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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Recipe

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice Recipe

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: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:60 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Immediately insert licorice pieces into warm cookies for tails. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional 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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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!"

mieoliphant User ID: 1820982 205796
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"We have been making these mice cookies for years (since they appeared in my Taste of Home Magazine). My kids love making them and eating them. The kids insist on taking photos of the group, of them in their hands, and of them half in their mouth with the tail hanging out. What can be more fun for a kid, than pretending!

They turn out just like the photo here.
We also do with out the holly and berry, but they still look cute."

yogi_77703 User ID: 3577475 103469
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"i made these and they didn't flatten out at all. they were just like the picture.  I remember however, that i warmed the dough in my hand so the dough would stick together and not fall apart, made a tight ball and then tapered the end. i didn't know that the dough rose , so the first batch my mice came out big, so i made them smaller and the second batch was perfect. i couldn't find the holly and berry decorations, so i omitted them. i served them on paper doillies, they were so cute. yogi"

asouth User ID: 1670095 52982
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I also had a problem with them turning out much flatter than the photo. (Still looked like mice, but not like the picture) Even making the balls round and large, they still flattened out. I'm guessing the test kitchen uses a convection oven and that might have helped with the ones in the picture.

Some of the peanuts fall out when the cookies flatten.
I was able to freeze these with licorice and candies in.
I used green and red sprinkles rather than the cake decorator holly and berries. Still looked fine."

Grandmanonna User ID: 1012471 143399
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"You may need to add just a bit more flour."

VickiMiley User ID: 3618712 90634
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I can not get my mice to retain thier shape, they flatten out. Help?"

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