Butter Cookie Witch Fingers

Butter Cookie Witch Fingers

Butter Cookie Witch Fingers. Welcome back to episode four of my Halloween food series where I share step-by-step tutorials that will make Halloween even more fun. These witch fingers might look scary, but they are absolutely delicious. My mom had to close her eyes to enjoy one, but she absolutely loved the cookie and kept on coming back for more. These cookies will definitely be a showstopper at any Halloween party and will blow any guest away. I brought these to a party a few years ago, and the reaction from everyone was epic. Some of the guests were brave enough to try one, and others not so much. If you make these on Halloween, be sure to tag me or leave a comment below. 

Butter cookie witch fingers

Butter Cookie Witch Fingers

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These cookies will definitely be a showstopper at any Halloween party and will blow any guest away. I brought these to a party a few years ago, and the reaction from everyone was epic.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup unsalted melted or softened butter cooled down
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract is optional
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • almonds or gummies
  • 3 tablespoons cherry jam or any jam
  • 8 drops of red food colouring is optional
  • any small brush + cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. In a separate bowl mix the softened butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, almond extract and stir.
  • Now pour it into the dry ingredients into the wet and incorporate until you have a nice and soft dough — the dough should feel like play dough. Wrap it up with some cling wrap and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. This step is extremely important so that the cookies don't spread in the oven.
  • After 30 minutes, take 1.5-2 tablespoons of the dough, squish it together and roll it into a ball. Do this until the dough is finished and you have 11-12 equal size balls. Take each ball and begin to shape it into a finger.
  • Shape the cookies just like I show on the video below by rolling each ball it into a rope as long as a finger. Make two small indents on the side and top of the dough with your fingers so that the "finger" looks like it has knuckles. Take a knife and make small cuts on top starting from the back, then middle, and front. Cut an almond in half and press it down in the front which will complete the look and make it look like a fingernail.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F degrees. Bake the cookies on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden. You can also use a silpat mat as well. Let them cool completely.
  • Mix the cherry jam in a small bowl with 8 drops of red food colouring, take a small painting brush (or spoon) and add a little jam under each almond. Optionally you can brush on cocoa powder on top of the cookies to make it look like "dirt," but I will leave that up to you. Enjoy.

Notes

Please note if the jam which looks gory is too scary for the kids, you can leave it out
For anyone with allergies: leave out the almond extract and to make this without the almond, please press down on the finger to make an indentation in the front and bake it without adding anything. Add the jam and place a piece of candy on top if the kids are allergic to nuts. You can add any candy of choice after they are baked.
These cookies are perfect when cooled and stored in a Tupperware for a few days on the counter. 
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