Santa Sock Monkey Cookies

Bring on Christmas!  It seems like I have been waiting since BEFORE Thanksgiving get started on Christmas cookies, and FINALLY it’s time.

Each week I get at least three emails asking me how I gave my sock monkey cookies a “knitted” look, I’d just never found the time for a how-to.  I thought it might have to wait a bit longer, but when I took out my Christmas ornaments I found these, which gave me an idea…

Santa sock monkey cookies!  Pretty good, right?

If you’re looking for a good sock monkey cutter, you should check out this one designed by YOURS TRULY.

It’s manufactured by Ecrandal, and comes in small, medium, and large.


 To make these cookies you will need:

  • red piping and flood icing
  • ivory piping and flood icing
  • brown piping and flood icing
  • stiff white icing fitted with a #16 tip
  • large black candy beads
  • a small amount of black piping icing

First, outline each section of the cookie.  Then use red icing to fill the hat area and to add lips.  I used a #2 tip for every color EXCEPT the ivory.  I wanted it to be a little more prominent than the knitted part of the face.

Next, fill the face area with brown icing.  Make sure not to fill it too full.  We’ll soon be adding more icing to the brown, and we don’t want it to overflow.

As you’re doing this, remember to work one cookie at a time so that they won’t dry too much to add the pattern.

To create the knitted look, use ivory to make stripes through the brown icing and quickly drag a toothpick through the icing in a wave pattern.  Down, then up, then down, and so on…

Finally, drop two black candy beads onto the wet brown icing.

Give that a bit to dry {about an hour, more if you have bleeding issues} then flood the lower face with ivory icing.

I let that dry a few more hours, then I used a stiff royal icing and a #16 tip to add a fluffy edge and pouf to the Santa hat.

To finish up, I used a #1.5 tip to give the monkeys a little smile.  If I have made the red lips a little “smiley-er” I might have been able to skip this step, but I didn’t think my monkeys looked quite happy enough as they were.

Let them dry, and you’ll have sock monkey Santa Cookies.  If you want regular old sock monkeys, follow the same steps, just change the red portion of the hat to ivory, and the white to red.  Confused yet?

Anyway, it seems like my sock monkey cookies and ornaments made fast friends…

These would be the perfect Christmas gift for the sock monkey lover in your life!

If you need help with full body sock monkeys, I have you covered.  For a how-to, click HERE.

Are ya’ll ready for Christmas? I know I am! I hope everyone has a safe and happy week!

Happy Decorating!