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Chocolate Cookie Mice

Recipe By : Pillsbury, Cookies, Brownies & Bars, 1991
Serving Size: 36
Preparation Time :0:00
Categories: Cookies

Ingredient

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine --softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour -- or unbleached
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
72 miniature chocolate chips
36 red or black licorice strips --cut into 2-inch pieces


Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, margarine and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and egg; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in the flour, cocoa and baking powder; mix well. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. To form a mouse, pinch one end of the ball to form the nose. For the ears, make 2 tiny balls of dough and flatten slightly; gently press into the dough on the upper front of each mouse body. For the eyes, press 2 miniature chocolate chips into the dough below the ears. Place the shaped cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 13 minutes, or until set. For the tails, immediately place a piece of licorice into the rounded end of each cookie. Remove from the cookie sheets.

Variation.

Chocolaty Shortbread Cookies: Prepare the dough as directed above. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 8 to 13 minutes, or until set. Cool for 1 minute; remove from the cookie sheets.













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