Chocolate Christmas Mice Delights are a family favorite. What’s not to like? Hershey Kisses, Oreo Cookies, maraschino cherries, almonds. These are simply sinful. The recipe came from an old magazine which has long since been lost. The ingredients and steps are seared into my memory and have been adapted and modified every year. Here’s the way I make them now.
24 Oreo Cookies
24 maraschino cherries WITH stems
24 Hershey Kisses
48 Sliced almonds in oval shapes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
2 teaspoons shortening
1 small tube each of decorator icing in green and red
Separate the Oreos carefully, keeping all the crème filling on one side of the cookie. Set these aside. Unwrap all the Hershey Kisses and set aside in a bowl. Select 24 cherries from the jar and set on paper towels so juice can drain off. Pick cherries with stems intact as these become the mouse’s tail.
In a small bowl, place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the shortening. Microwave for short intervals until the chocolate melts and you can stir it. The amount of time varies from one microwave to another. If you prefer, this can be done in a saucepan on the stove.
Here’s where things get fun. Dip each cherry, one at a time, into the melted chocolate, covering the stem too. Gently press the cherry into the Oreo crème on a cookie. Position it a little to the side of center. Place one Hershey kiss on the same cookie with the flat side pressed up against the cherry. The kiss forms the face while the cherry is the body and tail.
While the chocolate is still melted, carefully wedge two almond slices between the cherry and the kiss. They should be on the top of the mouse and positioned as ears. Set the mouse on a platter in the refrigerator to harden. Repeat these steps for the remaining 23 mice.
When all the mice have been constructed, decorate the faces using red icing gel to put a tiny bead on the tip of the kiss for a nose. Two dots of green are positioned about halfway back on the kiss, one on either side, to make eyes. With a steady hand, draw a tiny holly leaf on the Oreo cream with the green icing and adorn it with 1 or 2 red holly berries made with dots of the red icing gel. Store the mice in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can use the colored crème cookies but red tends to look a little sinister. Green and white crème work best.
It is important to drain the cherries well. The cherry juice can make it difficult for the chocolate to adhere to the cherry.
If the chocolate sets up on the cherry before you get the ears on, simply dip the bottom of the almond piece (the wider section) into the melted chocolate about 1/16 of an inch and press into place.
When you purchase the maraschino cherries, make sure they come with stems. Not all do. I discovered this when I was setting up to make these and opened the jar of cherries and discovered no stems.
Source: Personal Practice