Anyone want some finger food? Here are some really fun and scary cookies that would make a great addition to your Halloween bash. They are creepy, scary and really delicious. The fingers can be made in many different colors. I happen to find the green ones really exceptionally creepy. They are sure to get lots of attention from the children and adults alike. You will find that the kids really love these, and will no doubt have a blast scaring the other guests with them.
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 30 blanched almond slivers
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- green food coloring (optional)
- Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper, and set aside.
- Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together yolk, remaining egg, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add egg mixture, and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, and mix on low-speed just until incorporated, add green food coloring last.
- Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough in half. Work with one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and chilled. Divide the first half into fifteen pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece back and forth with palms into finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife. Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
- When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white. Dip almond slivers in red food coloring and position almond nails, pushing them into dough to attach.
- Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
notes* To make the knuckles more creepy just shape them big and uneven. To keep them from puffing out too much roll the fingers extra skinny (skinnier than you want them to look when finished). Make sure you take them out of the oven before they brown. You could also add a bit of almond extract to dough if desired.