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An Easy Kids Recipe

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

Courtesy, Taste of Home

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup granulated 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

Decorations:

  • Peanuts, split in half

  • Brown M&M’s minis

  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • Black shoestring licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces

DIRECTIONS

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

Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.