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Frightening Fingers Recipe

Frightening Fingers Recipe

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. YIELD:30 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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. 29, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"Made a batch for my family and friends and they were a hit - everyone loved them!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015 Edited Oct. 26, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Do these cookies spread at all?"

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?!)"

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."

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."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"id make it again for its appearance, very gruesome and great for halloween, but would be better w some frosting of some sort, the cookies are rather dry."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"These are awesome! Was asked to bring "finger" food to a Halloween party. They were a hit!!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"One of my favorites. Easy to make and everyone loves them! The perfect degree of creepiness for Halloween. I just wish I could make them all year long! However, although they look great, I'm not that fond of the flavor personally."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This is one of my MOST requested recipes!

♥ it!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"These cookies are great for all kids, young and old. I made a batch of these when I was working with my church youth group, and the teens just loved them. They didn't think they were eatible at first! So I ate one and showed them they were really cookies. Some of the girls still wouldn't try one. They look so fun!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"I first made these for my book group's review of "Devil in the White City" They have been a favorite of my daughters for Halloween ever since. They are almost too real for some. (Husband and son). Giant Gold Star for the person who developed the "creep-tacutlar" idea!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"These turned out great! They are not as sweet as some sugar cookies."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Love this recipe! Easy to make and everyone raves about them. I tint the dough green for witches fingers."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"I make these cookies for our church coffee hour between services on Sunday. Although a mostly adult group, everyone goes crazy over them and they taste great too!"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I found this recipe years ago and have been making them every Halloween since. They are just too cute and the cookie recipe is very good. Love the almond flavor. Definitely a 5 star recipe and very easy to make!

Patti Stagner
Ardmore, TN"

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009

"I was looking through your recipes and came across this one.I too have been making these for years and they are always a big hit at Halloween parties. They are always requested by friends. The grandchildren love them. I give them a 5 star rating."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2008

"I have made these cookies several years. When my granddaughter was in 3rd grade I took a batch to her Halloween party at school. The boys loved them. Halloween is a favorite holiday for me. It is so fun to make something spooky. Maybe I am strange, but at 70 years old I will probably still celebrate. I am thinking of making these with the grandkids when I "baby"sit tomorrow with them. They are now 7, 8, and 10. What a fun recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

"I made these last year and they were a hit at the office, and with my friends, both for looks and taste. I had to make another batch.


Reviewed Oct. 2, 2008

"These cookies are awesome! I started making them for Halloween many years back when this recipe first appeared in TOH and they've been a HIT ever since! Easy, delicious, fun, and like a ghost, they disappear fast!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2008

"What a cute idea, these would be great at Halloween."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2008

"Try standing these fingers up in a see-through bowl with raspberry cake drizzle in the bottom and up the sides of the bowl for a "bloody" effect. The raspberry compliments these cookies wonderfully! These were a great hit with both kids & adults at our Halloween driveway party!!!"

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