Prep Time: 35 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Chill Time: 2 Hr.
What you need:
* 3 c. all-purpose flour * 1/2 tsp. salt * 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter * 3/4 c. sugar * 2 tsp. vanilla extract * 1 egg * 1/2 c. California raisins, chopped fine * 48 perfect slices natural almonds (about 1/4 c. sliced) * 3 oz. semisweet chocolate mini chips * 4 black licorice laces (each about 30 in. long)
What to do:
1. Measure flour and salt into small bowl, and whisk together; set aside. 2. In another bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high until creamy, about 2 min. Add sugar, gradually, beating until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 3 min. Beat in vanilla and egg, separately. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, one-third at a time, beating after each addition until well blended. 3. Then, knead or stir in chopped raisins. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces, shape into flat disks, and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hr. 2. Then, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. To make 24 mice, for each one, shape 1 Tbsp. dough into an oval ball and shape to make nose and eye sockets. Gently press 1 mini chocolate chip into each eye socket and press 1 almond slice into dough on either side behind eyes for ears. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, about 2 in. apart. 3. Bake at 350°F until light golden brown, about 15-20 min. Remove from baking sheet and cool slightly. Divide each licorice lace into 6 pieces about 5 in. long. Then, with a skewer, make a hole about 1/2-in. deep into round end of each ball and insert piece of licorice lace for tails. Set aside to cool on rack. Store in airtight container.
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