Christmas Mice Cookies Recipe
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"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house/Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... "
These macaroon-like cookies are easy to make, and kids will have fun helping to decorate them. Barbara and Virginia suggest serving the mice on a plate all pointing in the direction of a piece of cheese. For added fun, you can even place one mouse on top of a piece of cheese.
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2-3 drops green food coloring
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 30 almond slices
- 15 currants or small red candies
- Green (sour apple) whips (laces) or other candy whips of your choice, cut into fifteen 6-inch pieces
In a small cup, stir together the condensed milk and 2 or 3 drops food coloring, or enough to create a very pale green color. Make sure the food coloring is completely mixed through the milk.
In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, coconut, and condensed milk mixture and process until all the ingredients are well combined and the coconut is minced finely, about 1 minute. Remove the blade from the food processor.
Scoop up a tablespoon of the coconut mixture, then gently push it out of the spoon with another spoon onto a work surface. Shape the mixture into a mouse, pinching a narrow nose on one end and a plump rear on the other. Using a spatula, transfer the mouse to a plate. Repeat until all the mice have been formed.
Place 2 almond slices on each mouse "head" to create ears, and put a currant or candy at the tip of each nose. Using the decorating pen, draw an eye on each mouse. Position a piece of candy whip for the tail on the plump rear, opposite the head. Cover the mice lightly with aluminum foil. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 15 cookies
Adapted from "Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange" by Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt (Chronicle, 2010)Servings: 6