Witch Finger Cookies For Halloween

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

Halloween is Oct 31, and if you want a fun and easy cookie recipe, you must make these Witch Finger Cookies. 

Each witch finger is thick and buttery with hints of almond, although you don’t need to use extracts.

The nail is a raw almond that is glued on with red decorating gel after the cookies are baked.

With so many Halloween parties, this witch-finger cookie recipe is the perfect treat.

These are also great little treats to send with the kids to school or daycare if they are permitted.

Perhaps you’re having a Halloween party at work and need to bake a spooky treat with you.

Even if someone else makes a batch, don’t worry.

They will all get eaten up as I’ve never had leftovers to take home.

Today, let me show you how easy it is to make spooky Halloween witches’ fingers.

How to make scary witch finger cookies for Halloween.
Witch fingers cookies for Halloween are easy to make and taste delicious.

Homemade Scary Witch Finger Cookies Are Easy

Can you make witch finger cookies without almonds? YES.

To make the cookies nut-free, eliminate the blanched almond and fill the indent with white candy.

You can’t buy these witch finger cookies around where I live, but they are so inexpensive. 

From my calculations, this recipe costs around $5.00, not including time and hydro.

That’s not bad for a yield of just over 36 witch finger cookies, which are a good-sized treat.

The best part is that the witch finger cookies are fun to make, and making these with the kids.

The ingredients for this witch finger cookies recipe start with simple pantry ingredients.

The Bulk Barn and Amazon Canada have the lowest prices for blanched almonds and red decorator gel.

This witch finger cookies recipe has been made at our house for Halloween for the past ten years.

Conveniently, this Halloween cookie recipe is a tradition in our house with a cup of coffee to dip in.

Our 7-year-old son loves to dip the witch finger cookies in a cold glass of chocolate milk.

Shortbread Cookies Transform To Witch Finger Cookies

My mum would make similar cookies but not for Halloween, just everyday shortbread butter cookies.

For the imaginative baker, you could switch this scary witch finger cookie recipe up for any occasion.

The only change made over the years is adding the almond extract flavouring.

Initially, the cookie required vanilla extract, and it wasn’t tasty enough, so we used both.

Add warts by pressing a chocolate chip into the witch’s finger.

However, if you dislike almond extract, try lemon or add anise extract to the cookie dough.

Alternatively, grate orange, lemon, or lime rind, then add them to the cookie dough.

Perhaps you’d like to change the finger colour to green, add green food colouring to the dough.

How to Make Spooky Halloween Witches Finger Cookies

Halloween Scary Witch Finger Cookies on two plates ready to be eaten by goblins.
Two Plates Of Witch Finger Cookies Ready To Be Eaten

Scary Witch Finger Cookies

Note: The printable version of this recipe is below.

Recipe Yield: 36

Total Time:  10 minutes to make, 30 minutes to refrigerator dough

Oven Time: 7-10 minutes

Oven Temp: 350 degrees

TIP: Cook for 7 minutes, then check the bottom. If the base has browned, pull them and move them to a rack to cool.

If you over-cook these cookies, they will get too hard and not taste the best.

Witch Finger Cookies Ingredients

Instructions To Make Witches Fingers

  • In a mixing bowl or stand mixer add butter and icing sugar and mix until fluffy (2 mins).
  • Add in both extracts and mix
  • Add in the egg, then mix for 1 minute until blended
  • Slowly add in your flour, salt, and baking powder and 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
How to roll the cookie dough for the witch finger cookies.
How To Roll The Cookie Dough For Witch Finger Cookies
  • Roll the dough into a snake-like figure that is nice and even
How to form witch finger cookies before you bake them.
How to form witch finger cookies
  • Cut the first finger about 1.5 inches long and use this as your guide for the rest.
  • Ensure you roll them thinner, or they will turn out chubby as some of mine did.
  • Once you cut your fingers, squeeze the top of the finger so the sides come in, then press in a blanched almond.
  • In the middle of the finger, squeeze again to form the knuckle, then using a knife, cut in knuckle lines.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet or like I did on parchment paper.
witch finger cookies ready for the oven
Witch Finger Cookies Ready For The Oven
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, but I check at the 7-minute mark.
  • If the cookie is brown underneath, pull it out. Don’t wait for the colour on top of the cookie will be too hard.
Witch finger cookies baked fresh in the oven. Witch fingers cookies for Halloween are easy to make and taste delicious.
Freshly baked Witch Finger Cookies For Halloween
  • Remove cookies to a cooling rack for 5 minutes
How to decorate Witch Finger Cookies.
How To Decorate Witch Finger Cookies
  • Remove the almond and with red decorator gel, squeeze some into the nail bed, and then replace the almond.

How To Make Witch Finger Cookies

Witch fingers cookies for Halloween are easy to make and taste delicious.
Scary Witch Fingers Unbaked and Baked

Happy Halloween from our home to yours!

Mr. and Mrs. CBB

Yield: 36

Spooky Witch Fingers Recipe

witches fingers cookies

Halloween Scary Witch Finger Cookies are a buttery shortbread classic and so easy and inexpensive to make.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Add butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl or stand mixer, then mix until blended.
  2. Add in the two extracts and mix
  3. Add in the lgiantegg then mix for 1 minute until blended
  4. Slowly add in flour, salt, and baking powder and mix until it is all blended
  5. Please put in a bowl, wrap with cling wrap, and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill (this makes it easy to handle)
  6. Sugar your surface with icing sugar, then take a chunk of the dough in your hands
  7. Roll the dough into a snake-like figure that is nice and even
  8. Cut the first finger about 1.5 inches long and use this as your guide for the rest.
  9. Make sure you roll them thinner, or they will turn out chubby like some of mine. They do grow in the
    oven.
  10. Once you cut your fingers, squeeze the top of the finger so the sides come in, then press in your almond.
  11. In the middle of the finger, squeeze again to form the knuckle, then cut in some knuckle lines using a knife.
  12. Place on a greased baking sheet or like I did on parchment paper.
  13. Bake for 7-10 minutes, but I check at the 7-minute mark. If the cookie is brown underneath, pull it out. Don’t wait for the color on top of the cookie to be too hard.
  14. Remove cookies to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  15. With your decorator gel, remove the almond, squeeze some into the nail bed, and then replace the almond.
  16. Baking Tip: Cook for 7 minutes, then check the bottom. If the bottom has browned, move them to a rack to cool.
  17. If you over-bake these cookies, they will get too complicated. They may not look done on the top, but they are.

Did you make this recipe?

Did you make this recipe?

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

There you go, enjoy your Scary Witch Finger Cookies!

P.S. If you want to make them even scarier, you can add green colouring to the cookie dough.

Discussion: What other ways have you dressed up your scary witch fingers?

Please share your comments below.

Mr.CBB

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Spooky Halloween Witch Finger Cookies Recipe
Spooky Halloween Witch Finger Cookies Recipe

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15 Comments

  1. Is 1 tbsp baking powder correct?
    I’m not that other similar recipes and theirs are 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Thanks

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