Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Recipe: Frightful Witch Finger Cookies

I agreed to bake 4 dozen Fall cookies for an event tomorrow. As tomorrow is the first day of October, I opted for several spooky recipes to help welcome the season. I have attached the recipe for one of my favorites, as it's the perfect recipe to pull the kids into the kitchen and the result is always a SCREAM...

Frightful Witch Finger Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup almond slices
1 tube red decorating icing
1 tube green food coloring


Preheat oven to 325°.

Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape the diameter of a thin Crayola marker (they expand a lot in the oven).  Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.

Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20–25 minutes. Let cool.

Squeeze red decorating gel or icing onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the icing oozes out from underneath. Can serve once the icing sets!

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