Lindsay Ann Bakes: {VIDEO} Spooky Halloween Severed Finger Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

{VIDEO} Spooky Halloween Severed Finger Sugar Cookies

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Edible sugar cookie fingers, dripping with raspberry jam blood, perfect for Halloween.



These Spooky Severed Finger Sugar Cookies are so much fun to bite into, because they look so realistic and I suffed the cookie dough with pretzel stick bones and raspberry jam blood, for an extra creepy effect!


These are perfect for a Halloween party or to bring to your friends at school or work. They’re so simple to make and everyone really loves these creepy little doughnuts!


Just shape about a 2-3 teaspoons of cut-out cookie dough into a log shape, then flatten the dough, and add some jelly and a pretzel stick in the center. I added a little red food coloring to the jelly to give it that really deep blood red color, and just wrap the dough all around it, making sure it’s nice and sealed, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.


Then, shape the log into a finger by pinching in two places to form the knuckles. Just make sure it is really tall and skinny because they do spread a little in the oven.


And press a blanched almond or a sliced almond on the top end of the finger for the “nail”.


Last, take a knife and create the little lines on each knuckle. And once you have shaped all your fingers, chill them in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to firm up so they hold their shape better while they bake. 


Bake them until they are just lightly golden, and if they spread too much, just push them back into shape after you take them out of the oven, before the cool!


Let cook and lightly brush on some cocoa powder around the nail area and knuckles and let it fall into all the little cracks to make the fingers look dirty.



Then, add some of the jam on the end of the finger and around the nail, and any other cuts on the finger. I just put it in a little sandwich bag with the corner snipped off to make it easier to squeeze on.


Then dip the ends in the jam to give them that severed look, and put them on a little serving platter, or serve them right in the bowl of jam.



 I like to serve these on cutting board with knife, and add a little extra jelly blood to make it look really creepy.



Spooky Severed Finger Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix, prepared according to the cutout cookie directions on the back
  • pretzel sticks
  • seedless raspberry jam (add red food coloring to achieve a deeper “blood red” color if desired)
  • blanched whole almonds* (OR sliced almonds)
  • cocoa powder
*To blanch almonds: Pour boiling water over whole almonds, let sit for 2 minutes, peel off skin.

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (*See note below). Prepare cookie dough according to Cutout Cookie directions. Shape about 2-3 teaspoons of cookie dough into a log shape. Flatten the dough log, placing a pretzel stick and some jelly in the center. Wrap and seal the dough around the pretzel and jelly, and shape into a thin log again.

Shape dough into a finger shape by pinching in two places to form the knuckles. Press an almond on the top end of the finger for the “nail”. Score each knuckle lightly with a knife. Transfer to a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet, and chill in the freezer until firm, at least 15 minutes so the cookies hold their shape better, when baked.

Bake until light golden brown around edges, about 8-11 minutes. If cookies spread after baking, quickly and carefully press them back into shape before they cool.

Once cool, lightly brush on cocoa powder around nail area and knuckles for an aged, dirty look. Add jelly, on the end of finger and on nail area to look like blood.

*Note: If cookies are spreading too much, try baking them at 450'F for about 5-7 minutes and carefully, press them into shape while they are hot, right out of the oven.



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