Now this is what my witch finger cookies were suppose to look like! If any of you watched the second episode of Halloween Baking Championship, you saw a very deflated version of these made with one of our challenge ingredients, store bought cookie dough. That really bit us all in the butt. Well this recipe will not fall flat. They're gory, gruesome and disgustingly delicious. A must have for any Halloween party!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Green food coloring gel
3/4 cup whole almonds or almond slivers
1 tube red decorating gel
- 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. Once dough has come together, mix in green food gel until desired color is reached; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
- Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece into a finger shape about 4-4½ inches long. Pinch each piece of dough in two places to create knuckle shapes. Use the back of a small paring knife to lightly score the surface of the knuckles. Add warts by rolling a tiny piece of dough into a ball and attach to finger with a bit of water. Press almond into tip for fingernail. Arrange the shaped fingers on the baking sheets.
- Bake until fingers are slightly golden around edges, 18 to 22 minutes.
- Squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel around nail and at base of finger so it appears to be oozing blood.