Don’t you love these cute little cookies? I love baking around the holidays. Especially cookies. I love baking all of my family’s favorite cookies and putting them all on a giant tray at the same time. You know, all at once, together in one place. Little things make me happy, what can I say?
Most of my boy’s favorite cookies are big, hearty, rustic type cookies like peanut butter and oatmeal raisin and massive chocolate chip cookies with lots of nuts. Delicious but, not that cute and certainly not pretty little dainty things. So, I always try to put a surprise cookie on the plate, a cute cut out cookie or one with fancy frosting ( I even made a pink cookie once… once). Most cute little cookies are just for fun and to make people smile. But, these cute little cookies are actually good! They are made out of a firm sugar cookie dough that is shaped like little mice and the ears, eyes and tails are put on after baking while the cookies are still hot.
- 2 – ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Cinnamon sugar for garnish
- Candies for making cookies look like a mouse
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients.
- Roll pieces of dough into balls the size of ping pong balls. roll into egg shapes. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Bake at top of oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until solid and lightly browned.
- Take out of oven and add garnishes to make cookies look like a mouse, working quickly while cookies are still warm. Use sliced almonds for ears, mini chocolate chips for eyes,
- a small red candy for nose and licorice ropes for tails.
Have fun visiting the other great bloggers and trying some of their favorite recipes! Here are the links to the Christmas Cookie Party 2014.
See you soon!