How to make it

  • In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients together, then add to wet and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll a scant tablespoon full of dough into ball.
  • Then roll slightly one end to look like a mouse’s body for each cookie.
  • Press eyes (Mini chocolate chips) firmly into the head end of the cookie.
  • Insert a part of licorice in the other end for a tail.
  • Add two small balls at back of head to make ears.
  • You want them a bit thin and gangly looking, since they’ll puff a little when you bake them.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheets (or use silicone sheets or parchment)
  • bake in 325 F oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden.
  • Let cool.
  • Can set them around a slice of cheese for effect.

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  • DonnaSD 2 years ago
    My mom started making these 20 years ago and they have become a family favorite and a tradition. We make them every year. However, we use unsalted peanuts for the ears and we use a toothpick to make a hole in the rear and bake WITHOUT the licorice. Then, when the cookies come out of the oven and are still warm, push a 3" piece of licorice into the premade hole. I wouldn't put the licorice in the oven.
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    aussie_meat_pie ate it and said...
    This is such a cool recipe, this needs a 10.
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  • peetabear 5 years ago
    way too cute... I have 2 friends that collect mice things... this would be great to make when they come over for coffee... ^5
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    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    This will be fun to do with the kids.
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    dmajor ate it and said...
    Too cute!high 5!
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    dollhead ate it and said...
    Yes...the licorice doesn't melt or something?
    I am teaching a kids class next month and this is a great idea-I'm guessing licorice stays intact since the cookies are baked with licorice in place?
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    juels ate it and said...
    Wow, how cute! Love these guys and my kids will definitely get a kick out of these! So, does the licorice do fine in the oven?
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    Just adorable, karlyn! My thanks and my 5, my friend.
    Lorraine
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