Halloween is my favorite holiday. Happy Husband and I began dating right around Halloween 2003. We have been to countless scary-thrill-tastic movies and Haunted House ranging from campy-kitschy fun to screaming-laughter inducing terror. To us, this is a season of love. I love to make Halloween themed edibles. Above are my almond flavored Witches' Fingers a creepy and delicious treat.
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder (make sure this isn't old - otherwise they don't turn out)
1 tsp. salt
Raw Almonds for finger nails
Green Food Coloring
Mix all (except almonds) ingredients together until coloring is fully incorporated (I use my hands since I like the color to be thoroughly kneaded in). Form into dough ball and refrigerate approximately 30 minutes (or one Twilight Zone episode, he he he).
Preheat oven to 325 F. Remove 1/2 dough ball. Pick out small chunks (my guess is a heaping Tablespoon worth), roll into small ball then into a log form, gently squeezing in a section in the rear and a section just above the middle of the log. Slightly flatten this lumpy log, then using a chilled knife press three lines into the knuckle-area, then press almond-nail into tip of dough.
Repeat with remainder of dough. Keep formed fingers in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Voila! You have a cauldron worth of severed fingers. Everyone you know will be envious.
Listening to: "The Ghost Inside" by Broken Bells, "High Road" by Broken Bells