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Shortbread Christmas Mice

These cute little Shortbread Christmas Mice are fun for kids and adults to make during the holidays. Whip some up for this Christmas!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, mice cookies, shortbread christmas mice
Servings: 15
Calories: 199kcal


  • Place some waxed paper on your counter so you have a work area for the chaos about to unfold.
  • Dry your cherries with a towel. Honestly people, this takes forever and a day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg