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Scary severed finger cookies for Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2018

These scary severed finger cookies really are very simple and yet very effective.  Almonds make amazing nails and a little bit of red food colouring looks just like blood for a really horrific Halloween effect

its that time of year when things start to get spooky and I wheel out my annual scary severed finger biscuits just for Halloween! I love these cookies, they are so simple and yet so horrifyingly realistic. It’s so funny to see peoples reactions and often people find it hard to actually take a bite. Be assured that they actually do taste good so do give them a try. They are perfect for making with the kids and even better for freaking out little trick or treaters!

  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g  caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour
  • zest of an orange
  • Some extra flour
  • Whole almonds without skins
  • Red food colouring
  • Fine paint brush
  • Mix together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
  • Add the egg, vanilla and orange
  • Mix in the flour until a dough form
  • wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 mins
  • Form the dough into finger shapes and place on a baking tray.  If the dough quite wet, you may need to use extra flour to get the fingers into shape
  • Press a whole almond into the top of the finger where the nail should be and use a knife to criss  cross knuckle pattern
  • Bake in the oven at 200C for around 20 minutes (they should be golden)
  • If any of the almonds are coming away, secure them with some edible glue or if you are stuck, mix some icing sugar and water together and use that to attach and allow to dry
  • Using a very fine brush, brush red food colouring onto the end of the fingers and around the nail bed
  • Now all you have to do is scare your friends with these gruesome biscuits!

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