I love finding recipes in surprising places, like a kid-friendly cookie recipe in an InStyle Magazine article featuring a famous burlesque dancer.

There are very few things you have more time for when you are caring for a newborn. Your life is a cycle of feedings and diapers. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that I am actually catching up on some reading. For nearly a year I have been too busy with work to even read basic news let alone novels or magazines. Now, thanks to 8-10 feedings a day, I have a chance to read while I feed the baby. I actually feel up-to-date on current events, have read 2 full books in the past 6 weeks and have become happily acquainted with The Atlantic magazine.

Recently, while flipping through an InStyle magazine, I was drawn to the photos of Dita von Teese, international burlesque star.  Her home was featured and was as colorful as her persona. It turns out that Dita loves cooking for friends and was kind enough to share her recipe for Spiced Mice Butter Cookies. She is pictured in her flamingo-pink kitchen taking a sheet pan out of the oven while in high heels with perfectly coiffed retro hair. (Slight contrast to the yoga pants and ratty ponytail I was sporting when my mouse family was born.)

Mini Whipped age 3) and I worked together to form our mouse brigade. Her cookies had a few extra eyes, ears and tails but we had a blast making these cookies together. We were recently invited to a birthday party where the hostess requested “no gifts” for her 2 year old.  Since I can’t stand to show up empty handed, we tucked a dozen of these mice cookies in a box and included the recipe on top. This is one sort of mouse most people won’t mind finding in the kitchen.

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 regular sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice


For Making the Mice:
1 egg
Dried Currants
Sliced Almonds
Chinese Noodles

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.

Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned.

Note: My mice spread out a bit more than I wanted. Next time I will put them in the refrigerator for an hour or so to try to keep them a bit rounder.

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19 Responses to “Dita’s Spiced Mice Butter Cookies”

  1. Maddie Says:

    Caroline, I burst out laughing when I saw the title of your post! I’d seen this recipe too, but hadn’t gotten around to actually making it—though that didn’t stop my boyfriend and I from randomly saying “Dita von Teese’s Spiced Mice!” every once in awhile, to make each other laugh. This is a sign that we really, really have to make them now. :)

  2. stresscake Says:

    How cute are these! And how come I didn’t get one at lunch today?

  3. Dana Says:

    What adorable cookies! And from Dita von Teese no less? I bet kids would love these!

  4. to kiss the cook Says:

    Could these be cuter? No. Not even if they had tassles.

  5. Vicki @ WITK Says:

    I love these, they are so cute! And don’t worry, I don’t have a newborn and I will also be donning sweats and a pony when I make these :)

  6. Sues Says:

    These are absolutely adorable! I can’t believe you found them in InStyle magazine! Totally bookmarking these for…. when I have kids some day? Or maybe just when I’m headed to a kid-friendly event :)

  7. Molly Says:

    These are absolutely adorable! I am having trouble imagining Dita von Teese in a kitchen, though. I think I’ll have to track down that magazine to see it for myself. :-)

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  9. Chelsea Says:

    leave it to dita to make the most adorable cookies ever.
    must make these now!

  10. Jane Miedema-Rogers Says:

    I love it that mini-whipped is now big enough to help you in the kitchen! I am so making these with my girls! Almost too cute to eat!

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  12. Patricia Scarpin Says:

    These have got to be the cutest cookies I have ever seen. ;)
    So beautiful!

  13. leidy Says:

    1 1/2 vanilla extractr does not indicate whether it is teaspoon or tablespoon.

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  17. Helen Robles Says:

    How can you avoid the spreading? I refrigerated the batter and they still spread.

  18. Caroline Says:

    I am sorry Helen, I have never had problem with them spreading. I would have suggested refrigerating the batter but sounds like you tried that! You could try to incorporate an extra 1/4 cup of flour and see if that helps. Please let me know if you try it!

  19. Fredda Baadsgaard Says:

    Hey, you used to write excellent, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

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