My recent trip to Missouri was centered around a very special event. My niece, Zoe, turned four-years old.
When Aunt Lorie comes to visit, we always bake or cook something, so when I saw this adorable chef's dress-up costume, I just had to get it for her birthday.
She loved it and immediately got her kid's cookbook off the shelf so we could pick out something to make together. We wound up making these ice cream mice.
The important thing to remember when you're working with a four-year old in the kitchen is to just allow them to dive in and use their little hands.
Give a kid a Tootsie Roll and they'll roll it into a rat's tail. That's what I always say.
She had fun and Aunt Lorie had LOTS of fun.
At the end of the stay, she asked me "Do you want to come back at criss-uh-mus? You could help us put lights up."
I melted into a puddle of sticky sweet goo right then and there.
Then she added that "flying on a plane is much quicker." She must have heard about our driving woes and wanted to give us a little tip. Four-year olds have all the answers sometimes.
Ice Cream Mice
6 miniature graham cracker crusts
6 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
Round chocolate covered cookies, such as Reese’s cookies, or Keebler grasshopper cookies, for the ears
Chocolate covered peanuts for the eyes
Malted milk balls for the nose
Chocolate sprinkles for the whiskers
Regular sized Tootsie Rolls for the tails
1. Place a scoop of ice cream in a graham cracker crust.
2. Press in the cookies, chocolate covered peanuts, and the malted milk balls for the ears, eyes, and nose.
3. Add three chocolate candy sprinkles on each side for the whiskers.
4. Roll out a Tootsie roll on a cutting board until it’s long and thin like a mouse’s tail. Press into the ice cream. Refreezing at this point will cause the tail to break off, so you may want to add the tail right before serving.