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Whipped, The Blog
By Caroline Lubbers, Whipped, The Blog
Makes 3 dozen
12 tablespoon Butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
For Making the Mice:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add both sugars and mix. Add one egg and vanilla and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, mix flour and spices until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combine.
Measure 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into an oval. Make one side a bit pointed to form the nose. Put the cookies on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Mix egg with 2 tablespoon water to form an egg wash. Brush it on each of the cookies. Add almonds for ears, a Chinese noodle for a tail and cut a currant in half to form two eyes.
Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned.
Note: My mice spread out a bit more than I wanted. Next time I will put them in the refrigerator for an hour or so to try to keep them a bit rounder.
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