Christmas Mice Shortbread

15 maraschino cherries with stems
2/3 cup white baking chips or chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
5 1/3 ounces shortbread triangles (or make your own)
30 sliced almonds
15 white baking chips or chocolate chips
Shredded coconut
15 cinnamon candies (red hots)

Cover work area with piece of waxed paper about 18" long. Dry cherries with 
paper towels. Place 2/3 cup chips and the oil in a 6 ounce custard cup. 
Microwave uncovered on HIGH 1 minute to 1 minute 10 seconds or until chips are 
softened; stir until smooth. Hold cherry by stems (mouse tail), and dip into 
melted chips, covering completely. Immediately place on shortbread triangle, 
with tail at 45 degree angle. Place 2 of the 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 toothpick 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 the whiskers and a cinnamon candy for nose. 
Let cool without moving 50-60 minutes or until melted chip mixture is firm and 
completely set. Store in cool place up to 1


Rhonda G in Missouri


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