Not a Creature was Stirring – Not even a Mouse Cookie

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Making peanut butter Christmas mice cookies is a non-negotiable holiday tradition around here. They are easy enough that the kids have been able to help since they were very young but cute enough that we feel like we’ve made something worth showing off. Oh, and they’re yummy.

I got this recipe from a clipping from the Taste of Home magazine. I may have even ripped it out of a magazine in a waiting room—yes one of our strongest holiday traditions may have been initiated by petty crime. I still have the page but it is ripped, stained and wrinkled. I was able to find the recipe on their website — Peanut Butter Christmas Mice–I’m thinking finding recipes on websites was not a “thing” when I started making these.

Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Beat the peanut butter, butter , sugar, and brown sugar until creamed and then beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour and baking soda then gradually mix.
If you have time, refrigerate the dough until it is easier to handle. It gets a bit soft and sticky. Form into tablespoon sized mice by forming into a ball and then pinching one end into a mousy nose.

Mise en place la rodentia

Mise en place la rodentia

For the mousy features you will need:
1/2 cup peanut halves
2 tablespoons M&M’s minis (in holiday colors if you can find them)
4 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Shoe string licorice (I use the strawberry twists and separate them)

Does this remind you of a 19th century factory?

Does this remind you of a 19th century factory?

Insert peanut halves as ears, chocolate chips for eyes and a mini m&m as a nose. Do NOT add the tail yet. It is best to have an assembly line of child workers for this step as the recipe makes quite a few cookies.

I had to import some extra cute for this project - my nephew!

I had to import some extra cute for this project – my nephew!

Some quality control may be necessary to ensure that there will be no cyclopean mice  and that the supplies last for the duration. Mice eyeballs and noses are tastier than you’d think.

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Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. While baking, prepare a batch of licorice mouse tails by cutting the licorice strands into 3-4 inch sections.

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Be careful the pan is hot!

As soon as they come out of the oven insert the tail and let cool.  Then devour.

Mice are best eaten by dangling over your mouth by their tail

Mice are best eaten by dangling over your mouth by their tail

Fun tradition! I love hearing what others do to mark the holiday season.

So cute! I’m going to make some with my kids this year. Thank goodness we have cell phones that take pictures now, so we no longer have to steal magazine pictures from waiting rooms.

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