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Witchy Fingers

Updated on September 20, 2013

Finger Cookies!

Yes, they're cookies! If you came here looking for amazingly ghoulish Halloween cookies to surprise your guests with, you found them! They certainly are perfect for attention grabbers! You can make them green like witch's fingers, or make it look like you just cut some poor guy's fingers off! Spook your guests, and watch the kids as they wonder if they're real or not.

If you haven't made these cookies before, Halloween is the time to do it! Not only are they scary to look at, they're very tasty too! Kids can pretend that they're eating REAL fingers!

They're fun and easy to make, and you probably have all the makings for your Halloween finger cookies in your home. The recipe and the directions to make them are right here, so look no further.

Photo Credit: Flickr


Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: I hour and 20 minutes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 -1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 -1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp green food coloring (optional)
  • 2 -2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 -1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • almonds
  • Strawberry jam or red decorating jel


Cast your vote for My Grandma Always Told Me To Make Sure I Had Everything First:


1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and combine.

Mix Together The Butter And Liquids:

2. In a different bowl, mix the butter, egg, extract(s), and optional food coloring together until thoroughly combined. If you are using food coloring, you can add more if you want a deeper green. Just remember that a witch can be really green! :)

More Mixing:

3. Slowly add the butter mixture to the bowl with the flour and mix until combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare For Baking:

4. When the cookie dough has been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, it's time to preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Also grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray until lightly coated.

Making The "Fingers!"

5. I like to use a cutting board and lightly coat it with sugar (instead of flour). Take a teaspoon amount of cookie dough out of the mixing bowl, but leave the rest in the fridge, only work with one "finger" at a time. Place the teaspoon amount onto the cutting board, and roll the dough into a ball, then form it into a finger shape.

Now for the fun part: press down a little bit with your finger where you think a knuckle should be. Make creases with a knife to create the knuckle.

Witchy Finger Cookie Mold!

Wilton Fingers Non-Stick 8 Cavity Cookie Pan
Wilton Fingers Non-Stick 8 Cavity Cookie Pan

If you don't want to go through the hassle of shaping your cookies, try this finger cookie mold instead!


Making The "Fingernails"

6. Next, take an almond slice and place it where the fingernail should go, and press down slightly. Do this with the rest of the "fingers".

Place your "fingers" on the greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Bloody Fingers!

It looks like this person took some red food coloring and spritzed it in places before baking to give these fingers a bloody look.

Bloody Fingernails!

To get the bloody fingernail look all you have to do is take the almonds off after cooking and add red decorating jel, or strawberry jam in the fingernail indentation. Replace the almond. If you love the gory look, you can add enough red stuff so that it gooshes out after you replace the almond!

Another fun idea for the gory lovers: How about adding the red stuff to the other end of the finger, so they look like they've been chopped off!

Red Decorating Gel

Red Fingernails

If you like the red fingernails all you have to do is water down some red food coloring and place it in a little container. If you have an unused paintbrush you can use that to paint on the food coloring. Make sure you do this before baking.

Adding Nuts

If you want your "fingers" to look like they have warts or imperfections just add some nuts!

Now You're Ready For Showing Off Your Creepy Fingers!

You can use the ideas in the pictures above, and place them on a plate over crushed up Oreo's, in a clear jar, or in a tin can. Or if you have other ideas for showing off these cookies, don't be afraid to mention them below!

What'd You Think? - Comments are welcome!

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    • starcodex lm profile image

      starcodex lm 

      5 years ago

      OMG these look so real! I have never seen something like this.

      I don't think I would eat them :)))

    • TerriCarr profile image


      5 years ago

      Disgusting! In a good way :-) Good job

    • pitlock profile image


      5 years ago

      Love this, love to freak people out, Halloween is the best time of year to get away with it. LOL

      Great Lens.

    • Elaine Chen profile image

      Elaine Chen 

      5 years ago

      please keep these creepy fingers away from me............

    • bead at home mom profile image

      Teri Hansen 

      5 years ago

      my daughter and I made these last year and we loved the reaction, These are very gruesome, love em'.

    • ashleydpenn profile image


      5 years ago

      Gruesome! lol Great idea. Very artistic cookies!

    • Casablanca-hire profile image


      5 years ago

      Ha ha human creativity is infinite

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      These are just creepy. But that's the point, eh? fun.

    • SBPI Inc profile image

      SBPI Inc 

      5 years ago

      Very creative but somewhat freaky. LOL

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      5 years ago

      Wow, how cool are those!

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Those are so creepy!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      I love that stove but I can scarcely look at the fingers.

    • Corrinna-Johnson profile image

      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      So freaky and cool!

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      5 years ago

      Those look REALLY creepy and they also look easy enough for my granddaughter to make. She will enjoy those.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very cute idea!

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      5 years ago

      I like these halloween treats. So scary.

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      5 years ago

      Really scary.I think i have lost my fingers on the plate.Good work.I liked it.

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      5 years ago

      there are amazing but scary :)

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      5 years ago

      Wow! I love this lens.

      Halloween is my favorite holiday season.

      Your freaky cookies are the BEST! Can't wait to try them myself.

    • ghoststorylover profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Michelllle: lmao! You're funny :)

    • Michelllle profile image


      5 years ago

      These fingers are SO COOL! Yuck. Eeew. Gross. Got to make them! Love this!

    • ghoststorylover profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @RoSelou: Thank you very much!

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      5 years ago

      I am sure not to eat these, but I am going to Pin these. Interesting!

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      5 years ago

      These look amazing. Great instructions/photo. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      I love these cookies! They look amazing. Thanks!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      You did a great job, showing us how you made them.

      Loved that little one investigating the fridge, brings back memories, wish I could go back about 50 years, thanks for sharing.

    • ghoststorylover profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @faseeha lm: You're welcome!

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      Faseeha Harthim 

      5 years ago from Malaysia

      waw... that was some scary recipe... gonna try this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow! What an awesome cookie for Halloween!


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