I’ve always wanted to make spooky treats for Halloween but never ever tried because I always thought they are hard and tedious to do. And now’s the season to be creepy, I mustered all my courage to make this recipe that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. This one did the job!
This recipe is from Allrecipes UK | Ireland. Watch it on YouTube and you’ll enjoy the video 🙂
I followed the recipe faithfully. I didn’t make any substitutions (except for the almond extract ‘coz I don’t have one) because I’m afraid I might ruin it — it uses 225 grams of butter and I don’t want that to go to waste!
Tips and Tricks: To prevent the cookie fingers from spreading too much or going flat just like what others said in the video comments, don’t pat or flatten them. Mold the thickness/height of the fingers as high as possible but not too thick unless you want them to be like SHREK‘s FINGERS.
Good luck in making these. Have fun!
- 225g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 125g icing sugar (powdered/confectioner's)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (I used vanilla)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt (you can reduce to 1/2 teaspoon)
- 350g all-purpose flour
- whole almonds
- red decorating icing or strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 160C degrees (320F degrees). Line baking tray with foil or slightly greased parchment paper.
- Combine butter, icing sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract in a bowl. Mix well using a stand or handheld mixer.
- Add baking powder, salt, and gradually add flour. Beat until everything is well combined.
- Knead dough inside the bowl until smooth. Form into a ball or log. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Take approx. 1 teaspoon of dough and roll into a finger shape using a greaseproof paper (I just used my hands here). Make a peace sign or "V" with your fingers, put them on top of the (perpendicular to) rolled dough and gently squeeze to make the impression of knuckles. Make shallow cuts with a knife to create lines (2 sets of 3 to 4 lines each finger). Press an almond at the tip, this will be the nails (better watch the video for this step).
- Arrange on baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 mins.
- Remove almonds and squeeze a small amount of red decorating icing or strawberry jam. Put the almonds back onto the fingers. Do this step one cookie finger at a time. Let them cool and set. Serve and get creeped out (errr... I mean enjoy).
- Store in an airtight container in room temperature. Consume within a week.
- To prevent the cookie fingers from spreading too much or going flat just like what others said in the video comments, don’t pat or flatten them. Mold the thickness/height of the fingers as high as possible but not too thick or it will become Shrek’s fingers instead.
Don’t mind if I creep up on you – Bunny Beatz