These bloody fingers have become a tradition in our home for Halloween. I saw the idea in a magazine a couple of years ago and decided to make them with Henry when he was first interested in helping in the kitchen. We love this shortbread recipe for our Christmas cookies, so I decided to use our own recipe instead of the one from the magazine. I had two little monsters help me this year.
For this recipe you will need:
1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks) room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
To decorate the cookies you will need:
Red icing or gel
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the flour in small amounts. Add the milk and vanilla last. Mix well. The dough may be a little crumbly at first. Be patient! The dough should look like this when you are finished.
Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead about 1 minute.
Pinch off about a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Shape the balls into "fingers." To make an indentation for each fingernail, use the flat end of a table knife. Using the same knife, make slashes on the finger for knuckles.
The boys were very excited to use their own knives for this! Oh, and sorry about the blurry pictures and wonky colors. One doesn't have time to play with the settings on your camera when one is baking with impatient boys!
Here are the boys' fingers.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 13-15 minutes, watching closely. The cookies should almost be white when ready to remove from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
To make the fingers appear "bloody" add some red icing to the end of each nail bed. Press a sliced almond over the icing for a fingernail.
Creepy and delicious!
Oh, and a happy Reformation to all my Lutheran friends out there! ;)