Almond Mice Cookies

I made these for my grandmother – BEWARE they’re very, very hard… you have to use your molars to bite them – and apparently they taste like – and have the same texture as – Fryske Dûmpkes (Friese duimpjes) a.k.a. Small Frisian Thumbs.

Now, if you google that, then you’ll find some cookies that are long and oblong. My grandmother makes them a bit differently. I wish I had a photo, because her duimpjes are terrifying. She shapes them long and knobbly like her own thumbs, and then – the pièce de résistance, she places an almond at the end, dyed red, for the thumbnail.

These mice are a lot cuter, I think!


Speaking of mice, I’m going to take the opportunity to recommend  a book to you:

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Actually, all the discworld novels by Terry Pratchett are great, as is Great Omens, a collaboration he had with Neil Gaiman.


Almond Mice Cookies

  • Servings: makes 60
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 750g flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • sliced almonds and dark chocolate (to decorate)


  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the almond extract and then the eggs, one at a time.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour and salt.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Use a tablespoon measure to shape the mice, pinching the end to make a nose.
  6. Use sliced almonds for ears.
  7. Bake at 175°C for 20 minutes. While still warm, make indents with a blunt skewer for the eyes.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Melt dark chocolate in a snaplock bag. Snip of the end and pipe eyes and other decorations onto the mice.
  10. Allow chocolate to set.


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