Severed Fingers Halloween Cookies
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring (optional green, blue, purple)
- almond halves
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (also optional extracts to use: almond, rum, peppermint)
- 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
· Heat oven to 350°. Use either silicone mats, parchment paper or non stick pans (I use '
's Baking flour/shortening spray') Wilton
· Place food coloring in a shallow bowl. toss food color and almond halves. The longer they are in the food color the darker they will get.
· 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 combine butter, sugars, 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. 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. Position almond nails; push into dough to attach.
· Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
The fatter the fingers the less spooky they will look. I've also tinted the dough in red and green to give them a really disgusting look. Using different color food colors for fingernails will give it a more modern look.
These are great for any halloween party and go fast so make lots. Freeze very well.