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Dessert: Christmas Mice Cookies -

Christmas Mice Cookies

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2cupmargarine, softened
1cupcreamy peanut butter
1/2cuppacked brown sugar
1tspvanilla extract
1 1/2cupall purpose flour
1/2tspbaking soda
1/2pkgpeanut halves
1jar(2.25oz) red cinnamon candies
4yards thin red licorice, cut in 3-inch pieces

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Beat margarine and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add sugars, beat well. Combine flour and soda, gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
2.   Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Taper one end of each ball to form a tear-drop shape. Press one side flat. Place flat sides on ungreased cookie sheets with cookies 2 inches apart. Press in sides of dough to raise backs of mice.
3.   Gently place 2 peanut halves in dough for ears. With wooden toothpick, make 1/2-inch deep hole at tail end. Bake at 350F for 9 minutes. Remove cookies from oven.
4.   Place cinnamon candies for eyes & bake an additional 1-2 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven, insert licorice tails and cool completely on baking sheets. Makes 4 dozen.
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