Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Recipe
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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 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
  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Christmas Mice in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p27

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shellhai User ID: 7313550 129249
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"Very fun to make with kids. Kids love them!"

dragonflymyty User ID: 6378455 50751
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"These mice are absolutely adorable and taste delicious. They are relatively easy to make, but I have had issues with the decorations staying put."

NancyHanks User ID: 250004 90638
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I've been making these for years. My children often help. Thanks for the wonderful family tradition!"

picabo User ID: 58783 90354
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"great for a different type of cookie for your Christmas cookie exchange. Easy to make too,get the kids involved for those special Christmas memories that they will remember long after the cookies are gone."

AmyADavidson User ID: 2405284 56085
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"The appearance far out weighs the taste - because I am a peanut butter cookie fanatic. A little tedious with the holly around the ears but totally worth it. Kiddos LOVE this and will eat it even if it's not so tasty. Not sweet enough. Also, be sure to insert the tails fresh out of the oven or you can't get them to go in. If you delay, you must repeatedly explain that a cat ate their tail..."

cariley User ID: 3871073 134295
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"These are easy to make and surprisingly good. One year I found little red kissy-lip sprinkles for the faces. What a fun addition to a Christams cookie plate!"

krystal9 User ID: 5257380 52985
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"The Best,fun to eat kids love them"

vsturgell User ID: 95961 50750
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Make sure you use real butter, not margerine, and they will not flatten."

beagle5 User ID: 4353144 50707
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I've been making these mice cookies since the recipe was first published. They are always a HUGE hit!!!"

Karen Miller User ID: 2508303 205797
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"Cookies are light and tasty and so cute!"

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