Creepy, scary Witch fingers made from sugar cookies with a sinister surprise – raspberry jam hidden beneath almond “nails” for a gory Halloween twist.
- 2 1/2 Cups All-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Almond extract
- Whole blanched almonds (about 25)
- Red or green seedless raspberry jam or jelly
- Green food coloring (optional)
- Powdered sugar (for dusting)
MAKE THE DOUGH:
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a smooth cookie dough forms.
- Divide the dough into two equal portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until the dough is firm.
SHAPE THE FINGERS:
- Take one portion of dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it into finger-like shapes. Make sure to create a slight bulge for the knuckle area. Use a knife to make indentations for the knuckles. Don’t forget to shape one end into a “fingernail” shape.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the shaped fingers onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space in between. If desired, use a knife to gently score the dough to resemble knuckles.
- Gently press a whole almond onto the jam, creating the appearance of a fingernail. The jam should be underneath the almond and squish out.
- Arrange the witch finger cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between them.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies turn a light golden brown.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets. The jam will darken slightly, resembling a creepy “bloody” effect.