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Snowball Truffles
Hanging Santa
Pipe Cleaners, Colds and Christmas
Bath Bombs
The Fun of Christmas Decorations
Old-fashioned Crêpe Paper Chains
Secret Gilded Walnuts
Beaded Icicles
Feather Angels
Christmas Bunch of Baubles
Crackers and Pullers
All Presents and Correct
Shrinkie Key Rings
Funky Bookmarks
Christmas Pud Truffles
Herb Jelly
Crunchy Sugar Mice
Old-fashioned Peppermint Creams
Christmas Star Biscuits
Chocolate-dipped Orange Peel
Cherry Shortbread Mice
Candy Striped Pencils
Decorated Wax Candles
Honeycomb Rolled Candles
Christmas Wreath
Kissing Bough
Glass Tree Biscuits

Cherry Shortbread Mice

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.

You’ll need:
Cherries, with the stalk still on and not overripe
Shortbread triangles
100g milk chocolate
Sliced almonds
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.