Peanut Butter Mice
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut halves
2 tablespoons green and red M&M mini baking bits
4 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Cake decorator holly leaf and berry candies
60 pieces red shoestring licorice (2 inches each)
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
2. Beat in egg and vanilla.
3. Combine the flour and baking soda; gradually add ot the creamed mixture.
4. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
5. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
6. Pinch each ball at one end to taper.
7. Insert 2 peanut halves in center of each ball for ears.
8. Add one M&M baking chip for nose and 2 chocolate chips for eyes.
9. Arrange holly and berry candies in front of one ear.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set.
11. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail.
12. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Pairs Well With
A few years ago I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine. The kids (and adults) love when I make them at Christmas.