Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spooky Witch's Fingers

These are a favorite family tradition at our house! I have 4 kids and they think these are SO cool.  I think they look pretty neat myself! The first time I made them, boy #3 was 3 years old. When I showed him the picture of what we were making that day, he got the funniest look on his face. Seriously creeped out! Haha. And my favorite part about these is they have a disgusting secret! When you bite into them, there is a BONE inside!!!! (insert evil laugh here) These are quick and easy and all the kids can help.

Here is what you need:
Your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe (I have included one in case you need it)
Green food coloring
Straight pretzels
Slivered almonds

1 tube of chocolate icing

Peanut Butter Cookies (from my trusty Pillsbury Cookbook)
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1/2 c peanut butter
2 T milk
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
Regular directions for cookies:
Heat oven to 375F. In large bowl, cream sugars, and butter. Blend in peanut butter, milk, vanilla, and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets; flatten balls in crisscross pattern with fork dipped in sugar (I just roll mine in sugar first then flatten with fork). Bake at 375F for 10-12 min or til golden brown. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

To make witch's fingers:
Make dough as directed above, but add a little bit of green food coloring to make them look like real witch fingers!  Roll dough into finger-sized logs, inserting a pretzel in the middle of each finger. Then shape them to look like old witch fingers with gnarly knuckles. Take a knife and make little lines to look like knuckle lines. (look at my photo and you'll get it.) Then make an indentation at the top for the nail bed. (You will add a slivered almond after it's baked to look like the fingernail.) Bake. Check your first batch at 8 minutes to see if you need to adjust time, depending on how big you make your fingers. After they cool a bit, put a little chocolate icing on each nail bed. Press an almond on to look like a fingernail. Let some of the icing squish out a bit so the nails look good and dirty. What witch do you know with lovely clean nails??!!  (again, add the evil laugh)

Arrange these on a plate or wrapped in tissue paper in a take out box. They look amazingly real! We love taking these around to friends and seeing their reactions. I also like asking them later if the kids ate them or not. It's funny to find out who was freaked out and who ate them with gusto!!

Happy haunting. Hope this adds to your Halloween fun!

Check out some of my other recipes: meatball subs, cheeseburger chowder and bread, nutella icebox cake