Be@Home Halloween Contest: Week 2 Top Pick
This week’s top pick for our Be@Home for Halloween contest hails from the Las Vegas Food Adventures blog! Take a look after the cut for this finger-licking Witchy Fingers recipe! For those feeling a competitive streak who think they can take Halloween even further, our contest is still open to entries so send ‘em in to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Witches Fingers (diti di strega)
Kick off the holiday baking season with a popular Italian Halloween cookie. These are seriously delicious cookies, in spite of looking like severed witches fingers. The dough is a versatile cookie recipe-I use the same dough for thumbprint cookies for Christmas filling the centers with chocolate ganache or jam.
3 cups blanched almonds, divided
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups flour
Red food coloring or red cake decorating gel
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
Reserve 60 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, extract and salt in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)
Roll dough into 60 three inch fingers, using 1 Tbsp. dough for each. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. With a cotton swab dab a thin layer of red coloring on the tip of each finger. Press 1 of the reserved nuts into red dough in 1 end of each finger for the fingernail. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.
Bake 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
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