Looking back on the past couple of days, it seems as though I've turned the Halloween spirit up a notch: Sunday my husband and I picked up pumpkins, Monday I cooked a tasty Fall dinner, Tuesday I snacked on cookies and candy and today I created a Halloween video. That's right...a Halloween video. Don't believe me? Check it out here. It includes my husband, brother, my brother's girlfriend, my brother-in-law and, of course, myself. I'm almost died from laughter while creating it. It's absolutely classic!
Halloween is also a great time to bake tasty treats that the whole family will love. And when it comes to making special Halloween treats, the creepier the better...right?
Freaky Finger Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup whole almonds, blanched
- 1 tube red decorator gel
- Green food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla and a few drops of green food coloring. Beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Working with one-quarter dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoons full of dough into a finger shape for each cookie. Press almond firmly into one end for nail. Squeeze in center of the dough to create a knuckle shape. Using a paring knife, make slashes in the knuckle to create wrinkles.
- Place on lightly greased cookie sheet in oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale or golden. Let cool for three minutes. Lift up almond, squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so that the gel oozes out from underneath.
- Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
I have a feeling I'll be posting more Halloween recipes as we get closer to the holiday...so stay tuned for more ghoulish goodies!
*Recipe and photo from Parents Connect