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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.
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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
- Strawberry jam or red decorating jel
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! :)
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!
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.
It looks like this person took some red food coloring and spritzed it in places before baking to give these fingers a bloody look.
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
For making gooshy bloody finger cookies!
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.
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!