October 30, 2011

Freaky Fingers

Boo! I've been a ghost lately but since it's Halloween I figured I should stop by and scare up some fun with these creepy cookies. These delectable digits may look ghastly, but they really are freakishly good! Go ahead and give your guests the finger this Halloween! You won't regret it! ; )

Freaky Fingers
Makes 20-30 fingers

200g all purpose flour
100g caster sugar (superfine)
100g butter
1 egg yolk (maybe 2)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
20-30 blanched almonds
Red food colouring (paste is best)
Small clean paintbrush

A few notes: The fingers will spread in the oven so be sure to roll them quite thin.  Also, if a few of the almonds fall off after baking, try gluing them them back on with the red colouring paste. 

Place the first 5 ingredients in a food processor with a pinch of salt and whiz until a ball of dough forms.  If the dough isn't coming together, add another egg yolk. Tear off a piece of dough, slightly smaller than a golf ball, and roll into skinny cylinders.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper - not too close together as they will spread during baking. Place an almond on the end of each finger and trim away any excess dough to neaten.  Use a knife to make a few lines for the knuckles.  Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Heat oven to 180C/350F then bake until just firm, about 10-12 minutes, maybe less if you're fingers are thin.  Just be sure to keep a close eye.  Leave to cool a little, then paint each almond with red food colouring.

Recipe from BBC Good Food


  1. Oh my. This is soooo spooky. I love it.

  2. Seriously...these look awesome. Totally old lady witch fingers.

  3. It's amazing how realistic these look! Right down to the knuckles and nail polish. Love it!

  4. Oh this is amazing idea, may be I will try to do that for next year. You are brilliant and welcome back. BTW how is the little one doing, is he going to eat them any time soon. Not sure how old your boys is by now. Anna :)

  5. look amazing clever you!! happy halloweeeeen !!

  6. Wow, these look super cool! :) They seriously do look like real fingers--it's creepy...BUT AWESOME! :)

  7. You are an artist in your own right! Beautifully done Hooray!....An such a delicious recipe to boot!

  8. Absolutely the most realistic ones I have ever seen!

    Well done :)