Witch finger cookies

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These are the most disturbing cookies you’ll ever make.

Even Barrak paused a half-beat before grabbing one of these ‘severed’ witch finger cookies.

I like to make gimmicky food at Halloween. In the past, I’ve made mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped with crescent dough, like a mummy) and a cheese ball pumpkin (a cheese ball rolled in crushed nacho Doritos, stem made with the top of a green pepper). These treats are mostly for my own enjoyment — and possibly my father-in-law, who always blows off his own neighborhood to come pass out candy at our house on trick-or-trick night.

This year, I made witch finger cookies — my favorite yet! I saw Giada make them earlier this week on the Food Network. She was getting ready to have a $400,000 kids’ Halloween party at her Malibu pad overlooking the Pacific.

Here’s the recipe I used – a very basic cookie recipe. The only items I had to run out for were sliced almonds for the fingernails and raspberry jam, which gives the cookie a disturbingly realistic severed finger effect.

Yesterday was the perfect day to make them too — a wild and windy and ominous day. While the rain continued outside, Magnus and I whipped these up in our brightly lit kitchen. To further the realistic look, you take a paring knife and cut deep slits on the ‘knuckles.’ The dough is pretty firm, so I felt like I was carving into real flesh. Creepy! Magnus helped me with the final step: dipping the baked fingers in the warmed jam. After devouring one from fingernail to bloody stump, he ran out of the kitchen yelling, “Danks fohr da finguh!”

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Think June Cleaver ever made these?

Think June Cleaver ever made these?

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Having raspberry jam has been a revelation. Breathes new life in PB&Js and morning toast! A new pantry staple.

Having raspberry jam has been a revelation. Breathes new life in PB&Js and morning toast! A new pantry staple.

A macabre activity, yes, but a sweet memory nonetheless...

A macabre activity, yes, but a sweet memory nonetheless…

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