Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Spooky Witch Finger Cookies are a quick, easy, and such a ghoulishly appealing treat for your next Halloween party. They’re so much fun to make and look just like a severed index finger. Sugar or buttery shortbread cookie dough is decorated with jam and a sliced almond fingernail for a realistic look. These witches finger cookies are a great recipe to make for last minute parties.

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

These creepy witch finger cookies are the snack you make when you want to make something special for Halloween but don’t have the time for a big pintrest project that fails.

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If you love desserts that are easy but have a big impact, then this recipe is definitely one for you to try.

  • Minutes to Make: Easy to make and follow.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: These creepy finger shape cookies are a hit with all ages.
  • Party Favorite: This cookie is a great party favor or dessert.

What You Need to Make Witch Fingers

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Creepy Cookies- Step by Step

  • Mix: First, in a large bowl cream butter, eggs (room temperature eggs work best), shortening, vanilla extract and sugar and then beat ingredients together until well mixed. You can use an electric mixer on medium speed for this.
  • Dry: Second, in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and next slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Dough: Next, form dough into a ball and cut with a butter knife into four equal parts and then refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, pre heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Baking Sheet: Lightly grease baking sheets (or line with parchment paper), next, remove one ball of dough from refrigerator. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of dough and roll into a log shape or thin finger-shaped cookie. Then gently press one whole slivered almond into one end of each cookie so it extends slightly beyond the end of the cookie.
  • Cut: After that, cut into the dough slightly with a sharp knife near the top and at the center of each finger to make the knuckle shapes or ridges.
  • Bake: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and slightly golden.Using a serrated knife, carefully slice off the end of the cookie that does not have the almond.
  • Jam: Place jam into a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 5 second or until jam loosens up slightly. Remove the blanched almond from each cookie; place a few drops of jam into the place where the almond was.
  • Dip: Press almond slice in the nail bed area and press lightly causing the jam to ooze out around the tip of the finger. Dip the other end of each finger in the jam to create a severed finger. Arrange on a cooling rack to let jam dry before serving

Common Questions About Creepy Witch Fingers

HOW DO I STORE WITCH FINGERS?

Store the witch fingers cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.

IS IT NECESSARY TO REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH?

Indeed, for best results, it will make for a much better cookie. It will not spread as much, will brown better and allow all the ingredients to incorporate properly.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, make a half batch just for a small family or double for a party.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME?

Really, they are great to make ahead of time, simply make sure that they are stored in an airtight container.

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Expert Tips for Making Witch Finger Cookies

  • Add Food Coloring: Use food coloring to make creepy green or purple witch fingers.
  • Short cut tip: Refrigerator cookie dough is a wonderful shortcut hack.
  • Variation tip: Put a mini green M&M for a wart on your cookies. Or use almond extract to amp up the almond flavor.
  • Alternate ingredient: Make a little icing, put it on the cookie and roll in creepy sprinkles.
  • Rings: Place novelty rings on these witch finger cookies for a take home surprise.

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Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies

5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 24 pieces
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup margarine softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry jam

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine eggs, shortening, margarine, vanilla and sugar.
  • Beat ingredients together until well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Form dough into a ball and cut into four equal parts.
  • Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease baking sheets.
  • Remove one ball of dough from refrigerator.
  • Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of dough and roll into a thin finger-shaped cookie.
  • Gently press one whole slivered almond (do not use broken almonds) into one end of each cookie so it extends slightly beyond the end of the cookie.
  • This should give the appearance of a long fingernail.
  • Cut into the dough slightly with a sharp knife near the top and at the center of each finger to make the ridges of knuckles.
  • Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and slightly golden.
  • Using a serrated knife, carefully slice off the end of the cookie that does not have the almond.
  • You don’t need to slice off much of the cookie, just enough to make a jagged edge.
  • Place jam into a small microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 5 second or until jam loosens up slightly.
  • Remove the almond from each cookie; place a few drops of the jam into the place where the almond was.
  • Replace the almond and press lightly causing the jam to ooze out around the tip of the finger.
  • Dip the other end of the finger in the jam to create a severed finger.
  • Let jam dry before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Add Food Coloring: Use food coloring to make creepy green or purple witch fingers.
  • Short cut tip: Refrigerator Cookie dough is a wonderful shortcut hack.
  • Variation tip: Put a mini green M&M for a wart on your cookies.
  • Alternate ingredient: Make a little icing put it on the cookie and roll in creepy sprinkles.

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