Spooky Witch Finger Cookies


Are you looking for a fun baking project with your kiddos? These creepy looking witch finger cookies are fun for a ghoulish Halloween party. My cousin, Brenda recently made these for our Day of the Dead sugar skull decorating party and the kids gobbled them up with lots of giggles in-between.


This recipe is a basic sugar cookie dough, but very tasty. The funny part is the sliced almonds as finger nails. Don’t worry about selecting perfect almonds, because the uglier the nails, the creepier.

With a pairing knife create lines to emulate the knuckles and after the cookies are baked dust them with a little cocoa-powder (with a paint brush) to make the hands look dirty and give them contrast.

All lined up, or piled into a jar, they look absolutely creepy! My mom made these last year served with carrot cupcakes at a Halloween party with her friends and they were the hit of the party.


You can find the original recipe here with lots of great tips. I recommend you read the FAQ before you begin.

Spooky Witch Finger Cookies

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter/margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups flour depends on humidity + 1/3 cup for dusting


  • Cream butter and sugar (whip until fluffy). Add egg, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix slightly.
  • Add in baking powder and flour; mix until the dough is not-tacky to the touch (should not stick to your fingers, but should be sticky).
  • Place dough in fridge for 1 hour. Take out a small ball (1/3 of the dough), and roll it out on a lightly dusted surface.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Simply roll out some sugar-cookie dough into a thin line (make your fingers thin because they will spread), apply an almond shard and score the knuckles.
  • Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer to chill for 3 minutes.
  • Bake cookies for 7 to 12 minutes. Cook until the edges are just brown.
  • Brush with a little cocoa-powder after baking (with a paint brush) to make the hands look dirty and give them contrast.
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