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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

"I have made these since 1989. They are always a hit when I make them for my son's class."
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1 h 40 m servings 118 cals
Original recipe yields 60 servings (60 cookies)

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  1. In a large bowl combine butter and peanut butter; beat until creamy. Add brown and white sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and baking soda until well blended. With mixer on low, mix in flour just until blended. Cover and chill for 1 hour, or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Shape 1 level tablespoon of dough into 1 inch balls. Taper each ball at one end into a teardrop shape. Press flat on one side. Place flat sides down, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press the sides of the dough in to raise the 'backs' of the mice, as dough will spread slightly during baking.
  4. Gently push 2 peanut halves in each 'mouse' for ears, and 2 pieces of green candy for eyes. With a toothpick make a hole 1/2 inch deep in the tail ends.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until firm.
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack and insert licorice pieces as tails.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 118 calories; 5.2 g fat; 16.3 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g protein; 7 mg cholesterol; 48 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I made these cute little guys for my daughter's preschool Christmas party. They were a huge hit. They are a little time consuming, but are worth the effort for a special children's cookie. I ...

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These are cute but VERY time consuming and difficult to work with. The tails are challenging and the dough does not hold together very well for molding. They do taste quite good though.

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I made these cute little guys for my daughter's preschool Christmas party. They were a huge hit. They are a little time consuming, but are worth the effort for a special children's cookie. I ...

I love this recipe! I made these adorable mice for a Christmas party I had, and people enjoyed them so much my husband requested to take a batch to his Xmas potluck! They tasted delicious too....

I made these for a cookie exchange as well and everyone thought they were really cute. I used black licorice instead of red, and little silver ball candies for the eyes. The only problem I fou...

These are really cute. I used almond slices for the ears. I think I like these better than peanuts because the ears are bigger. They are more fragile with the almonds. I also used black lico...

SOOO Cute. Made these for my Christmas cookie boxes and everyone is still talking about them. I also decorated them with mini candy holly leaves, just at the base of one "peanut half ear".

These are very cute, great alternative to plain old peanut butter cookies. I brought them to a cookie exchange and everyone thought they were a very cute idea. They did take a little longer th...

These are great! I found that they spread a little, so be sure to follow the recipe and make the backs of the mice tall instead of flattening them out too much. They will flatten to a normal s...

These are SO CUTE! I made them for a cookie exchange and of course they were the hit of the party. I made a double batch so it took some time, but they are so worth it. Even my 12 year old son s...

Very time consuming but worth the effort. The dough was very crumbly and I had to squeeze it to make it work. I apparently didn't make the backs pointed enough because I ended up with flat mic...