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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

With their black 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: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 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 Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • aje127
    Nov 27, 2018

    These were a pain to make. The ears and tail didnt stick. And they were just "ok". Cute idea but not worth the effort.

  • ebramkamp
    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.

  • laceyone64
    Oct 26, 2017

    Adorable and yummy

  • shellhai
    Jun 24, 2013

    Very fun to make with kids. Kids love them!

  • dragonflymyty
    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
    Dec 10, 2011

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

  • picabo
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 27, 2010

    The Best,fun to eat kids love them