Witch Finger Cookies
These cookies are a little time-consuming but so worth the time it takes to make them! Not only are they cute, they taste great! They are like a sugar cookie, but taste like an almond cookie. They are so fun to take to work and so fun at any Halloween gathering! The kids will love to help make them!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 and 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 (or make your own decorating icing and tint red)
* Green food coloring or paste
* Red food coloring
1). Slice almonds in half (this takes time so do ahead) and dye almonds or paint food coloring on almonds with a cookie paint brush. Let dry ahead of time. Blanching almonds ahead of time will make it so much easier to cut in half. See see how to blanch almonds below.
2). 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. Tint cookie dough with green food coloring to desired shade of green. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
3). Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease baking sheets (I use parchment paper).
4). Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper (or counter-top).
Roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie (approx 5″ in length).
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 point
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.
6). 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. You can also pipe red decorating gel on the ends to give the appearance the witch finger was cut off!
**optional: You can sprinkle sugar crystals on top
cookies before baking if you like additional sweetness.
It’s fun to make little bags of Witch Finger Cookies to give out to Adults
at a Halloween Party, or any Halloween gathering. I take about
3-4 cookies and wrap pre-cut pieces of parchment paper
around them and then
place in a bag.
This recipe was from Martha Stewart’s Halloween Magazine.
How to Blanch Almonds:
- Pour boiling water to barely cover almonds.
- Let the almonds sit for 1 minute and no longer.
- Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.
- Pat dry and slip the skins off.
- Don’t let almonds sit in hot water too long or they will lose their crispness.