Tuesday, 4 November 2008

by popular demand....... Witches Fingers recipe!

A little late for this year's Hallowe'en, but you should have lots of time to plan for next year... :)
1 cup butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond essence (and remember.... you now have to be 18 to buy this here in Oz....)
1 tsp vanilla essence/concentrate
2 2/3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup whole almonds - blanched
red cake decorating gel/writing gel
Preheat oven to 160 C
Beat butter, sugar, egg, almond essence and vanilla until soft.
Gradually beat in flour, baking powder and salt until mixed.
Cover dough and refrigerate for 30 min - makes dough easier to work with.
Work with 1/4 of the dough at a time -
roll a tbsp worth of dough into a finger shape
press almond into one end for a nail
shape the knuckles - you could be really creative and score the knuckles slightly to make them look even more authentic.
Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25min or until a nice pale golden (shortbread sort of colour)
Cool cookies down for a few minutes, then pull the almond off gently, put some red gel on the nailbed and press the almond back down... the gel should ooze out around, making it look deliciously disgusting.


  1. Thanks Mari! I now know what to make next Halloween! But what's the story behind the almond essence???

  2. Apparently children were buying the essences like almond/vanilla etc because it has a minute alcohol content. So, now you can only buy it if you are over 18......

  3. Those are amazing Mari, they give me chills just looking at them. Do people actually eat them? I think it would freak me out too much because they look so lifelike! Will definately earmark these for next year.

  4. like your witckes fingers.I have got a cope of the recipe I will have a go at making them.


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