Christmas Mouse Shortbread

Christmas Mouse Shortbread are deliciously tasty Mexican chocolate shortbread shaped into an adorable Christmas dormouse.
Christmas  Mouse Shortbread

Christmas Mouse Shortbread

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Christmas Mouse Shortbread Disclaimer: Thank you to Millican Pecan, Anolon Bakeware, Sweets & Treats and Adams Extracts, for providing the prizes for #ChristmasCookies Week free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Christmas Mouse Shortbread is my recipe of the day. I am posting this  one and a couple of others with Christmas Cookies Week, of which there is also a giveaway. Scroll down for further details and cookies.

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Christmas  Mouse Shortbread

The Christmas Mouse Shortbread cookies are flavored with Adams extract and use Sweets & Treats black and multicolor sugar pearls as decor for eyes and noses.

mice, pearls and vanilla

Shaping the Christmas Mouse Shortbread require hollowing out the undersides of the dough to promote even baking.

shaping mouse dough

Sliced almonds are pressed into the dough before chilling to serve as ears.

attaching almonds to dough

Two black sugar pearls serve as eyes. Since the sugar pearls cannot withstand the baking process, they are pressed into unchilled dough and then removed with a toothpick.

This leaves indentations to add the pearls later, after baking, with edible adhesive. The colored pearls used for noses are added and removed the same way. If the dough is baked with the pearls those will melt so don’t forget to take them out!

If you don’t make the indentations, as the cookies bake, the shortbread will firm, making it difficult to add the pearls in a way the keeps them from falling off after decorating. But it is very easy to put in, remove, and add again later.

attaching pearls to dough

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Christmas Mouse Shortbread

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Christmas Mouse Shortbread

Christmas Mouse Shortbread

Sue Lau
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough Chill Time 1 hour
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 4 dozen cookies


  • toothpick


Cookie Dough:

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar syrup or light corn syrup
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup black cocoa powder

Cookie Decor:

  • 96 black sugar pearls
  • 48 assorted color sugar pearls
  • 96 sliced almond pieces
  • 6-10 square wrapped Kraft caramels
  • 2 ounce bottle Wilton Dab-n-Hold Edible Adhesive


  • Cream together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add cane sugar syrup and vanilla, mixing well.
  • Add salt, cinnamon, flour, and black cocoa then mix into a stiff dough.

Begin shaping mice:

  • Use one tablespoon dough per mouse.
  • Shape into a flattened oval or pear shape.
  • Make an indentation on the underside of dough and smooth edges.
  • Place dough indentation side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Insert two almonds as ears, and three appropriately colored sugar pearl for eyes and nose.
  • Then using toothpick, carefully pry out the sugar pearls, leaving indentations. Keep the almonds in.

Chill dough on baking sheet for one hour.

  • Half hour into chilling, preheat your oven to 375F.
  • Place baking sheet in hot oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet.
  • When cool, use the edible adhesive to dab a little in the indentations and attach eyes and nose.
  • Roll out pieces of caramels into a thin rope. Flatten one end and apply a dab of edible adhesive and gently press onto the rear of the mouse.
  • Curl tail around and apply a dab of adhesive on the edge of the back and tack the tail there, and curl it around as desired.
  • Allow cookies to dry and set undisturbed.
  • Store in single layer in tins when set.


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Christmas  Mouse Shortbread

Christmas Cookies Week Giveaway:

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Millican Pecan

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

Adams Extracts

 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.

Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Anolon Bakeware

Established in the 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats

Sweets and Treats logo

Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 

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6 responses

  1. My favorite Christmas cookies to bake are sugar cookies with different toppings. Those Christmas dormouse cookies are so cute, I may try those too.

  2. My favorite Christmas cookies is oatmeal scotchies. I probably eat half the bag of butterscotch chips before we even have the mixing bowls out!!

  3. Pingback: Pecan Pie Cookies – Art of Natural Living

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