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Chocolate Cookie Mice

Author/Submitted by: Pillsbury, Cookies, Brownies & Bars, 1991
Servings: 36
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

3/4  cup  granulated sugar
1/2  cup  butter or margarine, softened
1/2  cup  shortening
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1    egg
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" pieces

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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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