- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Red decorating gel
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide dough into fourths. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
- Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll into 1-in. balls. Shape balls into 3-in. x 1/2-in. fingers. Using the flat tip of a table knife, make an indentation on one end of each for fingernail. With a knife, make three slashes in the middle of each finger for knuckle.
- Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 3 minutes. Squeeze a small amount of red gel on nail bed; press a sliced almond over gel for nail, allowing gel to ooze around nail. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen cookies.
Reviews for Frightening Fingers
"I have made witch finger cookies before and they were so cute. I couldn't remember where I found the recipe so when the Taste of Home recipe popped up when I searched I thought I couldn't go wrong. However, these spread out and did not retain the shape of a finger even after chilling the dough a couple of hours. I realize now that it was because of the baking powder. I went and looked at other versions and I think the one I had great success with did not have any leavening of any sort."
"These are delicious and kids, young & old get a kick out of eating them. I also had issues with them spreading during baking but found that if I form them into a roll and don't push too hard when making the creases, they stay finger shaped. I like to add 2 drops of blue and 2 of green food coloring for that "dead" look. I also pick the craggy almond slices since not many witches get manicures ;)."
"I made these as a joke for our ladie's coffee. Mine did spread too much but people got a kick out of them. They taste more like what I would call shortbread than sugar cookies but I sure didn't leave with anything on my cookie plate."
"These were easy and fun to make, but I have to agree, they aren't sweet enough. I did my fingers green and, with a toothpick, spread chocolate frosting on the knuckles and wrinkles then spread it so it didn't goop up. It looked neat and it added a little more flavor. I wish I could submit a photo."
"Made a batch for my family and friends and they were a hit - everyone loved them!"
"Tried making these with my grandson and was totally disappointed. They came out of the oven looking more like mummies than fingers. They spread so much even after putting them in the freezer for 20 minutes before baking. Will not use this recipe again."
"The dough was easy to work with. I used gluten free cup4cup flour. I made mine way too big and did not get the amount of cookies stated in the recipe. They tasted good but tasted better the next day and thereafter.. They seemed to get sweeter the older they got. They looked great! I will make them again. I did put red frosting with some red sprinkles on the other end to show a severed look and make them sweeter. They were a hit at school for my children. Several friends had requested a severed cookie for their lunch."
"I made these the other day and found they were pretty easy to make. Only problem I had, and it was my fault, they came out looking like thumbs. Ha ha. I will make them again and just shape them better, more like the picture here. They really are cute."
"If you break a cookie as I have done, just "glue" it back together with red icing. THe finger looks even scarier."
"Do these cookies spread at all?"