I LOVE Halloween. Probably my favorite holiday after Christmas. I love that everyone decides to be someone else for a night, be friendly and hand out sweets! And perhaps embrace their natural tendencies…
So last night – we headed out to a friends house for a Halloween party. And in the sprit of the holidays – I decided to make Finger Cookies! Now I know I normally don’t share recipes with you guys – but these were just too much fun. Though they are pretty gross so if you get queasy easy – you may want to skip this post! I used the recipe below from Epicurious.com.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablepoons Icing Glue (see below)
Icing Glue Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla extract and mix well.
3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat until completely mixed.
4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
6. With your hands, roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a finger shape for each cookie.
Cooks Notes: I found it was easiest to roll it out and then press down a front area for a nail bed, then bunch the dough up a little farther down for the first knuckle and then bunch it up some more for the second knuckle. Oh – and then I also dipped the ends in a little red food coloring. As if they weren’t already gross enough! Make them pretty thin – if they are too thick they will puff up too much and you will have uh “ogre” fingers! Actually – that would be a pretty fun Shrek spin to make on these … just saying!
7. Use a butter knife to make knuckle marks on the finger cookies.
Cook’s Note: I found three little lines on the first knuckle and about six or so on the second really made them look realistic.
8. Bake 20-25 minutes, until fingers are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Meanwhile, prepare the Icing Glue. Mix together powdered sugar and water in a small bowl until the consistency is similar to that of a paste.
9. Attach almond slice fingernails to the tips of the fingers with Icing Glue. Let glue dry for about 30 minutes.
Cook’s note: How gross are these? Oh I love it!!
Read More about the recipe here at Epicurious.
The cookies were a total hit at the party! People would kinda tentatively pick one up and bite into it and then go - “Oh – those taste really good!” This was always said with a huge look of relief. Like the cookie was actually going to taste like fingers or something!
So with those little tasty morsels, I wish you all a Happy Halloween and many treats (and tricks)!
From the spy who loves all of you…
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