Peanut Butter Christmas Mice
Total TimePrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
Makesabout 5 dozen
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Peanuts, split in half
- Brown M&M's minis
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Black shoestring licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Beat peanut butter, butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture (dough will be soft). Refrigerate until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; taper one side to resemble a mouse. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Add peanuts for ears, M&M's for noses and chocolate chips for eyes.
- Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Immediately insert licorice pieces into warm cookies for tails. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
Editor's NoteReduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Nov 26, 2017
These cookies are so cute on the holiday cookie tray. I've been making them for years. They are also a huge hit at the bake sales.
Oct 26, 2017
Adorable and yummy
Jun 24, 2013
Very fun to make with kids. Kids love them!
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.
Dec 10, 2011
I've been making these for years. My children often help. Thanks for the wonderful family tradition!
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.
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...
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!
Dec 27, 2010
The Best,fun to eat kids love them
Nov 27, 2010
Make sure you use real butter, not margerine, and they will not flatten.
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