Witch Fingers! *insert cackle here*

About ten years ago, right around Halloween, my husband brought home a recipe clipped from a newspaper he found at work. He thought it was really cool and wondered if I would make it. So, I took a look. “GROSS! I love it!” Who would’ve thought thesetreats would become a Halloween tradition in our little family? We just HAVE to make them every year! Everyone is thrilled with them; kids adore them. I now think they have come to be EXPECTED. I’ll share the recipe with you and maybe, just maybe you’ll have a Halloween tradition on your “hands” as well.

: Witch Finger Cookies :
  • 1 c. Butter, softened
  • 1 c. Powdered sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 t. Almond Extract (I like coconut extract even better)
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 c. Flour
  • 1 t. Baking powder
  • 1 t. Salt
  • a few drops green food coloring
  • Slivered almonds (you can use whole or pistachios too, but I like the “claw” look)
  • 1 tube red decorator gel (or you can color a little corn syrup colored red – cheaper if you have it on hand already)

  1. In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla and green food coloring. Beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover (or wrap) and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Roll heaping teaspoons of dough one at a time into finger shape for each cookie. Press almond firmly into one end for nail. Squeeze fingers in center to create knuckle shape (I find that when you roll these between your hands, the knuckle sort of creates itself.)
  3. Using a paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle.
  4. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet (or on parchment) in 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale or lightly golden. (you don’t want to brown these so watch carefully)
  5. Let cool for 3 minutes, lift up almond; squeeze red gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes a few dozen, depending oh now big you make them.

These cookies turn out like an almond flavored shortbread. I use organic ingredients when possible

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