Christmas Mice Shortbread
These would also be great for kids parties. They would also love to help make them and placing them on a saucer next to Grandma and Grandpa's cups of coffee or on a plate of cookies for Santa.
15maraschino cherries with stems, drained
2/3 cwhite baking chips or chocolate chips
1/2 tspvegetable oil
1 pkg(5.3 ounce) shortbread triangles
15white baking chips or chocolate chips
15red cinnamon candies
How to Make Christmas Mice Shortbread
- Cover work area with pieces of waxed paper about 18 inches long.
- Dry the cherries with paper towels being careful not to pull of the stems and set aside.
- Place 2/3 cup of chips and the oil in a 6 ounce custard bowl and microwave uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 10 seconds or until chips are softened;remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- Hold 1 cherry by stem (mouse tail) and dip into melted chips, covering completely.
- Immediately place them on shortbread triangles, with tail at 45 degree angle.
- Plave 2 sliced almonds against front of cherry to form mouse ears. Repeat with remaining cherries, shortbread and almonds.
- Using the remaining melted chips as glue and a tooth-pick to spread the melted chips, attach the flat side of a whole chip (flat side back) to the base of the almonds to form the mouse head.
- Using melted chips as glue, attach a few shreds of coconut for whiskers and a cinnamon candy for the nose.
- Let cool without moving 50 to 60 minutes or until melted chip mixture is firm and completely set.
- Store in cool place up to one week. Decorate your cheese platter with them by placing them on shortbread triangles. But you can use other purchased or homemade flat-surfaced cookies for the bace of your mice decorations.