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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Recipe

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

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"I have made these since 1989. They are always a hit when I make them for my son's class."

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Original recipe makes 60 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2004

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 used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and put a mini-m&m (red or green) for a nose. I also gave them a little Christmas holly bow by their ears with holiday sprinkles. Be careful if baked too long they tend to crack.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2006

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.


25 Ratings

Dec 23, 2004

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 used mini chocolate chips for the eyes, per a previous suggestion, but I was thinking, sprinkles for eyes and a mini choc chip for the nose would probably be cute too! These are great, just a little time consuming, but worth it! I did have to cook them a little longer than the recipe stated though.

Dec 14, 2004

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 found were that they spread quite a bit when I baked them, and looked more like flat cookies than puffy little mice. Still, they were really yummie :)

Dec 23, 2008

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 licorice wheels by Haribo for the tail. This worked well because they are wound-up so the tails curled well. Next time I will shape them into balls before the chill time. I lost patience with how long it was taking to mold the chilled dough and I think the chill is important to keep them from flattening out. My kids reminded me of another fun Christmas mouse I take a marachino cherry that has the stem on and dip it in chocolate. Then take a Hershey kiss and lay both on their sides on waxed paper as you touch the bottom of the kiss to the bottom of the cherry. The point of the kiss is the nose and the stem of the cherry is the tail. Then quickly slip two almond slices in between the kiss and cherry as ears (with the rounded part up). Allow chocolate to dry and then come back later and make eyes with a toothpick, using royal icing, melted white chocolte, or even the frosting you can buy in a tube. Remember the ears are kinda fragile. My dad loves these because he is a big chocolate cherry fan!! Thanks for posting the peanut butter Christmas mice. They are more old fashioned looking than the cherry mice and I was looking for an old fashioned Christmas this year!

Sep 14, 2005

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".

Dec 04, 2004

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 then expected, because of forming them into the little mouse shape and putting the eyes and ears on each one. I also substituted mini chocolate chips for the eyes. HAVE FUN!!

Dec 18, 2006

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 shape as they bake. I found the licorice a little frustrating, too. The cookies cool pretty fast and the licorice doesn't like to go in very far. Maybe I'm just putting them down too low on the rear?


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  • Calories
  • 118 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 48 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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