Well, wouldn’t you know-here I was, all happy to be getting rid of zombies, and they went and left behind some devilish little chocolate mice.
These aren’t your cute little furry mice, hanging out and eating your cheese. These are demony devily mice. Look at their red horns and blood red eyes!
I must also mention one more thing--they’re so freaking tasty! Yes, seriously. You don’t need mousetraps to enjoy these freaky little mice. With just a few simple ingredients, you too can be eating these truffle-like vermin.
How great would these be on your Halloween party table? You could scatter them around the table, or serve them up on a plate. Because who doesn’t like a plate of fresh mice? Especially the ones with a juicy red heart that bursts in your mouth? Mwahahaha!!!!
Let’s get started on these super simple treats!
Cherry Chocolate Mice
adapted from Taste of Home
-1 cup chocolate chips (I always use Ghirardelli Bittersweet)
-3 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, DIVIDED *SEE NOTE
-1 tsp espresso powder
-2/3 cup sour cream
-1 (10 oz.) jar of maraschino cherries w/ stems, drained and set to dry on paper towels
-Wilton Red Cookie Icing **SEE NOTE
-Melt the chocolate chips, either in the microwave or on the stove top. Stir until smooth.
-In a medium sized bowl, mix the melted chocolate, 2 cups of the cookie crumbs, espresso powder and sour cream. When completely combined, chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
-Make the mice: Take some of the crumb mixture and roll it into a ball the size of a walnut. Continue doing this until you've used all of it. You should end up with 15 or 16 balls.
-Take a ball and flatten it in your palm, then take a cherry, pointing the stem out of the flattened disk (for the tail).
-Shape the dough around the cherry, using your fingers to shape it into a teardrop mouse shape; the warmth of your hands will allow you to sculpt it around the cherry--and be sure to leave the cherry stem sticking out the back. Set aside, and do this with the rest of the balls of cookie crumb mixture.
-Roll each mouse in the remaining cookie crumbs for that "fuzzy mouse" look. Poke 2 slivered almonds in at the front for "devil horns," and decorate them with a bit of the red cookie icing. I also used the red cookie icing in small dabs for the eyes and mouth.
-Chill in the fridge, and store any leftovers in the fridge. as well.
*It took 6 cups of cookies to get 3 cups of crumbs. You can spend a small fortune on the chocolate cookie wafers (why are they so pricey?!), or use chocolate animal crackers, like I did, or even chocolate graham crackers.)
**Feel free to use whatever you like for decorating--these are only guidelines.
- When working the dough around the cherry, don’t get discouraged. Like I said, as you work it, the warmth from your hands and fingers will soften it up and allow you to close any gaps and work it into the right shape.
- Your hands will get messy, but that’s part of the fun, and clean up is a breeze.
- The mice are nice and fudgy and there’s a nice burst of flavor from the cherry.
- The kids will love to help with these!
- Don’t forget about these at Christmastime! Just use sliced almonds instead of slivered for the ears--no devil horns. I also think you could use white chocolate and light colored cookies for white mice.