Yes, I know they aren't actually cake, but I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance on making the little Christmas mice. I bought a jar of cherries with stems, and some dipping chocolate (being a little isolated here, I thought that was my best option). So, do you dip all the cherries and let them set first, before assembling? Or is there another way of doing it? How do you attach the ears to the head? Or for that matter the head to the body? OR... the whole guy to the cookie?
I'm pretty sure this is all easy and straightforward, but I want to make sure I'm not making this hard than it needs to be.
Thanks in advance for the help!
Yea! I love making these little christmas mice...
I assume you're making the ones with half an oreo (w/ the iced side) up as the base, a cherry with a stem, a hershey's kiss for the head, almond slices for the ears and then gel for the eyes?
The way I make them:
Split oreo in half, so one half contains the icing
Dip cherry into chocolate
Immediately place cherry on icing of oreo
Then, immediately place kiss against cherry to form the head and body
Again, immediately place 2 almond slices in place for the ears in between the kiss and cherry...you may need to dip bottoms of the ears in chocolate to bond them better, if the chocolate from the cherries has already begun to harden.
Once the mouse is set, I use red gel to make 2 dots for the eyes, and then I make a little holly leaf and berries on the icing next to the mouse.
Hope that helps!
Thank you so much! That's exactly what I needed. I just wasn't sure if this was a longer and more complicated process than I was thinking. I'm really looking forward to trying this, these are so cute!
I just made some for our office Christmas Party. They are a real hit with everyone. Folks were saving them to take home to show family and friends. They are so easy to make. A little tideous, but worth it. Labor of Love I call it. I used cookies already dipped in chocolate. The oreo mint cookies are already covered in chocolate for you. I melted the chocolate first, then dip the whole cherry by the stem, place it on the cookie, then add the hershey kiss for the head. Add the sliver almonds for the ears. Assemble them all, then add the eyes and nose. With a little green leaf and red dot for the holly.
I might just have to make these. They are adorable.
My daughter and I make this kind.
We dipped whole oreos in white almond bark and let them dry.
We found the cherries work better if you take the cherries out of the jar and let them drain for 10 minutes or so on a paper towel. Then you dip them in chocolate almond bark and place them directly onto the oreo. Immediately stick the kiss. It helps to have a second set of hands for this part. As you hold it, stick two almond slivers in for ears and hold this whole thing until it sets a bit. Your ears may slide a bit, just hold them a little longer.
We used buttercream for the holly and berries, eyes and nose. I like this better than the red eyes. They seem kind of creepy to me. I think if I did it again, I would use royal or candy melts for the eyes and decorations.
Sometimes, the cherries will seep some juice in the course of the next few hours. Touch the juice with the tip of a good paper towel and it will dry it right up without smudging the chocolate.
Have fun with them.
I've never seen these! So cute!!
I wanted to make these last year and totally forgot.. on the list for this year though...
anyone know how far in advance these can be made?
I'm going to try these tonight. I found Oreos already dipped in white chocolate, 12 to a box, so that's what I'll start with. At first when I saw these, I didn't realize the head was a kiss, I thought it was a stemless cherry with a snout piped onto it. I'm glad I did a little more reading/searching!
Thanks everyone! Sounds like there are a lot of options. I'm not convinced I want to do the dipped cookies, so I may stick with the Oreo half. The dipped cookie might stay fresher though, wouldn't it?
My daughter's friend would not eat hers and to this day it is sitting on the dresser in her room....ewwww. He looks a little faded and petrified and I definitely wouldn't eat him but this proves, they do last a long time.
As for how long they last, I'd say that you can make them two or three days ahead of time if you wish. The cookie that is completely dipped does stay fresher because no moisture can reach it. I wouldn't let them sit too much longer than that because the cherry is fruit and I don't know the room temperature life of it. You want them to taste fresh too, so I'd say 3 days max.