Santa Gnome Cookies

Santa Gnome Cookies by Melissa Joy

Coming off of the labor intensive gingerbread village I shared with you in my last post, these guys were a breeze to make! After some persuasion from a cookie friend {you know who you are}, here is a brief tutorial on how to create these rustic gnomes, all Santa-esque, in time for Christmas.

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I first found a photo in holiday catalog similar to this design and made a quick sketch. Since it was influenced by an image, I didn’t have a cookie cutter exactly like it but knew I had some general shapes that would fit the bill.

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I wanted a long, pointy hat and a fuller beard so I used these two and did a little cuttin’ and pastin’.

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Notice I sort of shaped the dough a little longer and smoother to get the look I had envisioned. It’s all good, because they bake together nicely.

Now let’s get to the icing! First the white beard with sanding sugar and then the red hat. I did leave a small space between the two on purpose. The colors would bleed if they touched when wet, so I choose to leave a space to shorten the wait time. You do have to allow the top and bottom dry a wee bit before you pipe the nose though…

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It’s best to hold off until the next day to add the patterns to your hat with a food coloring marker. You could always pipe the details on, but I liked the ease and freedom of the Doodler. how to by melissa joy cookies

And that is how I made my Santa Gnomes!

Santa Gnome Cookie by Melissa Joy

I wanted a woodsy, folk art feeling with these cookies and I really loved the result. The patterns for my hats were inspired by my crazy talented brother-in-law who is an incredible artist. His drawings are made up of wonderful characters influenced by his surroundings in Maine. I cannot wait to brag him up once his Etsy shop is running. The kid is amazing!

Santa Gnomes Cookies by Melissa JoyAnother holiday post completed and a few more for you when I get the chance…wonder if I could do the 12 cookie blogs of Christmas?

17 thoughts on “Santa Gnome Cookies

  1. Making these this year! I may just have to handcut though….I just love them to pieces! And thank you for making the tutorial, and so quickly!!!

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  5. I see this was posted several years ago, but I am sending compliments anyway! I am 1/2 Norwegian and always on the lookout for super cute ideas for the holidays. Many thanks

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