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Witches Fingers Cookies

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Whip up some gnarly Witches Fingers Cookies for Halloween. Even my nut hater husband enjoyed these spooked up sugar cookies. He removed the almond “nail” and munched away!

Witches Fingers Cookies on a round white ceramic plate

Witches Fingers Cookies

I remember seeing Martha Stewart make witches fingers cookies for Halloween years and years ago. If memory serves me right, I think they may have been colored a pale green!

Knowing they were basically a sugar cookie shaped into digits, I figured my family would happily indulge.  Though, I was expecting the almonds to be sacrificed right into the garbage. Or maybe my mouth, if I could intercept them!

Between these and the Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ll be sharing on Tuesday, we were set with sweet treats for Halloween. I was pleased with the way these turned out!

Witches Fingers Cookies standing upright in a white ramekin

Tips for These Halloween Cookies

  • If the dough gets warm after working with it, pop the bowlful of dough or the baking sheet filled with the rolled fingers into the fridge or freezer chill the dough. This should help prevent spreading when they’re baked.
  • You can make the nails from whole almonds or sliced almonds. I could not find whole blanched almonds (without the brown skin), so I blanched them myself by quickly dipping them into boiling water, then running them under cold water, and slipping off the skin with my fingers.
  • I used red icing gel for the bloody nail beds. If you’d rather use something more natural, try some strawberry or raspberry jelly or jam in your witches finger cookies.


Witches Fingers Cookies fanned out on a rimmed white square plate

Used in This Recipe:

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Plus a few more of my favorite Halloween treats from the blog include my most popular, yet easy Spiderweb Cookie Cake, these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes and this White Chocolate Monster Munch!


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Witches Fingers Cookies | A simple recipe to transform sugar cookie dough into gnarly fingers for Halloween!

Witches Fingers Cookies

Gnarly finger cookies with almond nails are perfect for Halloween!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies, Holiday
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Red gel frosting or red jam or jelly
  • Sliced almonds or blanched whole almonds (one for each cookie, so approximately 60)


Using a hand held mixer, in a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and pat into a disk. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Line baking sheets with parchment.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Scoop out dough and roll into 1-inch diameter balls. Then roll them into 3 inch long “fingers.” Place the fingers on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

When the baking sheet is full, use the dull side of a knife and make 3 parallel marks midway down the finger to represent a knuckle. Pinch in the dough above and below the knuckle to give the finger some shape. Using your index finger, press down a spot at the top of each finger for the nailbed.

Place the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes while preparing the second baking sheet.

Bake chilled fingers for about 15 minutes or until golden.

Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Next, squeeze a little of the red gel frosting on the nailbed and top  with an almond. Let cool completely so almond will adhere.


The chilling times will help  decrease potential spreading of the cookies. If your kitchen is cool, you may not need to do the second chilling.


  • Calories: 688kcal
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 324mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Saturated Fat: 24g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg


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17 comments on “Witches Fingers Cookies”

  1. Haven’t made these witches fingers in years…they are my absolute Halloween treats, Liz.

  2. Now that’s a dunker!!! Have a great Sunday Liz:@)

  3. OMG! They do look very scary but I bet they tasted yummy as well 😀

  4. These are absolutely adorable! Just creepy enough for Halloween, but not too scary to eat.

  5. They had these at a Halloween party I attended last night. Not only were they adorable but they were delicious too.

  6. Liz, these are great! I love the red underneath the almond nails. Perfect for a Halloween treat!

  7. These look so fun! And so tasty.

  8. These cookies are just right for Halloween, creepy and scary.

  9. These look so real! Great job.

  10. Natural or green tinted these are sure to please for Halloween!

  11. Hope you were able to intercept the almond-haters in time, Liz. I imagine there were many eager hands “reaching out” to grab your scrumptious sugar cookies aka witch fingers =)

  12. These are FUN!!!! I don’t do Halloween but I love seeing all of the creative things people come up with.

  13. Fantastic treat for Halloween! Pinning 🙂

  14. OMG, you’re such an artist! xoxo

  15. These are so adorable, Liz! I love the bloody nail beds :). (That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.) Have a great week, my friend!

  16. These are the most realistic cookie fingers I’ve seen.

  17. I love how you turned a classic shortbread into yummy Halloween witch fingers then the blood is awesome!

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