Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies

Here’s a spooky treat that is hidden with fiber: Whole Wheat Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies.

Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies by FamilySpice.com

I am totally enjoying the amazing amount of creativity that out there on the world wide web. So many fabulous home-grown cooks and bakers are showing off their talents and blowing me away. It used to be that you had to wait for your Martha Stewart or Family Fun magazine for holiday inspiration. Or the morning shows would bring a guest. But, hello??? Internet here? Blogging mania??? Ideas galore. LOVE IT!

You can take a good idea, found in a book, magazine, television show, ANYWHERE and broadcast it to the millions who never saw it. Last years ideas? Ideas from ten years ago? Boom! Reinvented and passed along. It’s like the cookie exchange party you have with your friends every year for the holidays, but you have THOUSANDS and MILLIONS of friends to share your favorite recipes with.

Kinda scary, if you really think about it…

That being said, these Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies aren’t anything you haven’t seen before. I did some digging and found them on several blogging sites. I traced it back to an edition Epicurious published in 2002, which featured a recipe from Clare Crespo’s book, The Secret Life of Food.

Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies by FamilySpice.com

See: an “old” idea getting a new lease on life.

I did my tweaks to the recipe, used half whole-wheat flour and half AP flour, my usual tweak. This gave my fingers a bit of a tan! I also used strawberry jam to “glue” the almond nails onto the fingers. When it dries, it looks like dirty cuticles. LOVE IT!

Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies by FamilySpice.com

A little white chocolate and bit of red coloring and I had blood on the other end.

My kids got a HUGE kick out of these when they came home from school last week! My Princess kept asking to eat one of my fingers. I suppose that means I need to lotion up my hands more. They are looking a bit on the dry and wrinkly side….

Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies by FamilySpice.com

Whole-Wheat Witch Finger Cookies

A great treat for any Halloween party! Recipe adapted from The Secret Life of Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond slices
  • 2 TBS strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 8 drops of red bean

Directions:

  1. Using a stand mixer, whisk until creamed (light yellow in color):
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted , softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. Add to the butter mixture and whisk in:
    • 1 egg, large
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp almond extract
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together:
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  5. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  7. With your hands, roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a finger shape for each cookie.
  8. Shape and thicken the middle of the cookie to form a knuckle.
  9. Keep dough fingers a little on the thin side as the cookie will puff and grow while baking.
  10. If dough gets sticky and hard to work with, place back in the refrigerator for a little while.
  11. Place fingers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  12. Slightly flatten the front of the finger to create a nail.
  13. Break off the other end of the finger.
  14. Using a small butter knife, make knuckle marks and wrinkles on each finger.
  15. Bake 20-25 minutes, until fingers are slightly golden.
  16. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes.
  17. Place cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  18. When cookies have completely cooled you can add the "nails" using:
    • 1/2 cup almond slices
    • 2 TBS strawberry jam
  19. Using a small butter knife, spread on the flattened side of each finger cookie a thin layer of strawberry jam.
  20. Press onto the jam 1 sliced almond.
  21. Wipe off any excess jam.
  22. Return cookie to the cooling rack to dry.
  23. For the bloody end of the finger (optional), place in a small microwave-safe bowl:
    • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  24. Place in microwave and heat on high for 20 seconds.
  25. Stir chocolate and cook again on high for 20 more seconds.
  26. Continue doing this until the chocolate starts to soften, then stir in:
    • 8 drops of red bean
  27. Stir and repeat steps 25 & 26 until chocolate is melted and color is desired redness.
  28. Dip broken end of finger into the melted chocolate.
  29. Use a fork or toothpick to drizzle more of the melted chocolate onto the finger cookies to resemble blood drippings.
  30. Return cookie back to cooling rack to completely dry and for the chocolate to harden, about 20 minutes.
  31. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Prep Time:

Yield: 24 cookies

Cook Time:

Total Time:

Whole-Wheat Witch Finger Cookies Detail

And Happy Halloween!

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6 Responses to Whole Wheat Witch Finger Cookies

  1. oh my goodness how perfect for Halloween!

  2. Susi at #

    LOVE those witch fingers! They are incredibly realistic looking. My kids would have had a blast coming home to those as well :o)

  3. Yesim at #

    awww… it looks really realistic and it s a bit scary:)

  4. Ewwww, they look so real and creepy. And the nails look like you just chopped them off an evil witch. LOVE it!

  5. Amazing job on these cookies.

  6. Wow these cookies are so creepy looking:) You did such a fantastic job!

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