Looking for a Halloween treat that isn’t tricky? These cookies are easy and enjoyable to make for all ages. And they taste good too, sort of like shortbread. My kids and I made these on the weekend and it’s perfect for little hands where dexterity isn’t important. In fact, the “uglier” the cookie the better. I had just as much fun making these as the kids did. -Steph McVox
Creepy Witch’s Fingers Cookies
adapted from Canadian Living
· 1 cup butter, softened
· 1 cup icing sugar
· 1 egg
· 1 tsp vanilla
· green food colouring
· 2 ½ cups flour
· 1 tsp baking powder
· ½ tsp salt
· ½ cup blanched almonds
· 1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel or icing
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla extract, and a few drops of green food colouring. Beat together and gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, until mixed together. It’s okay if the green colour is mottled. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets or use parchment.
3. Remove dough from refrigerator and scoop 1 teaspoon at a time and roll into gnarly finger shapes. (They can be skinny because they spread) Using a knife, make rounded slashes in “knuckle” and press one almond into one end of each cookie for the fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms of the cookies are slightly golden in color, 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and lift the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel/icing into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely. Makes approx. 3 dozen.