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Witch Finger Cookie Recipe

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?
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, halloween,
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 129kcal


  • 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.
    beating wet ingredients for cookies
  • Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then mix until combined.
    adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients
  • Add green food coloring and mix until it reaches your desired shade of green.
    adding green food coloring to cookie dough
  • 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.
    covering cookie dough with plastic wrap
  • 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.
    making green cookie dough look like witches fingers
  • 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.
    baking green witch finger cookies
  • 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.
    adding red gel to witch finger cookies
  • Serve and enjoy!
    plate of green witch finger cookies


If using salted butter, use only a 1/2 teaspoon of salt


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg