Witch Finger Cookies (great for Halloween party!)

Easy Witch Finger Cookies for Halloween #halloween #halloweenparty #creepydessert #halloweenfun

 Looking for a fun, yet super creepy looking Halloween party dessert? I'm not sure how schools would react to these Witch Finger Cookies for a school party, but they would definitely work for an older kid or adult Halloween party!

I'm going to share with all of you my family's recipe, but I will warn you ahead of time, this is all done by hand - no electric mixers. Also, there are no exact measurements with this recipe. Yet for some reason, these cookies turn out delicious each and very time! 

Traditional White Italian Cookie Recipe:

  • 2/12 lbs of flour (I always just "eye" half of a 5 lb bag)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbs baking powder
  • 2 sticks of butter flavored Crisco (it's important to use the butter flavor)
  • 5 - 6 eggs (You will have to determine how many to use once you mix the dough. Start with 5.)
  • Milk (set aside the milk gallon and add little by little)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Step #1 Preheat the oven to 350°

Step #2 Mix together (with your thoroughly washed hands) the flour, sugar, and baking powder

Step #3 Make a hole in the center of the mixture.

Step #4 Lightly beat 5 eggs in a separate bowl with the vanilla and pour the egg and vanilla into the hole.

Step #5 Mix everything together with your hands. Squishing the dough in your hands will help the process.

Step #6 Add the 2 sticks of Crisco and mix together with your hands. The dough should be dry and crumbly. (This is where you will determine whether you need another egg.)

Step #7 Add about a 1/2 cup of milk and continue to mix with your hands.

When the dough is crumbly, yet will stick together when you form a ball, it is good to go. If the dough sticks to your hands, it needs more flour. 

Easy Witch Finger Cookies for Halloween! #halloweenfun #halloweenpartyidea #halloweendessert

I started off with a ball just slightly smaller than a golf ball, then rolled it into the finger shape. Don't worry about making it smooth, the bumps can be the witch's warts (ew). At one end of the finger, I formed the nail bed by squeezing the end together and then flattened it out with my thumb. This will make it easier for the almond slivers to be adhered with the frosting. I used the end of a butter knife to make the knuckle wrinkles. (Is that what they are even called?)

Bake for 7 - 10 minutes just until lightly browned. These cookies can go from soft and moist to hard and crunchy in a matter of a minute so be sure to watch them. I know mine are done just by the smell because I've made them so many times. 

Once they are cooled, adhere the slivered almonds with red colored frosting. I used the Wilton Icing Writer Tube

Easy Witch Finger Cookies for Halloween! #halloweenpartyideas #halloweendessert

I don't know about you guys, but the finger on the left and the finger on the right creep me out! 

FYI - The recipe above makes a HUGE amount of cookies! 

 
1.0   Erin
9/25/2014 11:20:43 AM
These look amazing! So creepy, but it the perfect Halloween way. And as someone who doesn't love baking, I love the eyeballing measurements of this recipe.
2.0   AlexisAKAMOM
9/26/2014 9:21:56 AM
I love them, very creepy and cool :)
3.0   Linda
9/28/2014 11:44:55 AM
Very spooky fingers. I have made these as bread sticks to serve with soup for a Halloween dinner party.
4.0   Andrea @ This Pug Life
10/1/2014 4:39:39 PM
I made these several years ago and brought them to work, they were a huge hit!
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