Get Ghoulish with Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies are fun to make and surprisingly tasty!  These cookies are a great way to celebrate this gruesomely ghoulish time of year.  This festive and spooky recipe is eerily perfect for Halloween parties.  Personally, this is my go-to recipe for creepiness. It possesses the perfect balance of frightening fun and wicked creativity as we gear up for the spookiest day of the year.  You will also be happy to know that this recipe is totally kid friendly. Simply give them a plastic knife to help them create finger wrinkles and they’re all set. Everybody will enjoy getting involved in the ghastly fun and can get as “cookie creepy” as they want just in time for all their TRICK or TREAT festivities.

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

(makes 4-5 dozen)

Ingredients:

  • 2  2/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1  cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1  cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup whole blanched almonds (recipe below)
  • 3/4 cup candied cashews, optional 
  • a few tubes of different colored cake decorator gel (red, green, black or your favorite)

Procedure:

  • Whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside,
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-4 minutes).  
  • Scrape down the sides, when necessary, and continue.
  • Add the egg and the extracts. Mix until well combined.
  • Mixing the cookie dough.

    Mixing the cookie dough.

    Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in 2 additions. DO NOT over-mix.  

  • Stop when the dough just comes together.
  • Combine the rest by hand to quickly form a ball of dough.
  • Wrap in plastic and let rest in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

To Bake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Line baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Work with a small amount of dough at a time, keeping the rest refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Roll a generously rounded teaspoonful of dough into a finger-length log. (See video below on shaping tips)
  • Create 2 indentations about 3/4 inch apart to create the shape of a finger.
  • Gently squeeze in center to create a knuckle.
  • Using the back of a knife, create some finger wrinkles.
  • Add an almond or cashew as the nail at one end of the finger. Place on tray.
  • Once your tray is full, place in the oven for 17-20 minutes or until a pale golden color.
  • These cook quickly, so keep an eye on them.
Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

To Decorate: (see video below)

  • Let the cookies cool 3-5 minutes before decorating.
  • Carefully lift up the almond or cashew and add some gel underneath to create that bloody effect.
  • Decorate your cookies as much or as little as you want with the different colored gels.
  • Once decorated, let the gel set for an hour or so.

These make a great Halloween party gift.  Or a creepy treat for the trick-or-treaters in your life.

Blanched Almonds:

  • Place almonds in a medium bowl
  • Pout over enough boiling water to just cover them.
  • Drain them after 1 minute. Any longer the almonds may start to break apart.
  • Immediately rinse under cold running water.
  • Rub the almonds between your fingers until the skins slip off easily.

How to make Creepy Witch Finger Cookies.