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                           Chocolate Cookie Mice
 
 Recipe By     : Pillsbury, Cookies, Brownies & Bars, 1991
 Serving Size  : 36   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Shaped Cookies                   Cookies
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      3/4  cup           granulated sugar
      1/2  cup           butter or margarine -- softened
      1/2  cup           shortening
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
    1                    egg
    2 1/4  cups          all-purpose flour -- or unbleached
      1/4  cup           unsweetened cocoa powder
      1/2  teaspoon      baking powder
   72                    miniature chocolate chips
   36                    red or black licorice strips
                         --cut into 2-inch pieces
 
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat the
 sugar, margarine and shortening until light and fluffy.  Add
 the vanilla extract and egg; blend well.  Lightly spoon
 flour into measuring cup; level off.  Stir in the flour,
 cocoa and baking powder; mix well.  Shape the dough into
 1-inch balls.  To form a mouse, pinch one end of the ball to
 form the nose.  For the ears, make 2 tiny balls of dough and
 flatten slightly; gently press into the dough on the upper
 front of each mouse body.  For the eyes, press 2 miniature
 chocolate chips into the dough below the ears.  Place the
 shaped cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
 Bake for 8 to 13 minutes, or until set.  For the tails,
 immediately place a piece of licorice into the rounded end
 of each cookie.  Remove from the cookie sheets.
 
 Variation.
 Chocolaty Shortbread Cookies:  Prepare the dough as directed
 above.  Shape the dough into 1-inch balls.  Place 2 inches
 apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten slightly with a
 glass dipped in sugar.  Bake for 8 to 13 minutes, or until
 set.  Cool for 1 minute; remove from the cookie sheets.
 
 
 
 
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