Wednesday, November 14, 2012

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest - Peanutbutter Mice by Nikki!

I'm very happy to share the ninth recipe in my Christmas cookie recipe contest - Peanutbutter Mice by Nikki Lancaster! Nikki says this is her children's favorite cookie! Thank you Nikki for sharing the recipe with us - voting begins on Thursday, November 15, 2012!

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice


Makes about 5 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter (reduced fat or generic brands of peanut butter not recommend)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut halves
2 tablespoons green and red M&M's baking bits
4 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
60 to 66 pieces red shoestring licorice ( 2 inches each)
Cake decorator holly leaf and berry candies

Directions:

1.In a large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda, gradually add to the creamed mixture.(Dough will be soft) Refrigerate for 1 hour.

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 baking bit 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.

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