Halloween Lady ‘Finger’ Cookies Recipe

Treat yourself this Halloween with a festive Halloween Lady ‘Finger’ Cookies Recipe.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup blanched almond slices (about 36 pieces)

Red liquid or paste coloring

½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temp.

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ almond extract (optional)

½ tsp salt

1 1/3 cup flour (all-purpose)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a baking sheet.

Place the almonds in a disposable plastic container, add 8-10 drops liquid
food coloring or a dab of paste, cover tightly, and shake vigorously.

Set
 almonds on sheet of wax paper to dry.

Cream the butter with confectioners’ sugar and granulated sugar in a large 
bowl until fluffy.

Beat in the egg, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Blend in 
the flour. Divide the dough in half, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and chill
 for 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Divide the dough halves into 18 lumps.

Working 
quickly, roll each one between your palms to form a finger about 4 inches 
long.

Lay it on a baking sheet and squeeze the edges lightly to dent the sides 
into more of a defined finger shape.

Use the blade of a knife to lightly score
 knuckles. Press a red almond nail, pointed tip out, at the top of each finger.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm but not at all browned. (The best
doneness test is when you smell the cookie in the air, remove the baking 
sheet from the oven)

Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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