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Sep 27, 2020

Witch Finger Cookies

These witch finger cookies are one of my most favorite Halloween recipes ever! They are both gruesome and delicious at the same time. 


Witch Finger Cookies

I made these witch finger cookies as a treat for my grandsons. Halloween was on their minds, and they were coming over for dinner. Yay!!

The youngest (age 6), who thought nothing of picking up bugs and live lizard tails with his bare hands was a little freaked out by these fingers. He hesitated for several minutes before tasting one. He was particular nervous about the "blood." 

Fortunately, he finally gave one a try, and promptly ate three.


Witch finger cookies with almonds

Making these cookies is super easy and a lot of fun. I attached the almond "fingernails" with egg white, but you could attach them with red jam for an even more "bloody" look.

I added a bit of concentrated green food coloring (think Wicked), but these would probably be just as creepy without it.

P.S. They are quite tasty.

Green witch finger cookies

How to make these witch finger cookies:

First, whisk together the dry ingredients and then cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. 

Next, add the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring. I used just a couple of drops of gel food coloring. When the dough comes together, divide it into 28 equal pieces, and shape each piece into a finger. Use a table knife to make the marks for the knuckles. 

After that, dip the sliced almonds into an egg white, and press each on the end of each finger, and then bake the cookies for about 16 minutes.

Finally, after the cookies have cooled, dip the other end into warmed jelly or jam and let it set. 

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Witch finger cookies with jam

Witch Finger Cookies

Witch Finger Cookies
Yield: 28 cookies
Author: Karen Kerr
These witch finger cookies are one of my most favorite Halloween recipes ever! They are both creepy and delicious at the same time.


  • 9 ounces (2 C) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) room temperature butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 to 2 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 28 almond slices
  • Egg white for attaching almonds
  • 1/4 C raspberry or strawberry jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Using a stand or electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on high speed, until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, and food coloring, and beat until blended.
  5. Slowly add the flour, and beat on medium low until incorporated.
  6. Form the dough into a rectangle, and cut with a dough scraper or knife into 28 equal sized pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a 5 inch cylinder and place on the baking sheet, about one inch apart.
  8. Dip the almond slices into the egg white and press them into the ends of the cylinders.
  9. Taking a table knife, make three horizontal cuts where the knuckles would be. Press the cylinders between your fingers to give the fingers shape.
  10. Bake the cookies for about 16 to 18 minutes, and cool on a wire rack.
  11. Warm the jam in a small saucepan, and dip the ends of the fingers into the jam. Place the cookies back on the parchment for the jam to cool.



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  1. I am smiling picturing your grandsons as they wondered about these cookies. What a fantastic creation! And tasty too? These are winners for sure.

  2. I have always made witch's fingers and these are exceptionally creepy being green, love them!!

    1. I discovered yours after making these. Yours are amazing.

  3. These definitely win for the creepiest cookie in our Halloween event! I'm sure they are delicious with that vanilla bean paste! One of my favoritest ingredients. :)

  4. Your cookies look amazon, what a lot of hard work you have done, I bet they taste great.

  5. I too would have hesitated at his age! They are a bit gruesome looking... Love em!

    1. It was so funny! Even my colleagues were a little wary.

  6. I would probably be with your 6 yo grandson! LOL these are awesome--my girls were very impressed!

  7. Those would have completely freaked me out as a child, Karen, which makes them wonderful and perfect for Halloween. Your grandsons are so brave. This is such a life lesson for all new foods; sometimes we need to trust the cook and try the thing, despite its looks!

    1. Stacy, I think they learned a new meaning of "trust." The younger one was even worried about the older one! It was pretty funny.

  8. 2nd try to comment: Trust you've got happy grandsons on your hands...or should I say fingers? Tee hee! A+ for Halloween cookie creativity! are pretty happy to visit your hous

  9. These would freak me out! I can not stop giggling thinking about your lil grandson looking at these cookies.. Nicely done!

  10. The funny thing is the my husband want me to make your cookies ASAP to take to work next week.
    Thank you for sharing

  11. You got the color just right! These are super creepy.

  12. Hi Karen, my grandsons would love these, so clever!

  13. These cookies are perfect for Halloween! I love that you tinted them green. All I can think of is the Wizard of Oz. I could see my son getting all freaked out by the blood, which happens to be my favorite part of these cookies! Love it!

  14. I think the Angel Face will love making these with me. Thanks Karen. Happy Haunting.

    1. Thank you! I can picture her adding the fingernails and dipping them in jam!

  15. These are so perfect for a Halloween party! Love that "bloody end" you added!

  16. These are so fun, especially with the "blood".

  17. Ewwww! So creepy with the "blood" on the bottoms. So fun for a party!

  18. These are seriously creepy. Makes me wish my October bday daughter was still young enough for a Halloween themed party!

    1. I know what you mean! Just to see the kids' reaction!

  19. Those jam dipped ends are killing me! They look so deliciously evil!


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