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Christmas Mice Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine Desserts

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (15.25 oz) package of Oreo cookies (regular, peanut butter, mint, or your favorite)
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package of chocolate almond bark
  • chocolate chips for ears
  • candy eyes
  • orange jimmies (you can buy orange ones, or just pick them out of a multi-color bottle)
  • Twizzler’s Pull & Peel licorice – 1 to 2 ropes – cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces and pulled apart.
  • 1/16 teaspoon Nuthin’ But Datil Datil Pepper Powder – if desired for a spicy kick!  (Just a little pinch is all it takes)

Instructions
 

  • Place half of the Oreo cookies in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until crumbly.  Add the rest of the package of Oreos and process until coarse crumbs.
  • Cut cream cheese into several pieces and place into food processor with the Oreo crumbs.
  • If desired, add Nuthin’ But Datil Datil Pepper Powder to food processor.  (Obviously this is not for everyone, but that little extra kick from the datil pepper, along with the chocolate, is something special.)
  • Pulse until combined and mixture forms a ball.
  • Remove the Oreo mixture from the food processor and roll into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour to harden and firm up the dough.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator.  Roll into desired shapes using about 2 tablespoons of dough.  To make the mouse shapes, form the mixture into a log, slightly rounding and fattening one end, while tapering the other end almost to a point for the nose.
  • Place shapes on parchment paper of foil lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  • When ready to dip in coating, place several blocks of almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high speed for 30 seconds.   Remove from microwave and stir.  Continue to microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted.  (Be careful not to over heat.  If this happens, and it starts to harden up, add a small amount of vegetable shortening and stir until creamy and thin enough to dip.)
  • Remove dough from freezer and dip into melted almond bark.  Using a fork or dipping fork, remove the mouse and gently shake off the excess almond bark back into the bowl.  Place on parchment paper or foil using a toothpick or the tip of a knife to push it off the fork.
  • Immediately place 1 piece of Twizzler’s licorice at back end for tail, 2 chocolate chips on their sides for ears and add the candy eyes.  If chocolate coating hardens before you can place everything, dip a toothpick in the candy coating and use to add the ears or eyes if necessary,
  • Allow to harden completely before moving to a closed container.  Store in the refrigerator.