Witch Fingers


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Slivered almonds (approximately 3/4 cup)
Strawberry or raspberry jam


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and lightly grease baking sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
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 slivered 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 and carefully spread a bit of jam on the tip of each finger. Replace the almond to cause the jam to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.


Mrs Bieber's picture

I made these for my friends and man did we have to convince them they were shortbread. One girl actually screamed when she bit into one but decided she loved them and decided to make them herself. A very delicious but scary treat!

Coby's picture

These were fun to make - lol though my first batch was a fat-fingered witch! Handy dough to keep in the fridge, and whip up each day as needed too. Thank you:)


These spooky cookies are actually quite delicious...if you can muster up the courage to bite into one!

Other Names:

Shortbread Witch's Fingers, spooky finger cookies


60 fingers


Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 1:36pm


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