Witches' fingers

Recipe by:

Michelle Darmody

Get the kids creative in the kitchen this Halloween with these simple almond treats, perfect for impressing party guests

Witches' fingers

SERVES

20

PEOPLE

PREP TIME

45

MINUTES

COOKING TIME

15

MINUTES

CUISINE

COURSE

Baking

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with parchment.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale in colour. Slowly add in the flour until it is all combined and a smooth dough is formed. Wrap the dough in parchment or clingfilm and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.

  3. Remove the dough from the fridge and shape it into finger shapes, I usually get about twenty out of it. Put a small spoon of jam at the top of each figure and press an almond into it. This should look like a bloodied nail.

  4. It is helpful to place the tray of biscuits back into the fridge for about half an hour to firm the fingers up before they go into the oven.

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes and allow to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, chilled and cubed

  • 50g golden caster sugar

  • 180g plain flour, sieved

  • 1 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam

  • 20 whole almonds

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Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with parchment.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale in colour. Slowly add in the flour until it is all combined and a smooth dough is formed. Wrap the dough in parchment or clingfilm and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.

  3. Remove the dough from the fridge and shape it into finger shapes, I usually get about twenty out of it. Put a small spoon of jam at the top of each figure and press an almond into it. This should look like a bloodied nail.

  4. It is helpful to place the tray of biscuits back into the fridge for about half an hour to firm the fingers up before they go into the oven.

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes and allow to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack.