Happy October! I'm kicking off the start of my favorite month with a recipe that actually creeped me out a little while making them. A rich butter cookie, dyed Incredible Hulk green with a whole almond that resembles a decaying fingernail. It's then dipped in blood red white chocolate for added gory detail that is both creepy and delicious.
This is the second attempt at making these. The first time I used a sugar cookie recipe. The fingers came out looking like they belonged to a witch who ate too many bad little boys and girls if you know what I mean. They were tasty, but I wanted my witch fingers looking near death and skeletal. I needed a recipe that called for no leavening agents...shortbread cookies were perfect. I can't say that I've ever tasted real witch's fingers, but I'm fairly certain they would not taste as good as these.
Shortbread Witch Finger Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
A few drops of green food coloring
Whole almonds for decorating
1 cup of white chocolate chips
A few drops of red food coloring
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla and food coloring. Gradually add flour; mix well.
With lightly floured hands, shape a couple tablespoons of dough into 3-in. long "fingers".
Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Press a whole almond onto the tips of the cookie. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Blood Red White chocolate
Microwave white cholate chips until melted. Add food coloring. Dip cooled cookies into chocolate.
Someone needs a manicure.