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Halloween Severed Finger Cookies


These severed finger cookies are gory and creepy but in the best way.  They’re not only fun to make, the reactions you’ll get alone are well worth it.  J recently took these to work with him and he told me his receptionist was horrified.  I don’t know if that makes me a bit twisted but I couldn’t stop laughing.  She did eventually enjoy a few and told him to tell me that the cookies themselves were delicious but she still couldn’t get over the way they looked.  For halloween, I think that’s the best possible compliment you can get.

The fingers are actually a tender and buttery sugar cookie that is gently sweet, infused with your choice of vanilla or almond.  They’re wonderful too because they don’t spread when they bake.  I once had 200 animal shaped cookies that I volunteered to make for a pet adoption fundraiser and I think between all the other projects I had going on simultaneously, I seriously over committed to way too many things at once.  Regrettably, I reached for store-bought cookie dough and boy did it turn out disastrously.  Every one of my animals looked horribly swollen and unnatural, not really the best message to attach to a pet sanctuary for abused/neglected animals.  So if you’ve ever encountered such an issue, rest assured that I’ve got you covered.  As long as you keep this dough chilled, my recipe is perfect for any cut outs you desire.

For halloween, this is also perfect for slightly green tinged dough that makes it look like decaying severed fingers too, an homage to the upcoming premiere of The Walking Dead {which I’m beyond stoked for}!  However, if keeping things a bit more PG is your objective, I also made these adorable candy corn cookies a few years ago and this dough is also my go-to for christmas time like for my candy cane cookies.  The beauty of it is that it’s extremely versatile and you can tint or shape your way to anything you want and with just a few simple ingredients most of which you probably already have, there’s no reason not to sneak in a little trick with your treat this halloween.

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Halloween Severed Finger Cookies
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Serves: 3-4 dozen
  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • ¼ ts fine salt
  • 1 stick soft unsalted butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c white sugar
  • 1½ ts pure vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • Sliced almonds
  • Optional: unsweetened cocoa
  1. In the first bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the second bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Blend in the extract and egg.
  4. Roll out 1-2 ts into logs and lay on parchment/silpat. Pinch in "knuckles," score the tops, and create a nail bed as shown in the video. Place a sliced almond at each tip.
  5. Chill for 15-20 minutes {the longer, the better}.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Cool completely and lightly dust with cocoa powder if desired.


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