Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

Course : Cookies
Serves: 1
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1/2 Cup butter or margarine -- room temperature
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour

Preparation / Directions:

For Decoration: Peanut halves, chopped green and red candies, licorice laces, cut in 3 inch lengths. Beat butter and peanut butter in a large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and baking soda until well blended. Cover and chill about 1 hour until firm enough to handle. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have cookie sheets ready. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 inch balls. Taper each ball by one end into tear drop shape. Press one side flat. Place flat sides down 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press in sides of balls to raise "backs of mice". (Dough spreads slightly as it bakes.) Gently push 2 peanut halves in each for ears and 2 pieces of green candy for eyes. With a wooden pick make a 1/2 inch deep hole at tail end. Bake 8-10 minutes until firm. Remove to rack, insert licorice tails and cool completely. Makes 60.

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