This is a traditional Christmas cookie recipe that we have had in our family for years. All I did was change the shape to make them look like fingers for our annual Halloween party. The cookies make a great conversation piece. My guests loved them!

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 cookies
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

  • Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.

Nutrition Facts

68 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 6.9g 2% DV; fat 4.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 11.2mg 4% DV; sodium 75.7mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2007
I made these cookies for my son's school party and they were a great hit. We added green food coloring to the dough and when I took them out of the oven I added a single chocolate chip for a wart. We also added red gel food coloring for the severed end of the finger. The cookies do enlarge when baked (almost double the thickness) so make sure you don't make them to round when you are rolling them out. The cookie flavor was good on top of looking great, thanks for a fun recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2008
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? Read More
(22)
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  • 1 star values: 20
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2007
I made these cookies for my son's school party and they were a great hit. We added green food coloring to the dough and when I took them out of the oven I added a single chocolate chip for a wart. We also added red gel food coloring for the severed end of the finger. The cookies do enlarge when baked (almost double the thickness) so make sure you don't make them to round when you are rolling them out. The cookie flavor was good on top of looking great, thanks for a fun recipe. Read More
(576)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2007
Great recipe! Instead of using decorator gel, I dipped each almond in strawberry jam, and pressed them into the raw "finger" tip before baking... produced very gory results! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2007
I have been making this dessert every year for my annual Halloween party for the last 10 yrs. I don't use wax paper to shape the fingers, just my well-washed hands. I then use a sharp knife to cut in the knuckles and finger lines, dipped in hot water between cuts. Also, I add the red gel frosting to the base of the fingers as if they've been pulled out of their socket - gross! That way, you don't have to mess with the almonds. You can also add chocolate chips to them right after they come out of the oven to add flavor and "warts". Lots of great feedback ever year, my guests now expect to see them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2007
This is a cool recipe. I am not a fan of sugar cookies so I rated it a little higher that I really thought it should be (flavor wise) other wise I would have given it a 5 because it is such a good idea. When making the fingers you have to make them SUPER thin. About the size of your pinky finger in width (unless you have "man-hands" or are a man. My first batch was more like monster fingers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2008
I LOVE THESE!! One person talked about warts, so I tried to make some. Another person made them green, I loved that idea. So I had to try, this is what mine turned out like. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a T. The mice are cake balls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2007
These are "grown-up" tasting cookies with a kid appearance....I sweetened them up with more sugar and frosting to both the fingernail and the bottom to make it red and bloody-looking. Sweet is the key with these cookies; if you follow the recipe they are not that sweet. I loved them; so did my students. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
These were fun and pretty good. We have someone allergic to nuts so we used hot tamales instead of almonds. It was cute and a big hit esp with the kiddos Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2008
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? Read More
(22)
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