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Witch Finger Cookies severed with a knife.

Scary Witch Fingers Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 36 Fingers 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Halloween isn't the same without some creepy party treats!  Almond shortbread cookies shaped into frightful fingers with blood red jagged fingernails will melt in your mouth as well as add spooky fun to the holiday!  This is a great Halloween treat for kids to help with too!


Units Scale
  • 40-45 Almond Slices
  • Red GEL food coloring
  • 1 cup Butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Ground Almonds
  • 2 cups Flour


  1. Paint 40-45 (this will give you a couple extra in case you break some) almond slices with red gel food coloring to look like fingernails.
  2. Let dry while making the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Prepare  baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or spraying them with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Pulse enough almonds in a food processor to get 1 cup ground almonds.  Set aside.
  6. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  7. Add the vanilla, and salt. 
  8. Stir in the ground almonds and flour.
  9. Using a 1 1/2 Tbs. or #40 scoop, scoop the dough out into approximately 36-40 balls.
  10. In between your hands, roll out and shape dough pieces into "fingers" about the length and width of an average sized finger.
  11. Place on the prepared baking sheets with 2 inches of space between them.
  12. Place a painted almond on the end of each finger and use a sharp knife to make knuckle marks.
  13. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  14. Cool on a cooling rack.
  15. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.


  • You'll need roughly 2 cups of almonds to get 1 cup ground almonds.
  • You can substitute ground pecans for the ground almonds.
  • These cookies do freeze well.
  • Nutritional Disclaimer

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