Chocolate Mice Cookies

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I remember my fellow second graders going absolutely nuts when my mom made these little guys for my school birthday celebration (ahh, those were the days). Out of nostalgia, or maybe just a routine weekend sugar binge, I went about making 24 cute new friends. Recipe below pictures.

Enjoy!!

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Chocolate Mice Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter softened
1 Cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C Dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Decorations:
Slilced almonds, shoestring red licorice, cinnamon red hot candies (I used rainbow candy coated chips), frosting (or melted chocolate).
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325. In medium bowl on medium speed, cream first 3 ingredients.
In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt; sift over butter mixture.  Reduce speed to low, beat until incorporated.
Shape dough into 1″ balls, form balls into elongated egg shapes. Pinch 1 end of each into a slight point for mice heads.
Place on ungreased baking sheets about 1″ apart. Carefully insert 2 sliced almonds per mouse in the pointy end for ears.
Bake for about 12 minutes, or until just set.  Do not over bake (these are particularly easy to burn).
While cookies bake, cut licorice into desired length for tails (I cut to around 3″). Immediately after baking, insert tails at the rounded ends of mice. Remove to wire racks to cool.   Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or in heat safe pan above simmering water). Pour melted chocolate into a parchment cone, or make a tiny cut at the end of a resealable plastic bag. Pipe chocolate to make mouse eyes and nose, or simply use it as the glue to attach Red Hots or other items.
Makes about 4 dozen.
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One comment

  1. super cute

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