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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

 Peanut Butter Christmas Mice
With their red licorice tails, candy noses and peanut ears, these chewy "mice" were always a hit at classroom parties. My children are in their teens now, but they still ask me to make these cookies for the holidays. -Nancy Rowse Bella Vista, Arkansas
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

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 McCormick® Pure 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 minis
  • 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 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-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased 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 mini for nose and two
  • chocolate chips for eyes. Arrange holly and berry candies in front
  • of one ear.

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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Yield: about 5 dozen.