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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 mins
Cook Time0 mins
time to set: 20 minutes20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, chocolate covered cherries, Christmas, food gift, maraschino cherries, mice
Servings: 20 mice

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.