I've been meaning to make these adorable little cookies ever since Dita Von Teese post a twit pic of some she has just baked. Yes that's right, Dita bakes!
Dita's kitchen is as adorable as her cookies and yes, I looked just like her whilst baking these this afternoon, in fact my heels were even higher.
These cookies are actually lovely! I really didn't expect them to be as yummy as they are, I love the combination of spices and would happily have one of these cute little spiced mice with my afternoon cup of tea.
These would be fantastic to make with children, who would have a great time adding the little almond ears, currant eyes and noodle tails.
Dita’s Spiced Mice Butter Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
12 Tbsp Butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
For Making the Mice:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add both sugars and mix. Add one egg and vanilla and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, mix flour and spices until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combine.
Measure 1 tbsp of dough and roll into an oval. Make one side a bit pointed to form the nose. Put the cookies on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Mix egg with 2 tbsp water to form an egg wash. Brush it on each of the cookies. Add almonds for ears, a Chinese noodle for a tail and cut a currant in half to form two eyes.
I'm so glad I can cross these off my to-bake list and I hope the lovely Dita shares some more of her lovely recipes soon.
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