Witches’s Fingers

You can actually make these cookies using any sugar cookie or shortbread recipe that you like.  Some people like to leave the dough plain and others like to tint it with green food colouring for that extra ghoulish touch. 

Here’s one possible recipe for the cookies that I particularly like:

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened (I don’t find I get satisfactory results from margarine in this recipe)

1 cup icing sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

2 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

approximately 1/3 cup slivered almonds (for the fingernails)

1 tube of red decorating gel (for the blood)

Directions:  Using a hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, and extracts until creamy.  Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Once thoroughly mixed, cover and refrigerate this mixture for half an hour.  It’s best to work with only a portion of the dough at a time and keep the remaining dough in the refrigerator until needed.  Use a heaping teaspoonful of dough for each cookie.  Roll each piece of dough into a finger-like shape.  You can shape this even further by squeezing the centre of each finger to make a knuckle bone and use a knife to create some slashes that will look like the wrinkles of the knuckle.  Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets and bake these cookies in a 325 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes until a light golden colour.  Remove from oven and let the cookies cool slightly before proceeding.  Use the red decorating gel to “glue” slivered almonds to each of the fingers.  Be sure to use enough gel so that it oozes out slightly for creepiest effect!

 

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One Response to “Witches’s Fingers”

  1. Anything with a cup of butter and almond extract MUST be good.

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