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I have made these cookies with my grandkids and they just love that they are little “mice”. Not only are they cute and adorable, but they are delicious as well!

*Don’t be put off by the time it takes to make these, 1 hour is for chill time.

If you can’t find black licorice, you can use red pull and peel Twizzlers for the tails.

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Prep Time: 1 Hour and 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 45 Minutes
Servings: 60 cookies


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (NOT low fat)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • peanuts, split in half
  • mini M&M's
  • miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • black shoestring licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl combine peanut butter, butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla.

  2. In another bowl whisk together flour and baking soda; gradually eat into peanut butter mixture (dough will be soft). Refrigerate until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; taper one side to resemble a mouse's nose. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Add peanuts for ears, M&M's for noses, and chocolate chips for eyes.

  5. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately insert licorice pieces into warm cookies for the tails. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.

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