November 3rd, 2009

Frightening Finger Cookies

My boys beg me to make these Frightening Finger Cookies every Halloween.  Honestly, they’re almost too realistic to eat! But we always manage to finish them off anyway.

Frightening Finger Cookies
When I make these, I usually double the recipe so we have plenty to take to the school’s fall carnival. They’re always a huge hit, especially with the kids!  I’ve even attached the “fingernails” with green gel, for a more “witchy” looking finger.

A few tips: Don’t cut the knuckle lines too deep, or the cookies tend to break.  And the cookies do spread a bit during baking, so make your fingers a bit thinner than you’d like the finished product to be.

Frightening Finger Cookies

Preparation 30 Cook Time 20 Total Time 0:00
Serves 36     adjust servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Red decorating gel
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and extracts. Add salt and baking powder, then gradually add the flour.
  3. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  4. Shape dough into fingers, 3-inches long and about 1/2 inch wide. Using the flat tip of a table knife, make an indentation on one end of each for the fingernail.
  5. With a knife, make three slashes in the middle of each finger for the knuckle.
  6. Place fingers 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. When cookies are cool, squeeze a small amount of red gel onto nail bed. Press a sliced almond over gel for nail, allowing gel to ooze around nail.

And in case you’re wondering….yes, the cookies actually taste good! If you find the finger presentation a bit unappetizing, the shortbread style dough makes great cookies of any shape.

One thing is for certain, these fun and frightening finger cookies are sure to be the talk of any Halloween celebration!

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Who Dished It Up First: I found this recipe in Taste of Home’s Celebrations Cookbook.



  1. Okay, these look way too creepy to eat. Too realistic.


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