There are varying beliefs about whether or not we should celebrate Halloween. Want to hear my deep dark secret? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. There. I said it. I’ll level with you, I’m Dutch and it’s free candy. Enough said.
My parents always let us trick-or-treat but they encouraged us that Halloween was a day to play pretend, not a day to mess with evil or scary things. We were never allowed to dress up as demons or ghosts or the bleeding undead. I was a carhop girl on skates, a mailperson, a bunny rabbit, and one year, Captain Jean Luc Picard. I’ve included a picture so you can see my resemblance to him…
If you want to celebrate Halloween in style, you’ll need some creepy treats. A favorite cookie that my sister makes for this time of year is Severed Fingers (this recipe can also be found on allrecipes.com).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup whole almonds
- 1 (.75 ounce) tube read decorating gel
Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.
*if you want to really get into it, you can add green food coloring to the dough and then these are witch’s fingers!