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Shortbread Christmas Mice #CookieWeek
Cute little Shortbread Christmas Mice. Sure to delight kids and adults at Christmas time.
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 2/3 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!
  • 1/2 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
Instructions
  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 Notes

Recipe adapted, with no ill will intended, from Betty Crocker's Christmas Cookbook.

Thanks for the laughs Betty!