Chocolate Cookie Mice
Author/Submitted by: Pillsbury, Cookies, Brownies & Bars, 1991
butter or margarine,
unsweetened cocoa powder
miniature chocolate chips
red or black licorice strips,
cut into 2" pieces
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.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter 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.