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A great variation on Little Blind Mice, this is one cute and fun recipe. Use a wide variety of candy and/or frosting to create wacky looking bugs and spiders. I love making centipedes by taking small balls of the dough and rolling them together. Add antennae made of string licorice with a dab of frosting on the ends and you have a really cute dessert.

1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
2 cups softened butter
1 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
pinch salt
string licorice, cut into small segments
assorted colored frosting
assorted small candy pieces

Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a heavy small pan or microwave until very smooth. Let cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored. Add the butter and mix until smooth. Beat in the sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Blend in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Slowly sift the flour, cocoa, and salt into the butter mixture, stirring frequently, until all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the balls into varied size balls, one size per cookie sheet. Bake for 5-11 minutes (depending on size), or until firm. Cool on a wire rack. Once the bugs are cool, poke small holes on the sides for legs and insert string licorice. Add frosting and candy pieces for decoration and bug eyes. Round cookies make excellent spiders with black licorice legs (eight of course) and silver dragees or chocolate chips for eyes. These are also great dipped and decorated with a wide variety of colored melted chocolate. Tasty, too!

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