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Have you ever had one of those thoughts that seemed like a good idea at the time then suddenly you find yourself wrist-deep in cookie dough and the cat is trying to eat the styrofoam gravestones and somehow you spent a small fortune on things like faux cobwebs and glow-in-the-dark skeletons?

This weekend our house will be invaded by a handful of twelve year old girls hopped on on handfuls of sugar. Sugar that I will be providing in abundance. Sugar that I will be encouraging the consumption of. Sugar laid out in pretty packaging on pretty platters and in pretty bowls.

Let's not forget this was all my idea. I claim full responsibility for any resulting cavities, scraped knees, overturned soda bottles, pumpkin carving injuries and popped eardrums.

I'm the sort of person that has the tendency to get a little carried away. Being creatively inclined I am all too familiar with the frustrating feeling that comes from imagination not matching up with reality. I have to remember I have a big imagination. This time I wanted to get it right. This time I wanted to throw an awesome party for Sable. This time I wanted her friends to talk about it for years to come.

So yeah, we pulled out all the stops. Fog machine, strobe light, spooky sounds CD, bubbling cauldron, dessert table, pumpkin carving, talking crows, ghost stories... The works!

And, of course, I couldn't forget the classic Witch Finger Cookies. I'm sure you've seen them before. It's nothing new, but I make them every year and I thought it was time to share them with you. Mine are a bit different. A little less blood and gore and more delicious almond flavour.

Just a little something to make the perfect Halloween party even better!

Almond Witch Finger Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Source: Adapted from my family recipe.

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp corn syrup
2 tsp almond extract
3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

Blanched almonds for garnish

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper then set them aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add the egg, corn syrup and almond extract then beat it until it's combined well.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour and salt then add it to the butter mixture and mix it well.

Scoop a heaping tbsp of dough for each cookie and roll them into cylinders. Create knuckle shapes by rolling the cylinder lightly between two fingers then use a knife to make wrinkles on the knuckles. Taper one end slightly and lightly press an almond into it to form the fingernail.

Bake them for 10 minutes until the edges turn a light brown. Transfer them to a cooling rack and enjoy!

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  1. What a fantastic idea! The fingers look so real as well! wow!

  2. What cool fingers, Lindsey! I’ve never made witch finger cookies before. I bet the almond tastes wonderful in these. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe :-) Have lots of fun!

  3. Ahh, these cookies never fail to amaze me – they seriously look real!!!

  4. I just love these!! A friend and I made them last year but they didn’t keep their shape quite as nicely as yours – these look perfect! And wonderful photographs :-) Have fun this weekend!

  5. this are rwaly nice and i want to trie it, but your recipe is in cup, and i use gramm and i was searching bit it gives me so many diferentes values for 1 cup. Could you please give me de values por this recipe ins gramms? please? thank you

  6. These are so cute! What a fabulous idea for Halloween!

  7. These are so gross and awesome! Cute gross. Not gross gross. You know.

  8. Your fingers are perfect! I have seen molds for these, that is about the only way mine would look half way decent. Sounds like a party your daughter will remember forever!

  9. Most awesome witch fingers I’ve seen….they look too real. And I like the knobbly look you gave them :)

  10. Those fingers looks so delicious!
    I would like to making a batch of my own, but wondering could I use maple syrup instead of corn syrup?
    Or is there any substitution?
    Thanks! :)

  11. A group of 12 yr old girls? You are brave! ;) and these cookies look scary beautiful.

  12. creative and cute too!

  13. I love your witch finger cookies!!!! Those fingers look too real!!! Very creative.

  14. Like promisse here are de photos
    the recipe i have change, i don’t like almons ;-) happy halloween

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