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Midnight Mice

 Midnight Mice
Put these on a plate and they'll be gone in no time! Kids will love decorating the mice with assorted candies.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
36 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 36 pieces black shoestring licorice (2 inches each)
  • Assorted candies: Red cake decorator dots, M&M's semisweet miniature baking bits and black sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the peanut butter, butter and vanilla until
  • blended; gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Stir in cereal.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls, tapering one end to resemble a mouse.
  • Position almonds on heads for ears. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating and shortening;
  • stir until smooth. Dip mice into coating; place on waxed paper-lined
  • baking sheets. Immediately insert licorice for tails. Add red dots
  • for eyes and M&M's miniature baking bits for noses. Sprinkle with
  • black sugar. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 3 dozen.