Freaky Ladies' Fingers (Halloween)

"These are great for halloween parties! We gave them out one year to neighbors and it was so much fun to see their reaction. If you want a twist, make a shorter version and call them Gobblins toes. Just make them shorter and use plain almonds for the toe nails. Sprinkle with dried rosemary "toe hair" and it's complete!"
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Ready In:
1hr 12mins




  • Place a small amount of food coloring in a bowl and with a new paint brush "paint" the almond halves on the rounded side. Set aside.
  • In a Mixing bowl place water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for five minutes to let yeast work.
  • Beat 1 c flour in till combined. Beat in salt and 3-1/2 c flour till combined. Beat till dough pulls away from the sides.
  • Reduce speed and add 1/2c flour (if dough is still sticky add up to 1 c more flour).
  • Knead till smooth.
  • Coat a large bowl with cooking spray and put dough in covering with plastic wrap and put in a warm place to double in size (1 hour).
  • Heat oven to 450.
  • Heat 3 quarts water to boiling.
  • Add baking soda.
  • Lightly coat two baking sheets with pan spray.Divide dough into quarters.
  • Work with one at a time keeping the rest covered.
  • Divide each piece in 12 pieces. On a lightly floured surface roll pieces back and forth into a finger shape, ( 3-4 inches long) make sure to leave a lump for the knuckle.
  • When all 12 pieces are formed transfer to boiling soda water.
  • Poach for 1 minute, using a slotted spoon transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Repeat till all 4 quarters are done.
  • Beat egg with 1 T water and brush over pretzels.
  • Using a sharp knife score each knuckle about 3 times. Sprinkle with salt ( and rosemary if using).
  • Possition the almond nails into place and push down to secure.
  • Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or till golden brown.
  • Let cool on a wire rack.
  • These are best if eaten the first day but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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  1. These were actually tasty, and they looked great! They were a hit at our Samhain celebration.
  2. These were fun to make and a good way to get the whole family involved. I had to dilute the food color with water to make it look red instead of dark brown. This is a good healthy addition to a sugar-filled holiday!



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