- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, no substitutions
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup peanut halves
- 2 T. M&M mini baking pieces in red and green
- 4 tsp. mini chocolate chips
- 66 pieces (2 in. long each) red shoestring licorice
- OPTIONAL: holly/berry mini candies
In a large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in egg & vanilla. Combine flour & baking soda. Slowly beat into the creamed mixture.
Chill until easy to handle. (1 hour)
Roll into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Pinch each ball to taper into the shape of a tiny mouse body.
Insert two peanut halves into the center of the body, one on each side, for ears.
Add one M&M baking bit for nose on the pointed end of the body. Add two chocolate chips for the eyes on either side of the nose. OPTIONAL, arrange a holly/berry in front of one ear on the “girl” mice.
BAKE at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, or until set. Carefully insert one licorice piece into each warm mouse for a tail. Remove to rack after cooling for 5 mimutes on the cookie sheet.