Halloween Witch's Finger Cookies Recipe for Your Halloween Party or Bake Sale
Every year a mom at our school makes these fabulous Halloween cookies and I've always wanted to try them myself. They're such a simple, clever idea and I love that they're not overly sweet with lots frosting like most theme cookies are. Feel free to improvise on the recipe. Some people add a little green food coloring or paint the fingernails. You can also add red gel to the "severed" ends or put some strawberry jam under the fingernails. Get creative.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup blanched almonds
- Combine first five ingredients. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the remaining ingredients except the nuts, and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
- Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill 20 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Work with one heaping teaspoon at a time, on a lightly floured surface or on wax paper, roll each piece back and forth like play dough into long skinny finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife to make knuckle wrinkles. Push almond nails onto finger tips.
- Transfer fingers to greased baking sheet.
- Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
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This post originally published in October 2009.