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Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

With their black 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
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Immediately insert licorice pieces into warm cookies for tails. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition 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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  • Barbara
    Dec 17, 2020

    These are very time intensive to make. They all looked like misshaped globs when removed from the oven, including the ones I refrigerated again before putting into the oven. This recipe rates no stars and a never again rating!

  • cchristie5
    Dec 12, 2020

    A real disappointment! Made and baked according to recipe. They were raw inside, even when baked longer. Put them down the disposal!

  • aje127
    Nov 27, 2018

    These were a pain to make. The ears and tail didnt stick. And they were just "ok". Cute idea but not worth the effort.

  • ebramkamp
    Nov 26, 2017

    These cookies are so cute on the holiday cookie tray. I've been making them for years. They are also a huge hit at the bake sales.

  • laceyone64
    Oct 26, 2017

    Adorable and yummy

  • LoriGrzybowski
    Jun 28, 2013

    No comment left

  • shellhai
    Jun 24, 2013

    Very fun to make with kids. Kids love them!

  • dragonflymyty
    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.

  • bwrasman
    Dec 13, 2012

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  • NancyHanks
    Dec 10, 2011

    I've been making these for years. My children often help. Thanks for the wonderful family tradition!