This sure gives new meaning to the words "Finger Food". They look so gross, that I can't actually even imagine eating one. I saved some to take to the high school I work at tomorrow and I'm quite sure that high schoolers will have absolutely no problem devouring these, as gross as they are!
My youngest daughter was visiting today. She wanted to make some Halloween goodies to take to her friends. It was quite nice to have someone else be able to drive to the store and get all the stuff to bake. So while she ran to the grocery store, I started baking cupcakes (which will be in one of the next couple of posts). We had so much fun making these and it was quite hilarious to listen to us making them. As we were putting the "nails" on the fingers, we were both laughing and saying "that's so disgusting"! But we made it through and I do believe she even ate a couple ;)
2 egg whites
red food gel in the squeeze tube
Make the cookie dough according to the package directions. Be sure to use the directions for "cut out" cookies, not the rolled cookie directions.
When the dough is done, begin to roll the fingers. Take a small amount of dough and roll it between your palms. (kind of like when you were a kid and would make play dough worms). Try not to make them too long and make them A LOT skinnier than you want them to be in the end, because they do "puff" while baking.
After you have the finger, place it on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Pinch the portion just above where the knuckle would be and just below it. Take a knife and make little lines into the knuckle portion of the finger. You don't have to go way deep, but it definitely needs to be cut!
After you have cut all the knuckles, use a pastry brush and brush egg white onto each cookie. This helps the browning process.
Next, place an almond piece into the tip of the finger to form the fingernail. Push it into the dough slightly.
Mix the cinnamon and cocoa together. No particular amounts, but definitely heavier on the cinnamon than the cocoa. (Here is where the orignal recipe said to go ahead and bake the cookie and put the cinnamon on after they are baked). I mixed the cinnamon/cocoa mixture and lightly dusted it onto each knuckle and fingernail edge before I baked them. I think next time, I will wait until after to put the cinnamon/cocoa on them.
So decide if you will dust the fingers before or after they are baked and do so accordingly. Let cool. If you want to put blood on the fingernails, just squeeze a tiny amount of red gel around the fingernail area.
Bake according to package directions. Check them frequently so they don't burn or turn too brown.