Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
Halloween is just around the corner and if you are looking for an easy cookie recipe that is fun and frugal you must make my scary Witch Finger Cookies.
With so many Halloween parties happening in October this scary quick witch finger cookie recipe will be a hit for any party whether with your friends or co-workers. These are also great little treats to send with the kids to school or day care if they are permitted.
You can’t buy these witch finger cookies around where I live but they are so cheap to make. I would say all said and done not including time and hydro they cost us around $5.00 to make. That’s not bad for a yield of just over 36 witch finger cookies. The best part is the witch finger cookies are fun to make and making these with the kids, well you can’t buy memories can you now.
The ingredients in these witch finger cookies start with basic ingredients although the almonds, almond and vanilla extract and red decorator gel are something you might have to head to a bulk store to pick up. Believe it or not the bulk barn actually the cheapest price on the almonds and decorator gel. If you can get your hands on the Spend $10 save $3.00 coupon it will make this recipe even cheaper to bake up which we did.
Mrs. CBB has made this simple witch finger cookie recipe at Halloween for about 10 years she says but she doesn’t recall where the original recipe came from. Back in the UK my mum would make cookies that were similar but not for Halloween just every day shortbread butter cookies. You could easily switch this recipe up for any occasion as long as you have a creative mind.
The only changes she has made over the years is adding the almond extract flavouring. The original cookie had just the vanilla and it wasn’t tasty enough for her liking.
You can find all sorts of variations of the witch finger recipe on the internet but mine is the best. If you want to add warts as soon as they come out from the oven simply press a chocolate chip into the witch finger. If you dislike almond extract try lemon or add in some orange, lemon or lime rind to the dough.
Happy Halloween from our home to yours!
Mr and Mrs. CBB
Scary Witch Finger Cookies
Recipe Yield: 36
Total Time: 10 minutes to make, 30 minutes to refrigerator dough
Oven Time: 7-10 minutes see *Tip* below
Oven Temp: 350 degrees
TIP: Cook for 7 minutes then check the bottom. If the bottom has browned pull them and move them to a rack to cool. If you over-cook these cookies they will get too hard. They may not look done on the top, but they are.
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- Non- Stick Baking Sheet
- Cooling rack
- Parchment Paper or baking spray
- 1 tablespoon Almond Extract
- 1.5 tablespoons of Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup confectioners sugar (icing sugar) and a bit for your surface 1/3 cup
- 1 cup of butter (soft)
- 2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour ( don’t put any more than this or it will get too dry)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tube of red decorator gel
- About 45 blanched whole almonds ( I added in some extras)
- In a mixing bowl or stand mixer add in your butter and mix until blended.
- Add in your extracts and mix
- Add in your egg then mix 1 minute until blended
- Slowly add in your flour,salt and baking powder mix until it is all blended
- Put in a bowl, wrap with cling wrap and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill (this makes it easy to handle)
- Sugar your surface with icing sugar then take a chunk of the dough in your hands
- Roll the dough into a snake-like figure that is nice and even
- Cut the first finger about 1.5 inches in length and use this as your cutting guide for the rest.
- Make sure you roll them thinner or they will turn out chubby like some of mine did. They do grow in the oven.
- Once you cut your fingers squeeze the top of the finger so the sides come in then press in your almond.
- In the middle of the finger squeeze again to form the knuckle, then using a knife cut in some knuckle lines
- Place on a greased baking sheet or like I did on parchment paper.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes but I check at the 7 minute mark. If the cookie is brown underneath, pull them out. Don’t wait for colour on top or the cookie will be too hard.
- Remove cookies to a cooling rack for 5 minutes
- With your decorator gel, remove the almond, squeeze some into the nail bed then replace the almond.
- There you go, enjoy your Scary Witch Finger Cookies!
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