Witches Fingers

Our witches fingers look horrible, but taste great. Children will love these cookies, but they will make parents cringe. We used red food colouring to paint the finger nails - why not try addding a dollop of jam under the almond to give a blood effect?

This recipe will make about twenty finger cookies and shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.

For The Dough
100g (4oz) butter, softened
100g (4oz) caster sugar
200g (8oz) plain flour
1 egg yolk
For the Finger Nails
About 20 blanched almonds 
Red food colouring (paste colours work the best)
Make the Fingers
1) Place the butter, caster sugar, flour, egg yolk and vanilla essence in a food processor with a pinch of salt
2) Blend the mixture until a dough is formed 
3) Roll golf sized balls into finger shapes and place them on to a baking sheet lined with baking paper 
4) Using a knife, press cuts into the dough to make knuckles
5) Press an almond into the end of each finger 
6) Put the dough in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes
7) Bake the fingers in a pre-heated oven (gas mark 4/180C) for 10-12 minutes
Paint the Nails
Allow the fingers to cool. Using a small paint brush and red food colouring (we find paste colours work best) paint the almonds to give the look of red painted nails. 
Why not try adding a dollop of jam before you press the almonds into the fingers - this gives the look of bleeding finger nails. Or use green food colouring when you make the cookie dough to create green witches fingers.