Frightening Fingers Recipe
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Frightening Fingers Recipe

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These cookies have become somewhat famous at the school our children attend. One year, I made more than 150 of these "fingers" for their classroom Halloween parties.—Natalie Hyde, Cambridge, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 123 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Frightening Fingers in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p234

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 123 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

If you break a cookie as I have done, just "glue" it back together with red icing. THe finger looks even scarier.

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Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

Do these cookies spread at all?

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Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

I, too have made these several times. They are truly a labor of love but well worth it. After they have come out of the oven, I dusted a little bit of cocoa powder on the knuckles which emphasizes the knuckles and kind of makes them look like they're dirty from digging (up from the grave?!)

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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

This is such a fun recipe but after I made the Fingers, I took a little cocoa powder and brushed it in the slashes to make it a little more creepy.

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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

I've made these several times. They are always a huge hit. Kids and adults love them. Thanks for a great recipe. I follow it as is and it's great.

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