Making sugar mice is one of those easy family traditions which make Christmas special. It is things like this, not the expensive gadgets and throw away presents, which make memories to last a lifetime. When I first wrote this post I had no idea that it would prove to be so popular with my lovely readers – it warms my heart to think that there are families out there who have also adopted the sugar mice as a Christmas tradition, thank you!
Bonus Boy is becoming a very keen cook and he helps me in the kitchen most evenings, making suggestions for flavourings to improve the meals we prepare together and ensuring the correct amount of stirring occurs to prevent burning when I am distracted, yet again, by something or someone else! As Christmas approaches rapidly, and I begin to fill the fridge and freezer with goodies, his help has been invaluable. We’ve made Christmas Cake, Pies, Christmas Pudding Fudge, Vegetarian Sausage Rolls and more but last week we could hold out no longer – it was time to make sugar mice!
I make no apologies for the sugary sweetness of these little fellas. They are not meant to be an everyday snack or to be popped into a lunchbox! Sugar mice are so easy to make and are a lovely naughty, sugary treat to hand out to friends as simple Christmas gifts.
Look at them, up there, having a bit of a natter, what do you think they are saying to each other?!
This recipe is enough to make about 25 sugar mice but it really depends on the size of them – if you go for teeny tiny country mice you’ll be overrun, if you make well fed town mice with generous girths your mixture won’t go so far and if you make rats you’ll terrify everyone at Christmas, don’t do it!
- 350g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- pink food colouring (we used a few of drops of beetroot juice because I have yet to find a red or pink food colouring which is vegetarian and I am not a big fan of E Numbers)
- Strawberry laces (these are usually, but not always, vegetarian – check the label)
- small chocolate drops/sprinkles
- You will also need
- A baking tray
- Baking parchment
- Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl
- Whisk the egg white until white and foaming
- Stir evenly into the icing sugar
- Add the lemon juice and combine
- Get your hands in and bring the icing mixture together into a ball
- Turn onto a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar and knead until it’s pliable (if it’s too dry add a little more lemon juice but go easy, if it’s too wet add more icing sugar)
- Divide the mixture into two and add a few drops of pink colouring to one half, kneading until it is evenly combined
- Break off walnut sized pieces of icing dough and roll into a mouse shape (fat at the bottom, pointy at the nose)
- Pinch ears with your thumb and forefinger (or snip them in with the tips of a pair of scissors) and shape – some of ours were a bit nibbled looking but it doesn’t matter!
- Add chocolate sprinkles for eyes and noses and a piece of strawberry lace for a tail.
- Place them on the baking parchment on the baking tray and leave overnight to dry
Making sugar mice is is such a lovely thing to do with children – they can do everything themselves with no annoying adult interference.
Here they are in their tin, all ready for Christmas! We packed some of them into little bags with ribbons and labels to give away as gifts and people were VERY happy to receive them!
We really hope you’ll make sugar mice this Christmas and that is becomes a family tradition just like it has here!
The Sugar Mice Say, “Pin Us for Later! Squeak Squeak!”
Post edited and updated in October 2016