originally posted in Taste of Home a few years ago. The last time I made it was at least 3 years ago, but Ethan has a good memory. His cub scout pack held a cookie derby last week, and this was the first cookie that popped in to his head.
Peanut Butter Mice Cookies
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup peanut halves
1/4 cup mini M&Ms (green and red for Christmas, or whatever color you choose)
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
60 2" lengths of shoestring licorice (we used Twizzler pull n' peel)
In a medium bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter and sugars. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and then the flour until a dough forms. Cover with saran wrap and chill for an hour or until easy to handle.
Roll into 1" balls, lightly pinching one end of it to form a nose. Insert two peanut halves for ears, two chocolate chips for eyes, and a mini M&M for a nose as shown above. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until set. Immediately insert tail pieces, allow to cool for a few minutes on the sheet, then carefully remove to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.