Shortbread Christmas Mice #CookieWeek

Cute little Shortbread Christmas Mice. Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time. 

Shortbread Mice | Cravings of a Lunatic | Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time.

Aren’t these adorable?

Aren’t these just the cutest things ever?

Don’t you just want to make them?

Don’t do it man!

It’s all an evil plot to drive you mad dog crazy at Christmas time. Ya, they’re adorable. Ya, they’re cute. Ya, you want to make them.





Can you tell they drove me crazy? Honestly, these mice are evil. And really particular to make. But if you want to be foolish and throw caution to the wind, well I can’t stop you. All I can do it give you the information and wish you well on your own journey to madness. You’ve been warned. Here’s the stupid recipe!

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Shortbread Christmas Mice #CookieWeek
Cute little Shortbread Christmas Mice. Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time.
  • 15 maraschino cherries with stems (seriously man, good luck finding them. I live in a culinary wasteland and we cannot find cherries with stems if our lives depended on it)
  • ⅔ cup white candy melts (the original recipe calls for white chocolate chips, don't do it man, it's a trick. The chocolate slides right off the cherries, and they turn out yellowy, not white. It's a trick, use the candy melts I beg of you!)
  • ½ teaspoon veggie oil (I'm on the fence about this. It makes it runny and then the melts can slide off. If you use it you must use caution. Try half a batch with it first to see if they slide. If not forgo the veggie oil and save your sanity. It will be thicker but it will stick!)
  • 1 package of shortbread triangles (seriously, good luck finding a box of shortbreads with just triangles in it. We had to buy a mixed bag. But the perk is leftover shortbread cookies so there is some silver lining here)
  • 30 sliced almonds (buy way more than you need! Sliced or slivered almonds are the devil's handiwork. They break easy and they always have half a bag broken, so you have to pick through. Cuz, you know, you don't have enough to do already finding cherries with freaking stems on them)
  • 15 white chocolate chips (um, nothing bad to say here, white chocolate chips rule)
  • 15 small red candies (this is just plain stupid, good luck finding noses for yours. If you live in the city maybe you'll luck out. I do not and tried 3 different kinds and they all slid off and looked stupid. But do yours with them. Then come back here and tell me off after you lose your patience placing them)
  1. Place some waxed paper on your counter so you have a work area for the chaos about to unfold.
  2. Dry your cherries with a towel. Honestly people, this takes forever and a day. I suggest drying them over night or pulling out a hair dryer to dry these suckers up enough for things to stick. And turn these devilish cherries upside down cuz the liquid likes to hide inside and just when you think they are dry you will turn them over and your head will want to implode from stress. Just warning you now.
  3. If you have bloody strength or patience left after the cherry incident from hell, you can now pop the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. It takes about a minute to a minute and a half to melt these but check them every 15 seconds one you hit a minute. You've been warned. They go from cute and melty to hard rocks of lead quickly.
  4. Now if by some miracle you found cherries with stems you can use the stem to dunk them in the candy melts. If not use a spoon to swirl the cherry around in the bowl, then lift it out and transfer to a fork so most of the excess doesn't come with it. Place the covered cherries on the shortbread cookies. Then hope for the bloody best at this point.
  5. If you lucked out and your cherries were dry, you can now wait about 30 to 60 seconds, then pop the almonds on in a 45 degree angle so they look like ears. This will drive you to drink so have liquor handy while doing this step.
  6. Now take your white chocolate chips one at a time, dunk them backside really carefully in the extra melts just enough to get a sliver of melt on it, then stick the nose to the front in the middle of the almonds. Good luck, have that liquor handy once again. You'll need copious amounts of it. Ask the kids to leave the room. I can't be responsible for the words that will come out of your mouth at this stage.
  7. You can put a little red candy on the front for a nose. Good luck. I expect you want to punch me in the throat right about now. You're welcome.
Recipe adapted, with no ill will intended, from Betty Crocker's Christmas Cookbook.

Thanks for the laughs Betty!

Shortbread Mice | Cravings of a Lunatic | Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time.

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Shortbread Mice | Cravings of a Lunatic | Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time.

Now go make these annoying cookies right now. I want to hear if you’re experience was as brutal as mine. Cute little suckers my goodness, it’s the devil’s handiwork here. Good luck keeping your sanity. Please don’t come back and yell at me. Or punch me in the throat when you see me. I warned you they were going to drive you over the edge. You’re welcome.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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      • wendi says

        I laughed all the way through your instructions because I have been through what you went through and said the same thing. LOL You and I would definitely get along just fine. My grandma used to make these when she was younger, She is 95 now and certainly would like to help me make these, but don’t know if she would remember how to make everything from scratch like she used to. She made the shortbread from scratch and that took care of finding the triangle shortbread cookies. :) But I don’t know that she used cherries with stems for the body of the mouse…because she made hers chocolate, so I will have to talk to her and see what she used for her mouse ears and body. I will see if she remembers…but she is 95 so don’t get your hopes up. lol

  1. says

    I’m glad you made these so I don’t have to. 😉 They look great, but after reading the procedure and your warnings? No way! Good thing I’m not that much into “cute” anyway! And I feel your pain when it comes to finding maraschino cherries with stems. Our regular grocery store actually carries them, but it took me forever to find them. They weren’t stocked in the baking section with all the other maraschino cherries (red, green, whatever). It was only when I asked at the service desk whether they could order some that they said they had them. Shelved next to the olives! Who’d think? I gather their thought process was that maraschino cherries with stems are often used in drinks, and olives are used in martinis, so shelve the two together. Makes sense, I guess, but weird.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I cannot stop laughing at your first sentence. I questioned how honest I should be but holy heck, these about killed me. I’m not a morning person so wrangling mice in the wee hours did not help matters.

      I wonder if I ask the store to carry if they will order them for me. It might work. Mini-me works at one of our local stores so maybe she can twist some arms. It bums me out I can never find them. I may have to try the gourmet shop in the city and see if the olive trick works.

  2. says

    Greatest.CookieWeek.Recipe.EVER. I needed a laugh this morning! Sorry for your pain- they really are cute cookies! Buuuuuut I think I’ll give them a pass. Holiday baking stresses me out enough as it is!

  3. says

    I am sharing this post all =-the-hell over the place. This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time, and I think we’ve all been there as we’ve watched icing drip and noses fall off and our fingers get glued to the thing we’re trying to glue together.

    In other words, this totally made my day.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Dying laughing at your response Donna. I had so much fun writing this. I wrote it immediately after making them and apparently I was still really, really bitter. It felt cathartic, then I hit send and went wth did I just do. Betty Crocker is going to show up and demand their book back. I paid $5 for that thing. I won’t do it. They can’t take it away from me.

  4. Patty M says

    This post made me laugh. I think we all have made a cookie or two that looked easy and then turned out to be a pain in the neck. Thanks for taking one for the team!

  5. says

    Having once attempted to make snowmen out of marzipan (don’t do it) I can tell you the nose trick. Take a toothpick, dip it into some chocolate (dark for a dark nose, white with red food coloring for a red nose) and dab it on. There’s no need for it to protrude and no candy is going to stick on there…ever. Living in Manhattan, we have access to all manner of maraschino cherries and a large jar, with stems, is always in our refrigerator. We put them in our cocktails like sensible people. :)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I swear these cookies were part of some scheme to drive me mad. See here’s the thing, why do mice even need red noses? They’re not reindeer, so weird.

      I have 4 jars of stemless cherries in my fridge. I swear they’re multiplying, like mice.

  6. says

    You are hilarious, Kim! I know what you mean about people professing white chocolate will work when the truth is the melts work better. Oh! And yes your shortbread mice are adorable…And Pinterestable =)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Kim. I know right, chocolate hates water and maraschino’s are full of juicy water. So weird. It was like a giant cherry slip n slide over here.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Joanne. I had so much fun writing about my issues with this one. They turned out cute so it ended well. Lol!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, it’s so hard to find. I may hit the city. I am desperate for stems. I need stems. Why can’t I have stems.

      Whew, it’s driving me mad.

  7. says

    Oh my goodness, how adorable are these??? Ok, so I heard your warnings but … I don’t know … They’re kinda irresistibly cute so I may just have to suck it up and make ’em. My girls will go crazy for them! And I know a few adults who will ooo and ahh also. Love!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, try them at your own risk. They are cute, just make sure you dry those darn cherries and use melts. And have a glass of vodka to soothe your nerves first. lol

  8. says

    They are so adorable! You actually took the words right out of my mouth. This is what I would call a weekend project. Setting aside a whole day for nothing but this recipe. Less likely to get frustrated when there is nothing else to attend to…not that that happens often.

  9. Wendy says

    Thanks for the laugh this morning. I needed it after waking up all congested with cold. LOL When I saw the name of the recipe I was thinking that the little mice were actually made out of shortbread but nope apparently you have to be drunk to make them lololol At any rate since I detest marischino cherries if I were to make this I’d make it how I thought they were going to be made. Just use my melon baller and make round shortbread balls then coat that with the white chocolate and continue on. I took my unsalted butter out last night to make shortbread today so I’m going to try these. If they don’t turn out we’ll eat them anyways lol

  10. says

    Oh man, this post gave me a good chuckle. Also, seriously love the mice, and they look wayyy more appealing than the ones that end up in our mousetraps! Thanks for the laugh!

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