Witch Finger Cookies are made with a buttery shortbread dough that melts in your mouth and tastes amazing! How can something look this spooky but taste so good?
Looking for the perfect foods for your upcoming Halloween party? Here are a few more of our favorites – Mummy Sugar Cookies, Halloween Lunch for kids, Popcorn Pumpkin Balls, and Halloween Soda Labels.
Fun Halloween Cookies
Halloween might be my favorite holiday to make food for! These shortbread witches fingers are not only super simple to make, but they also taste good too!
They’re crispy on the outside, but the buttery almond flavor melts in your mouth and has the perfect amount of sweetness. They look gross, but they’re surprisingly delicious! Here is how to make them –
Ingredients You Need
- butter – unsalted, softened
- powdered sugar
- almond extract
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- green food coloring
- red decorator gel or raspberry jam
- almond slices
How to Make Witch Finger Cookies
Butter Mixture – To start this recipe, you’ll need to beat together the butter, sugar, egg, almond and vanilla extract.
Dry Ingredients – Next, you’ll need to add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Then mix everything together until it has combined.
Recipe Tip – If you’re using salted butter, use only a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Add Color – To really make the cookies look like witch fingers, you’ll need to add green food coloring and mix until it reaches your desired shade of green.
Chill – Push down the dough from all sides of the bowl and cover the dough with plastic wrap so that the plastic is touching the dough. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
Baking Prep – You’ll need to preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Shape – Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a finger shape, then place on a prepared baking sheet.
Detail – Using a toothpick, make several deep lines in the dough around the knuckles. Press your finger on the nailbed to make room for a fingernail after baking.
Repeat – Continue doing the same thing with all of the remaining dough.
Cook – Bake the witch finger cookies for about 20 minutes or just until the bottoms start to turn golden brown. Let them all cool before you start decorating them.
Final Touches – Add a small dab of red gel or raspberry jam towards the back of the nail bed, then press a sliced almond on top, making sure the gel oozes out the sides.
Color – I like the brighter color of the red gel, but the raspberry jam gives it a nice flavor, so you can’t go wrong with either option!
Serve and enjoy!
More Halloween Recipes
- Witch Hat Cupcakes
- Mummy Hot Dogs
- Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats
- Goblin Eye Deviled Eggs
- Halloween Mummy Sugar Cookies
HERE’S A PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE –
Witch Finger Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened*
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt*
- 15-20 drops green food coloring, or a few generous squirts of gel coloring
- 1-2 tsp. red decorator gel or raspberry jam
- 28 almond slices
- Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond and vanilla extract.
- Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then mix until combined.
- Add green food coloring and mix until it reaches your desired shade of green.
- Push down the dough from all sides of the bowl and cover the dough with plastic wrap so that the plastic is touching the dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 325 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a finger shape, then place on a prepared baking sheet.
- Using a toothpick, make several deep lines in the dough around the knuckles. Press your finger on the nailbed to make room for a finger nail after baking.
- Continue with all remaining dough.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or just until the bottoms start to turn golden brown. Let cool.
- Add a small dab of red gel or raspberry jam towards the back of the nailbed, then press a sliced almond on top, making sure the gel oozes out the sides.
- Serve and enjoy!
This post was originally published on Somewhat Simple in 2012 with a witch finger recipe using avocado wrapped in prosciutto. If you’re looking for that recipe, we’ve included it below:
Witch Finger Appetizers
- 4 avocados – peeled, pitted and halved
- 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ounce prosciutto slices
- Cut each avocado half into 4-6 slices. Place in medium bowl and gently toss in lemon juice.
- In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, salt and pepper. Fill the center of each avocado slice with 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese mixture.
- Wrap each avocado “finger” with 1/3 slice of prosciutto until the goat cheese is secured to the avocado.
- Make sure to leave the tip of the avocado exposed, to resemble a finger nail.
- Arrange the avocados in the shape of a hand on the plate to add extra spookiness.
- Serve and Enjoy!