I got these terrific Spooky Witches Fingers on the internet by a cook named Sandra. How clever is that? These grown-up tasting cookies with a kid appearance are sure to be a smash hit at your next Halloween party! Almonds act as fingernails and red decorating gel as blood for these spooky finger-shaped cookies that kids and grown-ups alike will Enjoy! My Dad loved helping me make these today. He is 92 and has never seen this type of cookie before. He really got into it and wanted me to make a hand with a thumb. So I tried my best. This is fun and easy to do! Enjoy!
1Combine 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; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes. (Don't skip this step.)
2Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets. (I use parchment paper, no need to grease)
3Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. 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 points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
4Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
5Remove 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. I liked mine natural color.
6Cook's Tip: You can add green food coloring to the dough and when you take them out of the oven , you can add a single chocolate chip for a wart. You can add red gel food coloring or raspberry jam for the severed end of the finger. Possibilities are endless! The cookies do enlarge when baked (almost double the thickness) so make sure you don't make them too round when you are rolling them out. My Dad wanted me to make a hand with a thumb, so I gave it my best shot! LOL! This was so much fun! Enjoy!