Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

OMG! These are almost to cute eat! Peanut butter cookie dough makes the body, peanuts for the ears, an M&M candy nose, chocolate chip eyes, a licorice tail and the cutest accessory of all, a Holly berry "bow" made with frosting and candy. Happy Holidays and enjoy!

Photo by gwen s.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 1/2

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2

    cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2

    cup peanut halves

  • 2

    tablespoons green and red M&M's miniature baking bits

  • 4

    teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • Cake decorator holly leaf and berry candies

  • 60 to 66

    pieces red shoestring licorice (2 inches each)

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. (Dough will be soft). Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets. Pinch each ball at one end to taper. Insert two peanut halves in center of each ball for ears. Add one M&M baking bit for nose and two chocolate chips for eyes. Arrange holly and berry candies in front of one ear. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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