make christmas elf cookies
  9. Move the whole parchment paper sheet to the baking sheet. Do not move the cookies individually, you'll mess them up.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes. They will not be browned at all, but you don't want them to. If they have even a hit of brown, the cookies will not be soft in the middle.
  11. Keeping the cookies on the parchment paper, transfer them to a rack to let the cookies to cool completely.
  12. Make the icing by combining all of the icing ingredients and beating until smooth.
  13. Separate out about 1/4 of the icing into a second bowl. Separate the remaining portion of icing into two bowls.
  14. With one of the larger icing portions, add 8-ish drop of green food coloring and stir it until the color is the green you want. Cover this and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
  15. With the other larger portion of icing, add 8-10 drops of red food coloring and stir it until the color is the red you want. 
  16. Place the red icing in a decorating bag with your smallest round tip.
  17. Pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of the cookies along the hat or shirt or pants. If you're doing the shirts, be sure to leave a space for the beard. Immediately fill in the desired area, covering it completely. Allow this layer of icing to crust over and dry for 2-3 hours. DO NOT DISCARD THE RED ICING. Simply cover and place in the fridge
  18. With the green icing, pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of the next area, immediately filling in the entire space.
  19. Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.
  20. With the white icing, pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of the beard, immediately filling in the entire beard. DO NOT DISCARD THE WHITE ICING. Simply cover and place in the fridge
  21. Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.
  22. With 1/2 of the remaining white icing, add 1-2 drops of yellow food coloring to make a pale yellow/peach colored icing. Stir until the color is consistent.
  23. With this peach icing, pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of the face, immediately filling in the entire face.
  24. Add one round yellow sprinkle in the center of the face for a nose.
  25. Make dots on the shirts with the white icing.
  26. Make dots of any color icing on the hats, placing a star sprinkle or round sprinkle on the top of each of those dots.
  27. Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.
  28. Enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make christmas gnome cookies for the holidays


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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