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Peanut Butter Mice

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup peanut halves

2 tablespoons green and red miniature M&Ms

4 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

60 pieces 2-inch red shoestring licorice

Directions:

In mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda and gradually add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Pinch each ball at one end to taper. Insert two peanut halves in center for ears. Add a M&M for nose and two chocolate chips for eyes. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail. Place on wire racks to cool.

Number of Servings: 5 dozen