Witch Finger Cookies

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A Yummy Halloween Treat

I love Halloween. It's the one time of the year that you can be anything or anyone you want to be. Where the only limits you have are your imagination and how much scrap materials you can find for your costume. There's the great games, parties, and bragging rights for best costume ... oh yes, and the yummy treats! One of my favourite Halloween treats is Witch Finger Cookies. A simple butter cookie recipe given a ghoulish twist, this is sure to be a hit with your little goblins!

Before You Start

Pre-heat oven to 352 °F (160 °C)

You will need:

  • Butter-knife
  • Lightly greased baking sheet
  • Cooling rack


  • Prep: 10 min to prep and 30 chill PLUS approx. 10 min to shape each batch of fingers
  • Bake: 20-25 min per batch
  • Finishing Touches: 3 min cool and approx. 5 min to finish fingernails


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • As needed blanched almonds, whole or slices as you prefer
  • As needed red jam, ie. raspberry or strawberry


Some people like to use green food colouring in this recipe to make the fingers look more "witchy".


  1. Mix butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla together.
  2. Beat in the flour, baking powder; salt and food colouring (if using).
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Work with a quarter of the dough at a time and keep the rest refrigerated.
  5. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into finger shape. Squeeze in the middle and slash with a butterknife several times to form a “knuckle”.
  6. Firmly press an almond into one end as a “fingernail”.
  7. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 3 minutes. Then, lift the almond and place jam into nail bed. Press the almond back into place ... The jam should squish out around the edges - bwahaha!
  9. Remove from the baking sheet and let cool while you repeat from #4 for the rest of the dough.

© 2012 I Am Rosa

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TattooKitty 4 years ago from Hawaii

These look delicious and fun to eat...thanks for sharing this wonderful Halloween recipe!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very cool idea! I've never seen them before but I love the way they look.

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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

Eww... And awesome! Great work on this hub. Shared and voted.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

TattooKitty - My pleasure!

billybuc - I thought they were a great idea when I first saw them, too!

jessefutch - Thank you!

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great cookie for Halloween! Would never have thought to make something like this! Ha! Happy Halloween!!!

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you, Peggy! Right back atcha! :-)

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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

That intro picture gave me a bit of a start but what fun these would be to make. Definitely adding this to my collection. Thanks for posting.

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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

Golly, they look horrible...in a good way! Think I may have to give these a go, thanks for the idea.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

lol @ phoenix - my pleasure!

innerspin - hope they're a hit!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Rosa, what a complement to halloween these witch finger cookies are! I love the eerie look. Thanks for sharing such a treat. Voted up, interesting.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Glad to share, Rajan. Thanks for the votes and for sharing!

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