Spooky Witches Fingers

    35 mins

    Needless to say, kids love the look of these biscuits and adults love the taste. Disgustingly perfect for a Halloween party.

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    Serves: 30 

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 1 cup (155g) icing sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 350g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 100g whole almonds
    • 1 tube red decorating icing

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Lightly grease baking trays.
    3. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 large teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped biscuit. Press one almond into one end of each “finger” to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze biscuit near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the biscuits on the baking trays.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
    5. Remove the almond from the end of each biscuit; squeeze a small amount of red icing into the cavity; replace the almond so the icing oozes out around the tip of the biscuits.

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    I made these cookies for my son's school party and they were a great hit. We added green food coloring to the dough and when I took them out of the oven I added a single chocolate chip for a wart. We also added red gel food coloring for the severed end of the finger. The cookies do enlarge when baked (almost double the thickness) so make sure you don't make them to round when you are rolling them out. The cookie flavor was good on top of looking great, thanks for a fun recipe.  -  17 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe! Instead of using decorator gel, I dipped each almond in strawberry jam, and pressed them into the raw "finger" tip before baking... produced very gory results!  -  29 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have been making this dessert every year for my annual Halloween party for the last 10 yrs. I don't use wax paper to shape the fingers, just my well-washed hands. I then use a sharp knife to cut in the knuckles and finger lines, dipped in hot water between cuts. Also, I add the red gel frosting to the base of the fingers as if they've been pulled out of their socket - gross! That way, you don't have to mess with the almonds. You can also add chocolate chips to them right after they come out of the oven to add flavor and "warts". Lots of great feedback ever year, my guests now expect to see them!  -  12 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)