Monday, December 7, 2009

Snowman Treat Tin & Recipe Monday #10 Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

This Snowman Treat Tin makes a quick and easy gift for neighbors and friends, but it gives your gift a sweet, handcrafted boost over a store-bought Christmas tin!  The Big Shot Scalloped Circle Die makes a quick little face, and just rounding the corners on some scraps of Basic Black cardstock created a hat. 

I used the 1/2" circle punch for eyes and made a triangle nose.  The holly leaves are just the large oval punch punched (sort of randomly) with a circle punch to create the points, and the berries are 1/4" circles. (I had seen this done previously in several places.) I used the back side of the 3/4" Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon for his hatband.  It was assembled with sticky strip and SU! glue sticks. The 5" diameter and 7/8" tall tin was found online.

Now, what will you put inside to complete your gift?  A few chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter fudge or raspberry truffles would be nice, or what about today's recipe?

Peanut Butter Mice

1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter (no substitutes), softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup peanut halves (roasted not raw)
2 tablespoons MINIATURE M&Ms
Red shoestring licorice-separated into strings 2 inches long

Cream peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour/until easy to handle.

Roll into 1 inch balls… 2 inches apart on baking sheet, and pinch one end into a taper for the nose. Insert 2 peanut halves in the center of each ball for ears. Add a brown or red M&M for the nose and use two brown, blue or green M&Ms for the eyes.

Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until set. On pan, gently insert a read licorice piece into each cookie for a tail. (Yield 4 dozen)


Adriana Benitez said...

Soooo cute! The tin is adorable, but the cookie mouse is just the best! TFS!

Ann said...

Rhonda this is just adorable!! Love the tin and the peanut butter mouse!

TrishG said...

Those mice are too cute! Your decorated tin is very nice