Monday, September 29, 2008

Witch Fingers

 With the upcoming holiday, I thought I'd add a fun cookie that we made for a Halloween party last year. I got this recipes off of Allrecipes. They were a hit for being rather spooky! Once they had cooled down they actually hardened up quite a bit and so maybe cook them less than the time says.

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 whole almonds
1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel


Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.

**We added green food coloring to them. These cookies are also more about the spooky shape (you can display them like they're coming up out of a bucket or something like that) and less about the awesome flavor--just a little FYI.


Wandering Coyote said...

These are great and creepy at the same time! I've actually seen them before in Canadian Living Magazine and in their new cookbook. I keep thinking I should give them a try. They'd also make great decorations for a Halloween cake.

Stephanie said...

Those look deliciously hideous! How fun. :-)

RecipeGirl said...

I did these for a Halloween party last year too. I love the green fingers! I did them slightly differently. Are those warts I spy on your fingers? :)

Here are mine: