Friday, 1 October 2010

A month of Halloween! Day 1

I'll try to post everyday in October for a month of Halloween fun!

Let's start with a joke:

Q: Why was the skeleton afraid to cross the road?

It had no guts…

How about some scary recipe?

I've been doing that recipe for the past 2 years (except for the green food coloring). I do it in advance & freeze!

Frightful finger cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices
1 tube green food coloring
1 tube red decorating gel (or use some red jam!)
1. Set the oven at 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg, and almond and vanilla extracts.
3. With the mixer set on low speed, beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to the dough until it is a deep green color.
4. Divide the dough into four equal parts, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Using one part of the dough, break off one heaping teaspoon and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze it around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, with a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with the remaining dough.
6. Set the fingers on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm.
7. Let the cookies sit until cool. Squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond slice on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.


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