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Spooky Witch Finger Cookies Recipe

Spooky Witch Fingers are a shortbread cookie with a hint of almond flavoring. They are so easy to make and a great way to involve your kids in the kitchen.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween cookies, halloween treat, shortbread cookies, Witch Finger Cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 131kcal


  • 1 cup butter (Softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoons almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 drops green food coloring (more or less if needed)
  • 36 whole almonds (blanched)
  • 1 (.67 ounce) tube red gel
  • 1 cup strawberry jam (optional)


  • In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  • Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined well.
  • Add in green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • Leave dough in the mixing bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from fridge and roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.
  • Then roll each ball into a finger shape about 4-5 inches long. Press an almond into the end of each finger. Using a toothpick make indentations to resemble creases in the fingers where knuckles would be.
  • Place fingers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until set. You don't want to overcook these cookies or they will dry out and break easily.
  • Cool completely before adding the gel. When cooled, remove the almond and place a little red gel at the base of the nail bed and then replace the almond. Press so that the gel shows around the nail.
  • You can also add gel or jam to the end of the finger or you can leave them the way they are.
  • These witch fingers are so delicious dipped in jam.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg