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Frightful Finger Cookies

This recipe appears in Halloween Food, Fun, & Crafts, Vol. 8, No. 26, October 26, 2010. With the exception of the black food coloring, I did not change the recipe.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18


  • Blanched almonds
  • Red or black food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground pecans


  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Tint almonds with food coloring.
  • Beat butter and powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt; beat until well blended. Add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in pecans. (Dough should be stiff.)
  • Shape dough by tablespoonfuls into finger shapes about 3 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter; place on prepared cookie sheets. Lightly score with knife across center and near top to resemble knuckles. Press tinted almond into top of each "finger" for "nail".
  • Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Serving: 2g
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