Halloween Party Treat: Witches Finger Cookies

by Linette

witches finger cookies Creep out everyone at your Halloween party with witches finger cookies. You can use any shortbread cookie recipe, but here’s one for you to use if you prefer.

Witches Finger Cookie Recipe

Yield: 5 dozen

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched
  • 2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.

When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.

Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.

Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.

If you use red melting chocolate the look will be even more dramatic, you can also make small drops of chocolate blood, or chocolate cuts on the cookies if you really want to gross out your guests.

The witches finger cookies will make great party treats, but you can also bundle them up in a decorative container and use them for your Halloween party favors.

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Jean September 5, 2008 - 9:09 am

Ewwww – these really are gross! The kids will love them!!

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Patrick October 19, 2008 - 2:53 pm

Linette, these look great, can’t wait to try!

It mentions sugar in the instructions but not in the ingredient list – how much sugar is needed for this recipe??

Linette October 19, 2008 - 8:15 pm

Yeah, you probably need that:) One cup, thanks for catching it!

Leigh October 25, 2008 - 4:25 pm

The cookies tend to flatten so keep them in the fridge up until baking. The chocolate around the fingernail did not turn out, so I painted the fingernails chocolate instead. The blanching of the almonds took the most time, but I tried a few unblanced and they looked great. It’s a fun treat for Halloween, but be sure you have an afternoon to make them.

leah October 27, 2008 - 2:05 am

Any tips for stopping them from flattening out? Mine keep coming out like pancakes!

Linette October 27, 2008 - 3:47 pm

leah- Try chilling them before you bake them.

If you’re melting the chocolate around the fingernails, make sure you use a fine decorating tip, or you can use decorator, or gel icing around the edge if you have a fine tip on your decorator bag.

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Kim November 9, 2008 - 3:24 pm

I made a slight change for kids with nut allergies…no almonds or extract. I added green food coloring and used yellow green icing on the nail bed…my son calls them…gross ogre fingers.

Kristina October 25, 2009 - 11:51 pm

I’ve made shortbread witches’ fingers for years and they are always a hit! It’s important to use a recipe with no leavening agents so the cookies stick to their shape. (I prefer a pecan shortbread which gives them a slightly darker, deader, skin color). It works really well to use sliced almonds painted with plain old red food coloring, inserted as fingernails before baking, to give a creepy reality to the cookies. Really look at your fingers & imagine the bones only when shaping them. That will get you the most realistic look. Also don’t make the knuckle wrinkle marks too perfect. Serve on a wooden cutting board with red food coloring dripped on a cleaver to make the service truly creepy!

mj phillips October 27, 2009 - 3:58 pm

These have become a tradition at our annual work Halloween Luncheon which includes all kinds of gross food titles and creative gross looking but delicious dishes! People come to me year after year asking if I am making these! This is the fourth year now!!! I add a little more flour so they don’t spread too much. I also used slivered almonds for realistic looking nails….yuk! Delicious!

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Granny Mary October 31, 2009 - 4:33 pm

Make these thin or they will get too fat! We called the first batch ogre toes and the second witches fingers and we used regular whole almonds.

eileen askew October 14, 2010 - 12:47 pm

am trying to make the witches fingers, but had people come in to visit so,I kept on mixing cookie dough BUT..I put sugar, eggs, butter and flour in all at the same time. the dough is crumbly, but still shapes into a nice finger.will this still work? even if dough is crumbly?

thank you

Patrick October 28, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Try sticking a pretzel inside before you bake them as a bone inside!

Karen October 28, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Huge disappointment. Flat..followed the directions exactly. Dough was well chilled. Guess it’s plan B for what to bring to Halloween party!

Karen October 29, 2010 - 5:37 pm

I made these for our annual Witches Who Wine party. They came out fabulous and everybody was amazed at how lifelike they looked. Don’t forget to add the 1 cup of sugar LOL ! The trick with these cookies is to make them much thinner and smaller than the picture because they will expand and flatten some as they bake. Also you must keep the dough extremely cold as you work. I took out a tablespoon at a time and kept the bowl and my cookie sheet in the refrigerator. I also put the filled cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes until the fingers were very cold and stiff before I baked them. That is how they came out the best! I also removed the almond from each finger after baking and used a store bought tube of Betty Crocker black decorating gel and piped it around the indentation and immediately replaced the almond , absolutely PERFECT

SuzyQ October 30, 2010 - 1:06 am

I used this recipe, but I added a little green food coloring, and instead of using chocolate, I bought one of those small tubes of red gel icing. They turned out amazing! A couple things I learned were to use flour on your hands while you’re rolling these, or the dough sticks. And when rolling the dough make them on the skinnier side, they do puff up a little bit.

wendy October 13, 2011 - 5:41 pm

I tried these, but they were way too salty. I am going to try making them again tonight but decrease the salt to 1/4 tsp.

Also, I used raspberry jelly on the nail beds and cooked them with the almond slivers. They look really cool!

Dawn October 14, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Could you just use refrigerated cookie dough ?

Linette October 14, 2011 - 10:19 pm

Dawn~ It’s more of a shortbread than a cookie, it doesn’t rise or change shape much, and it’s a little denser than a normal cookie to hold the shape so I don’t think refrigerated cookie dough will work, but if you try it stop back and let us know how it worked for you.

rita schoaf October 22, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Nice how did u get ur fingers to look like they do in the pic i fallowed directions and they keep turning flat on me i had the oven on 350 like most of the sights had it on my oven is gas and i fallowed the directions like others did i bought doughboy dough though not home made

StevenO October 28, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Mine turned out perfect, but I used my own shortbread recipe and replaced the chocolate for raspberry jam, it locked sick.

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I made these last year with sugar cookie doe and some already sliced almonds also i warmed some raspberry jam to put around the nails and when i rolled the doe i made sure to roll it in thin worm size rolles so they wouldnt flatten out to much they came out great i love these and will make them again this year!

Meisha October 13, 2012 - 4:55 pm

I’m thinking of trying these with Peanut Butter cookie dough. I will also fill with raspberry Jelly and insert a pretzel stick in the middle to add a gross realistic bone effect. Muahahaha. I love halloween!

Debbie October 30, 2012 - 4:28 pm

I have trouble with flattening I’ll keep trying, but I use slivered almonds then I dont have to blanch them

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Nancy Harper October 13, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Could you make these witches fingers with store bought cookie dough? Would you need to
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Linette October 13, 2013 - 9:49 pm

I don’t think they would work with store bought cookie dough, because it rises when you bake it. You need dough that will hold its shape.

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