Halloween Finger Cookies

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I’ve been seeing these scary finger cookies all over the Internet and knew I had to bring them into the office. The cookie itself tastes like a cross between a sugar and a butter cookies. Not too sweet, yet not bland either.

Bloody finger cookies

By the second cookie sheet, I realized I needed to make the fingers a little skinnier, otherwise I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. I’ll probably be making these again next year.

Halloween Finger Cookies

Photos of the process here.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon almond extract)
Almond slices
Red decorating gel

Preheat oven to 325° F. Combine dry ingredients. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla, beat in dry ingredients. Cover and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

Working with one-quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoons full of dough into finger shape for each cookie. Press an almond firmly into one end for nail. Squeeze in center to create a knuckle shape and use a paring knife make slashes in several places to form knuckle.

Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for three minutes. If desired, lift up almond and squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so gel oozes out from underneath. (I skipped this part.)

Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.

Yields 3-4 dozen.


  • You can paint the nails by using some red food coloring that’s been diluted with water and brushing it on with a clean artist’s brush. Or, color frosting red and dilute it with water, then dip the bottom of the finger in it.
  • Awesome step by step instructions for creating finger shapes here.

Recipe from Fabulous Foods.


17 Responses to “Halloween Finger Cookies”

    rachel on 1 October 29th, 2007 8:14 am

    That’s really cute!

    Gigi on 2 October 29th, 2007 12:31 pm

    eek! The perfect Halloween cookies!

    Amanda Brown on 3 November 7th, 2007 5:28 pm

    Fun cookies.
    On an outdated note, a friend of mine whipped up your buttercream recipe for some birthday cupcakes a while back and SWEET MERCY it was heavenly!

    Kat on 4 November 8th, 2007 8:43 am

    I made these as well, only using my traditional sugar cookie recipe. I also decided to camp it up a bit, and presented them with a large sugar cookie piano, iced with chocolate and vanilla frosting. There is a picture on blog – http://katskitchentalk.blogspot.com.

    randi on 5 November 12th, 2007 7:23 am

    Love the cookies..I had made some with egg wash tinted green…looked creepy…but love the red frosting idea as well.

    Deborah Dowd on 6 December 26th, 2007 7:33 pm

    I am saving this one for next year’s Halloween get-together! Thaks for a great idea.

    kat on 7 October 30th, 2008 5:37 pm

    mine came out like long narrow pancakes and didn’t look like anything like fingers.

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    Mikaela on 16 October 27th, 2013 9:30 am

    Thanks a lot for the recipe, the cookies taste great! And it’s true that they get a lot bigger in the oven so it’s better to make them quite skinny!

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    @Mikaela – Glad you liked the recipe!