Witch’s Finger Cookies

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Witch’s Finger Cookies

Witch’s finger cookies are a fun and spooky treat perfect for Halloween parties or gatherings. They’re typically made to look like severed witch’s fingers, complete with almond fingernails. Here’s a recipe to create these eerie and delicious cookies:


For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Red or green food coloring (optional)
  • Almonds, blanched and whole (for the “nails”)

For the Decoration:

  • Red gel food coloring
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Black gel food coloring


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until well combined.
    • Beat in the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.
    • If you want to add a creepy touch, you can knead a few drops of red or green food coloring into the dough to create a pale, eerie flesh tone. This step is optional.
  2. Shape the Fingers:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Take small portions of the dough and shape them into finger-sized logs, about 3-4 inches long. Roll each log into a rough finger shape, making sure to create knuckles and wrinkles to mimic a real finger.
    • Use a knife to make small slits for the knuckles and a blanched almond at the tip for the fingernail. Press the almond into the dough slightly to secure it.
  3. Bake the Cookies:
    • Place the shaped fingers on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each one.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden. Keep an eye on them to prevent over-baking.
  4. Decorate the Fingers:
    • After the cookies have cooled, use red gel food coloring to create “blood” around the base of each almond nail and in the knuckle slits.
    • You can also use black gel food coloring to add some creepy lines and wrinkles to the fingers.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Arrange your witch’s finger cookies on a platter and serve them at your Halloween party or event. Watch your guests’ reactions as they enjoy these spooky treats!

Witch’s Finger Cookies

These witch’s finger cookies are sure to be a hit at any Halloween gathering, and they’re fun to make with friends or family. Enjoy!

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