Turn a quick cookie recipe into something really 'spooky' and unique for Halloween.
- 80g unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup white caster sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla bean paste or essences
- 1 large, free-range egg
- Few drops green food colouring
- 1 ½ cups plain flour (I used spelt)
- Pinch salt
For the decorations:
- 20 blanched almonds
- 10g red food colouring tube
Pop the butter and sugar in to a mixer bowl and cream until it starts to become pale. Then add the vanilla and egg and continue mixing until combined. Now add in your green food colouring. Start with just a few drops so you don't overdo it.
Now sift together the flour and salt mixture in to the butter and stir to combine. Check the colouring, you may want to add another drop or two and re-stir so it's well combined. Wrap the dough in cling film and allow to rest in the fridge for half an hour.
Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Now, use a teaspoon and roll the mixture in to very thin fingers between your or on a counter top. You're aiming for them to be thinner than your finger, as they will spread in the oven. Then place the cookie on the tray and push one of the almonds in to the top, so that it resembles a witch's finger nail. Then press in a section where the knuckles would be and use a toothpick or knife to create 'wrinkles' in her finger. Repeat until all the fingers are done. Pop the tray into the oven to cook for 10 minutes or until the cookies are just slightly brown.
Allow to cool completely on a wire track and pop a little of the red food colouring around the nail. Serve on a tray or store in an airtight container for a few days on the bench.