Witchy-Poo Fingers

"According to the Canadian Living Test Kitchen, this is their most requested Hallowe'en recipe. I haven't made them, but think I will this year. Sounds ghoulishly good!"
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Ready In:
60 cookies




  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter sugar, egg and extracts together.
  • In another mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Beat dry ingredients into butter mixture, then cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F; have cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper, ready.
  • Remove only 1/4 of the dough from refrigerator (leave rest refrigerated to stay cold); measure out heaping teaspoonfuls and shape into fingers.
  • Press an almond firmly into the end of each"finger" to make the fingernail.
  • Below the almond and at the opposite end of the finger, press in dough to create knuckle halfway down; using the back of a table knife, make indents into the knuckle (look at your own fingers to get an idea of what this should look like).
  • If you want really big ugly fingers with two gnarled knuckles, use about a tbsp of dough per cookie.
  • Place on paper-lined cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven until a pale golden colour--about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • After first sheet goes into the oven, remove more dough from the fridge to make more fingers.
  • When cookies are done, remove from oven and let cool for three minutes.
  • Carefully lift up almond from each finger and squeeze some red decorating gel onto nail bed, then press almond back into place; the red gel will creepily ooze out.
  • Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

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  1. beth2440
    Made these last night for tonight-Halloween! They are great. They look nice and creepy and actually are right tastey. They were simple to make. I did add a little more flour, maybe a 1/4 cup and baked them for about 20 minutes till slightly brown on the bottom. This will most likely be a Halloween tradition in our house. They were spooktacular!!!!!(maniacal laugh)
  2. anniesnomsblog
    These were fun to make and tasted great! I needed a little more flour to make the dough workable, but that's not a big deal! I didn't think I'd be any good at making these, but they were remarkably easy and I took the advice to look at my own fingers, which made it easier too! A great Halloween make!
  3. Valerie in Australia
    Sorry Just reviewing now... Big Hit for Halloween. Taste great and very scarey....I added red decorateing gel on the knuckles to look like blood.
  4. JaniceJean
    I made a similar recipe for my 8 year old from Taste of Home- she was actually a little nervous to bring to school as they were so realistic- they were a big hit and we enjoyed making them alot! Great for kids!!!!
  5. Bruce VH
    A very good tasting cookie which people comment on


  1. Prose
    I made these for Halloween and just now realized I hadn't reviewed them yet. They were A LOT of fun for our Halloween party. People were amazed. They were deceptively easy to make, though. I made them vegan and gluten-free by subbing Earth Balance margarine for the butter, Ener-G egg replacer for the egg, and Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour blend for the flour. The recipe held up well to my modifications. Also, I used Allibaba's idea and subbed raspberry jam for the red decorating gel. I applied it before baking and it came out looking dark, just like dried/clotted blood! The fingers do rise during baking, so they ended up larger than I expected when molding them (but that was not a problem at all). Thanks for posting this yummy, fun recipe. I'm sure I will make it again for future Halloweens.
  2. Dusty Anne B.
    I forgot to mention that I also used slivered almonds instead of whole one, They looked kind of creepier with the skin around the edges. I even used the ones with "chipped" ends for a more realistic look. I just made the indention with the end of a butter knife and didn't push in so deep.
  3. Dusty Anne B.
    I added some green food coloring to the dough. I also lightly dusted some of them with gray edible powder - just because I had it on hand. I have also used green and black gel icing around the nails, when I ran out of red.
  4. Bow8651
    These were fun cookies. The market did not have the red gel, so mixed in some red food coloring with confectioners sugar instead. That worked great as it looked very blood-like and also added some nice sweetness to the cookies.



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