Spooky Witches' Fingers
Almonds act as fingernails and red decorating gel as blood for these finger-shaped cookies that will provide a great treat for any Halloween party.
i have been making these treats for the past 10 years or so! i saw martha stewart making them on her show - she called them "severed fingers" and use her recipe (recipe varies). i just loved reading the reviews! this halloween i will use this recipe and follow other member's advice and make them green and w/chocolate chip "warts"! for the fingernails, i usually blanche the almonds - put in boiling water for 1 minute or so and then drain. when slightly cooled you can pop off the almond skin. when the blanched almonds are dry simply "paint" with red food coloring! use beaten egg white to brush over entire finger and to stick the finger nail on. hmmm - this just gave me an idea! i think i'll paint designs on the nails w/food coloring pens! thanks in advance for the new recipe and inspiration!
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I use the Canadian Living Cooks witch finger recipe (pretty much the same), but I thought I'd let you know that if you don't have red gel, I simply use raspberry jam (just a touch) and then put the almond "nail" on top to let the jam ooze out a bit. It bakes just fine. And do make sure you let the dough chill, because one time I was impatient and they became very fat witch fingers!
These cookies looked so good, they were perfect for Halloween. Like others have said, a lot of my friends looked at them hesitantly because they looked so real. I also agree with some others that the taste was a little off. I found my batch to be just a tad too salty. If I make these again I will take others suggestions to add granulated sugar or will use my own family recipe for Christmas cookies which is similar but a little sweeter. Hands down these should be colored green, the red looks even more grotesque. I used red food gel for the blood, maybe the red jams others used would have balanced out the flavor?
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