October 27, 2011

Halloween Cookies: Spooky Witches Fingers

Halloween Cookies: Spooky Witches Fingers


Halloween has been celebrated by many for years. Those that celebrate Halloween on October 31st may carve pumpkins, bake the pumpkin seeds and eat them, take their children trick-or-treating for candy, dress up for costume parties, attend bar parties, watch spooky movies or horror flicks, go on a scary hayride or inside of a haunted house and bob for apples.

Costumes that children and adults choose to wear can be anything from a character out of a favorite popular horror film to a baby including holding a baby bottle to a homemade costume one is not even sure what it is.

If you are planning a Halloween party you may decide to make all kinds of themed food. You could start with chili and put in spaghetti noodles and let your guests know that you have the guts of a werewolf in the chili. Dress up the crackers and cheese by using a Halloween cookie cutter to shape the cheese. You can make small black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, etc., for the shape of the cheese. Make sure you prepare a witches brew for your guests to drink. You may decide to put ice cubes in the punch that you previously freeze with small black spiders inside for an added touch. You can easily make Halloween cookies that look like spooky witches fingers for dessert that are delicious and fun.

Halloween Cookies: Spooky Witches Fingers

Prep Time: 35 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr 15 Min
Servings  Original Recipe Yield 60 cookies 

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
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
1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel

Directions
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.

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.

Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 68 | Total Fat: 4.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg

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