Freaky Ladies' Fingers (Halloween)

Recipe by startnover
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.