Halloween witch finger cookies and red velvet hot chocolate – a spooktacularly gruesome but delicious Halloween treat!
Halloween is getting close now and if you are having a party then it is time to start thinking about what gruesome goodies you are going to serve! These witch finger cookies are easy to make, fun to decorate and very spooky; especially if you serve them with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ for dipping them in!
The cookies don’t just look good – they taste great too! They are made from buttery shortbread with a hint of almond; the fingernails are made with halved blanched almonds; and a little red gel food colouring ‘blood’ and cinnamon ‘dirt’ complete the effect.
The cookies are very easy to make, but it does take a while to shape them all and they need to be frozen before they are baked so that they don’t spread too much in the oven. You could make the dough and shape them in advance and then keep them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them. Once the cookies are baked and decorated they will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days so you don’t need to leave it until the last minute to make them.
The red velvet hot chocolate is very quick and easy to make; it has a mild, not too sweet chocolate flavour and a hint of tanginess from the cream cheese – just like classic red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The recipe I have given makes a thick hot chocolate which is perfect for dipping your witches fingers in! If you prefer your hot chocolate to be thinner then you can just omit the cornstarch. I’ve given the quantities to make one mug of hot chocolate so you will need to multiply the recipe by the number of people you are serving.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Halloween Witch Finger Cookies:
(Makes about 4 dozen cookies)
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup blanched almonds, halved
- ground cinnamon
- red gel food colouring
- a little melted chocolate if needed