Severed Fingers Cookies For Halloween
A devilishly delicious treat for Halloween! Looks like a real severed witches finger — but don’t worry, they’re just cookies! Serve up a plateful at your Halloween holiday gathering.
Dough (you can use refrigerated tube sugar cookie dough for a shortcut):
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole almonds (peeled or unpeeled)
Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, beating continually. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Scoop about a teaspoon of dough a piece of waxed paper, using the waxed paper, roll the dough into a thin finger shape.
Place each severed finger on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat until the dough is gone. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Remove the almonds and place a dollop of raspberry jam into the indentation left behind. Replace the almonds.
Bake until the cookies turn slightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Keep in mind the cookies will spread a bit as they cook. You can get creative and add creases and form finger joints as the cookies are cooling.
If desired, dip the base of each “finger” in raspberry jam before serving to make it look “severed.”