Christmas cookie exchanges are something I look forward to each year. I love to see everyone’s creations. This year, I thought about making those reindeer cookies — you know, the kind where you use broken pretzels for the antlers. But, I wanted something different, something no one had seen before. Something fabulous and frugal AND unique. So, I thought – what about a mouse instead of a reindeer — you know, a la “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse . . .”
You can use any cookie recipe that will hold its shape well while cooking, or use my recipe below. A sugar cookie dough that won’t spread flat. You roll the dough into egg shapes and then roll them in cinnamon sugar and bake. Then, take them out of the oven and, while still hot, insert the almond slices for ears, the mini-chocolate chips for eyes, the small red candy for a nose and a thin licorice rope for a tail.
These were a HUGE hit at the party I went to, and some people even laughed out loud. They look so cute on a platter of assorted cookies!
Happy Hollydays to All!
2 – 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
3 ounces cream cheese
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cinnamon sugar for garnish
Candies for making cookies look like a mouse
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients.
Roll pieces of dough into balls the size of ping pong balls. roll into egg shapes. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Bake at top of oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until solid and lightly browned.
Take out of oven and add garnishes to make cookies look like a mouse, working quickly while cookies are still warm. Use sliced almonds for ears, mini chocolate chips for eyes,
a small red candy for nose and licorice ropes for tails.
For other fun cookies for your exchange parties, I highly recommend the baking blog of my friend Barbara, who has the most fabulous and extensive Christmas cookies I have ever seen on a blog. Amazing creations! You will find dozens to choose from!
– posted by Donna