Zombie Finger Cookies

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It’s the countdown to Halloween, and creepy things are brewing in my kitchen.  What’s on the menu?  Severed  zombie finger cookies!  Disturbingly macabre yet you’d be surprise on how horribly delicious these are.  

**No zombies were harmed in making this blog post :) **

Zombie Finger Cookies

Now, while it looks daunting making these creepy pointers, these Halloween cookies are actually quite easy to make.  It would be a cool Halloween project to do with the kids and these will be a big hit in a Halloween party!  Your guests will be dying to eat this “finger food":)

Made out of shortbread cookie recipe, it is simply formed into a tapered finger; a sliced almond is added on one end for fingernail.   I find that chilling the formed zombie fingers before baking prevents the dough from spreading too much.  The first batch of fingers I baked weren’t chilled and the fingers lost a bit of its form and details. 

Strawberry or any other red colored jam can be used in place of the red candy melts to attach the almond slices.  And whole almonds can also be used in place of the thinner almond slices. 

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How to Make Zombie Finger Cookies

You will need:

1 Recipe Shortbread Cookie Recipe (below)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
red candy melts (or any red colored jam)
cocoa powder
small spatula or knife

You will need to make 1 recipe of the shortbread cookie.  If the dough has been chilling in the fridge for some time, it will be hard like butter.  Leave it out at room temperature until it is soft enough to handle, about 1 hour.  

Take a bit of the dough, when rolled it’s about 1”.  I like to use a small ice cream scoop to make uniform sizes.  I don’t fill the scoop though, I find that a full scoop makes big fingers.  Not that anything’s wrong with that.  I think I modeled these fingers after mine :)

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Roll the dough into a tapered log about 3½-4" long.

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Shape the log into fingers by pinching in two places to form the knuckles.

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Press the top of the tapered end with your index finger.

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Place a sliced almond and press down a bit.

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Tear off a small piece of the other end so that this part doesn't look too perfect. 

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Score the knuckles with a knife. Add small cuts in other surface of the finger.

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Also score the bottom part to make it more realistic.

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Place in a tray and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

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Bake in 325F for about 20-25 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes after baking.

Melt the red candy melts and place in a piping bag.

Take off the sliced almond (it will take off easily) and pipe the melted candy melt.

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Place the almond right away and gently press down into place.

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Brush some cocoa powder on the finger cookies.  Brush more on the knuckles and around the nail. 

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Place some red candy melts in a bowl.  Dip the severed part of the zombie finger into the bowl.  

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Take a small spatula or knife and spread the candy melts roughly around.

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Here they are in their full gory.  

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2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract


Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.

In another large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. 

Mix in the egg, vanilla and almond extract until well incorporated.

Add in the flour mixture in three batches, mixing between each batch.  If using a stand mixer, dough should come together. 

Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Yield: 4 dozen 3-1/2" finger cookies

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Let's keep our fingers crossed that all will be well this Halloween ;)

Ghoulishly yours,

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