Friday, October 22, 2010
Are you trying to find that perfect treat to serve to your guests or trick-or-treaters? Severed finger cookies will do the trick! Warning: They look so real that they may run screaming from them! Seriously, I was so excited to make these and brought them into my daughter's first grade class (years ago) and the kids wouldn't touch them! The adults had a great time eating them though! I posted these last year and they are a huge hit so I am bringing them back! The best Halloween cookie I have ever made mostly because it is so effective! They taste yummy too! Make them if you dare! Recipe below...
Bloody Severed Finger Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup almonds, whole blanched (not sure what blanched means, I just bought "slivered" almonds for the nails)
1 tube red decorator gel
Preheat oven to 325
Cream the butter with powdered sugar. Mix in egg, and extracts until creamy. Sift and add the dry ingredients. Blend to make a soft dough. Wrap and refrigerate dough until it is easy to work with (about 15-20 minutes). Roll into a finger shape about 3" long and 1/2" thick (They will rise when baked so make them smaller than you'd like the finished finger to be). Place finger on lined cookie sheet. Using a butter knife, lightly press a flat nail bed shape at the end of the finger and cut 3 lines in the middle of the finger to form knuckles. Press lightly above and below knuckle to make finger more realistic (give it shape). Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes. Put a bit of red gel in the nail bed and press the almond fingernails into the end of the finger.
*Arrange fingers on a nice platter, add some spiders to crawl over fingers. Try and make them as real as possible!
Have fun making these and let me know if you do!
Photo's taken via me, recipe via Living It At Home