A Sweet No-Bake Treat for Your Holiday Cookie Tin: Chocolate Cherry Mice

Serve up sweet treats and smiles with Chocolate Cherry Mice;  a no-bake, fun addition to your holiday cookie tin. Warning: Friends and family may think they’re too cute to eat!

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 Can you believe Christmas just 10 short days away?

Are you baking your list and checking it twice?

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You can mark these Merry Mice off your ‘to-bake’ list as they require no baking,

just 4 ingredients, with a dip in melted chocolate!

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Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

🎄 Stemmed Maraschino Cherries

🎄 Hershey’s Kisses

🎄 Chocolate Chips, semi-sweet or bittersweet and white

🎄 Sliced Almonds

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🎄 Drain your cherries and blot them as dry as possible with a paper towel.

🎄 Unwrap your kisses and pair up similarly-sized almond slices for ears.

🎄 Melt your chocolate chips according to the package directions.

Microwaves vary, so start with 50% power in 30 second bursts,

repeating and stirring until melted, to prevent scorched chocolate.

Alternatively you can use candy melts / wafers or almond bark for dipping.

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🎄 Hold the cherry by the stem and dip in melted chocolate to cover completely,

letting the excess chocolate drip back into your bowl.

🎄 Place dipped cherry on a piece of parchment paper.

🎄 Place the flat bottom of a chocolate kiss to the rounded bottom of dipped cherry.

🎄 Hold briefly until kiss adheres, then position 2 almond slices for ears,

 while the chocolate is still warm.

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When chocolate kiss has set, paint on mouse eyes and nose with a dab of melted white chocolate,

using a wooden skewer or toothpick.

I already had the white chocolate chips but you could use white decorating gel

to pipe on nose and eyes if desired.

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You can serve or gift these Merry Mice in mini cupcake liners or

let your mice run amok in your tin of holiday treats. :)

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I used two mini liners, one turned inside out so the pattern was visible

and to make the Merry Mice, merrier. . .🎄

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The cookie tin is also filled with No Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars.

Easy and irresistible!

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Long time readers might remember

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Where “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

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Merry Christmouse :)

Chocolate Cherry Merry Mice

Serve up smiles and sweet treats with these Merry Mice! A no-bake, fun addition to a cookie tray or holiday tin of sweet treats. Warning: Friends and family may think they're too cute to eat.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
time to set: 20 minutes20 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, chocolate covered cherries, Christmas, food gift, maraschino cherries, mice
Servings: 20 mice


  • 1 cup chocolate chips or candy coating disks from 1 [10-oz.] pkg., such as Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers
  • 20 stemmed maraschino cherries from 2 [10-oz.] jars, blotted dry
  • 20 milk chocolate kisses such as Hershey's Kisses
  • 40 almond slices
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips , melted


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Microwave chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl on 50% power until melted and smooth, 60 to 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds to prevent chocolate from scorching.
  • Working with 1 cherry at a time, hold by the stem and dip in melted chocolate, covering completely; let excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Use a spoon if need to spoon chocolate over cherry to cover.
  • Place covered cherry on parchment lined sheet. While chocolate is warm, attach flat bottom of 1 chocolate kiss to rounded bottom of dipped cherry to create mouse head; hold together for about 10 seconds. Position 2 almond slices for ears, between the cherry and chocolate kiss, while chocolate is still warm.
  • Repeat process with remaining ingredients. Allow to set, about 20 minutes.
  • To create mouse eyes and nose, dip end of wooden skewer or toothpick into melted white chocolate to dab on eyes and nose.
  • Store, covered, in refrigerator until ready to gift and serve.


  • Lay out almonds and unwrap kisses in advance to work quickly while chocolate is warm.
  • If chocolate becomes firm while working, reheat on 50% power until melted again.
  • Alternatively use white decorating gel to pipe on features if you prefer.
  • Serve in miniature muffin papers if desired.

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  21 comments for “A Sweet No-Bake Treat for Your Holiday Cookie Tin: Chocolate Cherry Mice

  1. Sherian Weiss
    December 15, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Thank you for always posting the prettiest ideas year round, but especially at Christmas!!!
    Where did you purchase the Merry Christmas tin?
    Happy Holidays!

    • December 15, 2021 at 7:07 am

      Hi Sherian, I found it at Hobby Lobby. Thank you for your visit! Merry Christmouse :)

  2. Kathy Menold
    December 15, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Mary, I made these mice for a church pot luck supper many years ago but had forgotten all about them. The children loved them and they are so easy to make. I think I put them on cubes of white chocolate that looked like cheese. Going to start my,Christmas baking this week with a much shorter list of cookies than when our daughters were at home and could help. Happy baking.

  3. María
    December 15, 2021 at 6:53 am

    These are too cute for words! I wish I could find fresh cherries at this time of year to replace the maraschino ones. Thank you so much for a delightful idea!

    • December 15, 2021 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Maria! I just did a quick search and saw my Target has sweet red cherries with stems in a 1 lb package for $5.99. If you could pit them while keeping the stems on that would be great!

  4. December 15, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Mary, this is a cute idea with lots of chocolate which is always a win. My girls would love making these♥️

  5. franki Parde
    December 15, 2021 at 7:49 am

    I NEVER THOUGHT I’d enjoy a “mouse in the house”…until now!!! They ARE the “cat’s MEOW!!” franki

    • Clara
      December 15, 2021 at 10:27 am

      These are adorable and fun, Mary! Thanks for sharing. Clara❤️

  6. December 15, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Oh I loved these, so glad you shared this, a perfect Xmas treat on my list today!

  7. December 15, 2021 at 8:33 am

    So adorable Mary! What a sweet idea :) I am giving some gift tins, but lazily bought the goodies to put inside…

  8. December 15, 2021 at 9:07 am

    The ingredients are on my grocery list!!! LOVE LOVE these!!! Your Christmas treat table must be so amazing!! Have a Merry day Mary!

  9. December 15, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Absolutely love these little mice. So happy you shared these delightful treats. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

  10. December 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    They turned out cute Mary! The year I made them, as one son was asking ‘are they edible?’, the other pops the whole thing into his mouth! Happy Christmastime-enjoy:@)

  11. Jo
    December 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Loved the “little mice” treats! Thank you for sharing!
    Merry Christmas.⛄*❅.•*˚✻⛄*❅.•*˚✻

  12. December 15, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    These little mice are so cute, and the only kind that I’d like around my house!! I made these years ago, but haven’t for a long time. This would be fun to do with my granddaughters. ❤️🎄❤️

  13. December 15, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Mary, these are the cutest! I need to make these! Sharing this with my nieces and sister and friends. Thanks!
    Merry, Merry!

  14. Babs
    December 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm


  15. December 16, 2021 at 1:49 am

    What a sweet idea! These little guys might just show up on my cookie plates for my neighbors. Thanks!

  16. December 16, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Darling! Perfect to add to our Holiday Baking Plates.
    Thank you Mary!

  17. December 30, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Oh gosh, such a brilliant idea! I must try this

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