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Chocolate Church Mice Recipe

Chocolate Church Mice Recipe

Peanut ears, M&M eyes, and licorice tails transform these chocolate-covered apricots into sweet little mice - ones that will scurry out of your gift box and into eager mouths. These super sweet little mice are as much fun to make as they are to eat.


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 48 dried apricots
  • Wooden skewers
  • 48 M&M's Minis
  • Black shoestring licorice
  • 24 dry-roasted peanut halves


1. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.

2. Stir and microwave for 1 minute more.

3. Stir until smooth.

4. For each mouse, press together 2 dried apricots, making a small point for the mouse's nose, and thread them onto a skewer.

Chocolate Church Mice - Step 5

5. Dip them into the melted chocolate and place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet.

6. Use a second skewer to push the mouse off the first skewer; use your fingertip to cover the hole left behind with chocolate.

7. Add M&M's Minis eyes, a shoestring licorice tail, and peanut ears (we broke each peanut half in half again).

8. Refrigerate until hardened. Makes 24.