Peanut ears, M&M eyes, and licorice tails transform these chocolate-covered apricots into sweet little mice -- ones that will scurry out of your gift box and into eager mouths. These super sweet little mice are as much fun to make as they are to eat.
Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.
Stir and microwave for 1 minute more.
Stir until smooth.
For each mouse, press together 2 dried apricots, making a small point for the mouse's nose, and thread them onto a skewer.
Dip them into the melted chocolate and place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet.
Use a second skewer to push the mouse off the first skewer; use your fingertip to cover the hole left behind with chocolate.
Add M&M's Minis eyes, a shoestring licorice tail, and peanut ears (we broke each peanut half in half again).
Refrigerate until hardened. Makes 24.