Joe made these cute little mice last year for his teachers. He placed each mouse on a triangle of cardboard and wrapped it in a cellophane sheet, tied with a Christmas ribbon.
This is adapted from Betty Crocker’s Christmas Cookbook.
Cherries, with the stalk still on and not overripe
100g milk chocolate
Milk chocolate chips
Ready-made yellow and red icing tubes
Wash and thoroughly dry cherries.
Melt the chocolate gently in a microwave or over a pan of boiling water. Holding a cherry by the stalk, dip it completely into the melted chocolate and remove. Place on top of a shortbread triangle with the stalk at the back and slightly up to create a tail. Place 2 sliced almonds at the front for ears, and using the melted chocolate as glue, place a chocolate chip on to the bottom of the almonds to form the face. Pipe on two eyes with the yellow icing tube and a mouth using the red tube. Leave to cool.
These won't keep, so eat within a couple of days.
For other homemade Christmas gifts, see Crunchy Sugar Mice, Candy Striped Pencils and Chocolate-dipped Orange Peel.