The title of this post says it all… I have a love — no, an obsession with zombies, and this weekend my husband and I went to the Zombie Crawl Downtown Denver and it was everything I expected and then some.

With the spirit of Halloween upon us {including the greenish gray skin of everyone around us}, it brought me back to a recipe that I used last year {a variation of several similar ones I found on the web} – Witches Fingers. They’re not as disgusting as one would think… Actually, quite delicious!

Simply use a basic Sugar Cookie recipe:

1 cup of softened butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons of almond extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

3 drops of green food coloring

3/4 cup of whole almonds

1 small tube of red cookie decorating gel

Lightly grease baking sheets {Pam works best for me} and pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond & vanilla extracts and food coloring into a large mixing bowl. Beat mixture and gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Scoop 1 tablespoon at a time, and with greased hands,  roll out dough until it is about 3/4 inch thick and 2 to 3 inches long. Lightly squeeze each cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles, then press a fork or make cuts with a sharp knife to create wrinkles on the “knuckles”. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a grody fingernail. Arrange the cookies on baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
After the cookies have cooled a little, remove the almond from the end of each cookie and squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity {to make it stick and also make it look as though it’s oozing}; replace the almond to make the gel squeeze out of the sides and you have yourself a creepy confection!

{You may have noticed that there are no nutrition facts on this post. There is a reason for this – these aren’t necessarily good for you, however, they are good for your spirit. Indulging occasionally is completely acceptable… especially when you have children to please. Plus, it’s Halloween!!}


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