Halloween Finger Cookies Recipe
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Ladies’ Fingers Recipe
30 almonds (I used raw almonds from Trader Joes with the brown shell so I didn’t need to use red food coloring)
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Separate 1 egg. Set aside the egg white.
In a small bowl, whisk together the yolk, the other egg, and vanilla. Set egg mixture aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
Add egg mixture, and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add the flour, and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Divide the dough in half. Work with one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and chilled. Divide the first half into fifteen pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece back and forth with palms into finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife. Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Note: The dough needs to be chilled for best results. I found sticking it in the freezer for a few minutes also helped make it easier to roll out and shape the finger cookies.
5. When all fingers are formed, heat the oven to 350 degrees, brush each cookie lightly with egg white. Position almond nails and push into dough to attach.
6. Bake finger cookies until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
Besides the fun, festive appearance finger cookies add to any Halloween décor, my favorite part of these creepy cookies are the almond fingernails. If I make them again, I may make a platter of Halloween Toes (more almond, less cookie).
Halloween Finger Cookies were a big hit at our family Halloween party. I even received requests for the recipe. Happy Halloween!
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