Christmas Mice

Each year, for our annual Christmas open house, we make these very cute Christmas mice. They are a great addition to a cookie tray. I think more of them are taken home wrapped in napkins than are actually eaten at the party. 🙂

Christmas Mice

The bodies of the mice are made from maraschino cherries dipped in chocolate. I drain and rinse the cherries and leave them on paper towels for 30 minutes to an hour, changing the paper once. They need to be fairly dry before dipping in chocolate. The stems become the tails. When dipping, totally seal the area of the cherry at the base of the stem. Don’t dip the entire stem in chocolate.

Christmas Mice

While the chocolate is still soft, add the heads (Hershey’s Kisses) or, if the chocolate hardens, you can dip the bottom of the Kiss in chocolate and stick it to the body.

Christmas Mice

The ears are sliced almonds, dipped in chocolate and set behind the head. They can be added while the body chocolate is still soft, but the timing is tricky. Too soft and the ears slip down the sides. Too hard and they don’t stick at all. I find it easier to attach all of them at the same time. I break an almond slice in half, dip the broken side in chocolate and attach it just behind the head.

Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice

To make the mice, you need:

  • maraschino cherries with stems
  • Hershey’s chocolate Kisses
  • sliced almonds
  • silver dragees (If you don’t want to use the little silver balls, you can make the eyes with cookie sprinkles or a spot of frosting.)
  • melted chocolate for dipping (I use semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 oz. of unsweetened baking chocolate added.)

In this picture you can see the set up. The pan of chocolate sits on a heating pad that has been wrapped in a towel and covered with aluminum foil. The gentle heat from the heating pad keeps the chocolate melted. The almonds are in a bowl for easy sorting. The dragees are attached by holding them with tweezers, barely dipping them into melted chocolate. They easily stick to the head (Kiss). I smear a small bit of chocolate on the aluminum foil which keeps the chocolate soft, and also gives me a perfect spot for dipping the eyes without immersing them too deeply into the chocolate. If you find the dragees do not stick well, set the tray of mice in the refrigerator for five minutes or so. When the melted chocolate touches the cold Kiss, the eyes will adhere immediately.

Christmas Mice

I make about 90 of these mice for our open house. Each jar of cherries has 27-31 cherries in it. DD#3 loves to find stemless cherries in the jar. She gets to eat those. 🙂

Do check the jar label. Some maraschino cherries have stems, some don’t. We live in a small town and can’t always find stemmed cherries locally. Larger grocery stores with more variety are an hour away. I sometimes pick the cherries up in the summer or fall before Christmas so I have them when I need them.

Try creating your own Christmas mice! They are fun to make and look cute on the cookie tray, as you can see in this picture of cookies packed for the volunteer firefighters. Boxes also go to the police station, the staff at DD’s school, and others.


~~Rhonda 🙂


  1. Posted December 19, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    The Christmas mice are so stinkin’ cute!

    I have been watching for my tray of cookies from you, but they haven’t arrived yet! LOL

    Just kidding, but they do look scrumptious!

  2. Kim
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the step by step instructions and pics. I had made these for my grand-daughter’s birthday when she had a Minnie Mouse party. But I had forgot exactly how it was done.

  3. Rhonda
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    You are welcome! Enjoy. 🙂 Thanks for leaving your comment. I always appreciate that. ~~Rhonda

  4. barbara
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    You might try these using white chocolate. They are great for halloween they look like lab rats. I use pink for the eyes.

  5. Linda
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    These are soooo cute. My mom made something like this using Oreo cookies, but I don’t remember how she did it, I will definitely make these up, and the white chocolate is a great idea for halloween, you could use the swirl Hershey Kisses for the head, or white chocolate tinted pink for Valentines Day, if we could get Hershey to make a white chocolate kiss, lol. Thanks for posting the photos, it makes it so much easier to follow.

  6. ~~Rhonda
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Barbara, they would be cute as white mice! Here’s a link for white meringue mice. I’d love to try these some day.


  7. Donna
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I make these every year too. However, I untwist an Orea Cookie and make the mice on the cookie base with Oreo filling still on it. The mice look like they are sitting on snow and it gives them a good base so that they are not as delicate to handle. I also take red and green icing gel and put a little holly and berry design on the “white snow”.

  8. Posted December 19, 2008 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know where you find (store) the triangle shortbread that you set the mice on?

  9. ~~Rhonda
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Iris, when I make them, I don’t put them on anything. The above post mentions putting them on Oreo cookies. I don’t know where you might find triangle shortbread. ~~Rhonda

  10. Sharon
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    These really are adorable. I found years ago that the almond ears are very easily broken when you try to cover your pretty cookie tray with plastic wrap. My solution was to make the ears from pink bubble gum. I use a sharp metal cookie cutter that has a small semi circle – mine just happens to be an angel’s head. I stack up two strips of bubble gum tape and press through them with the cutter (kids could easily do this part). That way, I have a pair of ears together when I get ready to apply them to the head. The pink is colorful and the ears won’t break. Really cute. If I skip a year and don’t make them, I get lots of whining and complaints.

  11. ~~Rhonda
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Sharon, pink bubble gum ears are a cute idea! I’ll try those next year. Thanks for sharing that tip! ~~Rhonda

  12. ♥ Carol ♥
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda ~ these are absolutely adorable !! I wish I had had this and the meringue mice recipe when I got married 6 years ago. We didn’t make the mice our theme but we did have some mice sitting around and watching the festivities ~ these would have been perfect to put on everyone’s tables. I will definitely be making some and giving them away at christmas once we move back to my home state of OH (I moved to TX when we married). Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and share all this with us 🙂 Merry Christmas Everyone !! And a safe and Happy New Year 🙂

  13. Jean Miller
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    The only thing that surprises me is that there are not more raving comments. I had never seen these little creatures before. The waitress in this charming Victorian restaurant brought one out to me when she found out it was my birthday. I find them so enchanting that I can’t wait to give it a shot. Thanks for your implicit instructions………..I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  14. Vanessa
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks sooo much for showing how to make these! I’m going to try to make some up for Christmas this year 🙂

  15. Pat Myers
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Rhonda: I’ve never seen such a thing as Christmas mice, but they are absolutely adorable. Can’t wait to try them and add to my Christmas tray.

  16. Nyla Poland
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda, a friend made these for Holloween one year, and they were so cute. I am making some for my grandchildren on Holloween, but I like to use the regular chocolate ones. I am going to put them on mice traps, you know the cheap kind that you find in the Dollar store. I will just take off the part that pops. I think they will be so cute and the kids will be able to handle them.

  17. Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Nyla, that sounds like a cute Halloween treat! Have fun! And be sure your maraschino cherries are the kind with stems…I’ve made the mistake of not checking before I bought the jar. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  18. Jara "Rat"
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Very nice!!! I like mice!

    Jara “Rat” , Czechia

  19. Paula Hilburn
    Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    The first time I saw these mice the person had put them in a shoebox. When you peak inside they look real. Scared the s*** out of me. But they tasted so good. Plus you don’t have to worry about putting plastic wrap over them and breaking the ears.

  20. Polly Broyles
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I have been making these for a long time and I always use the white bark for Christmas time and then place them on my tray of candy for gifts. They are a hit for sure. I purchase the small tubes of icing in pink for the eyes and make a green wreath around the neck and then make three red dots at the top for the holly berries! They are precious.

  21. Polly Broyles
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I forgot to make another important remark about othe white mice
    I dip the Hershey kiss in the white coating also and you hold the tip of it and dip and then the brown tip looks like the nose or you can use that gel frosting to make a red nose
    or pink etc
    You just have to try these

  22. Posted December 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Polly, thanks for sharing how you make your mice. And thanks for the great tip about dipping the Kiss so it leaves a nose! ~~Rhonda 🙂

  23. Stef
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    How do you store them?? Refrigerator?? Made some tonight and they are a great fun activity — thanks for the directions

  24. Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Stef, I just leave them out on a plate. They don’t last very long. 🙂 I’m glad you had fun making them! ~~Rhonda

  25. Jennifer
    Posted December 19, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this great idea!! I’m making some today. I can’t wait. 🙂

  26. Posted June 22, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    This is a great idea, I will be sure to give this a go with my children (Christmas or not!), thanks for making it easy to follow too.

  27. LeAnn
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I live in California so can’t purchase the silver dragees in our state- got them in New York 1 1/2 ago. What size did you use?

  28. Linda K..
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to make these tomorrow to take to the annual awards banquet for all the garden clubs in STL on Thursday. My home-schooled jr. garden club kids loved these last year. Remember when we toured your yard & craft room? They loved it. So did the moms!!

  29. Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Linda, I’m sure they will enjoy the mice! Yes, I remember the garden tour. It’s always fun to share the garden. The Jr garden club is the youngest group we’ve had the pleasure of hosting in our garden. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  30. Sandri
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I have made these before using only a picture that a friend took of his mothers. She used pink piping frosting for the eyes and nose. Everybody loves these!! I get requests all the time for these little critters! Some eat them in front of people who think they are real…so funny to see the reactions! Oh…I also melt the kisses so that the body and the head are the same color chocolate! Made them once and they were two toned cuz I didn’t pay attention to what chocolate I picked up.

    Thank you for your post!! 🙂

  31. Ella
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    How would I store these so I can make them at home and travel with them? Neat idea btw!!

  32. Posted November 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Ella, they would have to be wrapped carefully, so the ears wouldn’t fall off in transit. That’s the biggest problem with travelling with them. If you are able to assemble them except for the ears and add the ears when you arrive, that would be a good way to go. Otherwise, just put them in a shallow container with a lid and pack them with waxed paper maybe. Or maybe they would travel well in egg cartons? I haven’t tried that, but it might work well. Hope that helps! ~~Rhonda

  33. Posted December 6, 2011 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    These are adorable, and look like they could be so much fun! I have made them with two kisses together, but the cherries are a much better idea. Lovely post, and featured on our site for christmas.

    Merry christmas!

  34. Marie
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I designed a “Charming Tails” (the cute little mice) theme for a local Red Hatters club and was trying to figure out what to do for some treats – these are perfect!

  35. Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Marie, I’m so glad you found the Christmas mice. Yes, they would be perfect for a “Charming Tails” theme! Enjoy! If you have any questions, please ask. ~~Rhonda

  36. Teri Giese
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I saw this picture of the chocolate mice and fell in love, I love making editable animals for desert and these are absolutely darling!!! Thank you and am excited to make these for Christmas this year, thank you so vert much *❤* they are adorable !!!!!

  37. Sue Kovack
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I set these around my cheese tray! The chees is stacked so allows for room to cover the mice and cheese without breaking the ears. I use a xmas gift box and red or green tissue paper scrunches up in balls and then into a box. I then wrap the box with sarah wrap or foil either one.
    One grand daughter wanted me to make thirty for her class one year. I have fun decorating them all different if time allows.

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