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Witch’s Fingers: the easy recipe for scary biscuits shaped like severed fingers

Witch’s Fingers: the easy recipe for scary biscuits shaped like severed fingers


The witch’s fingers they are one of the most original and spectacular Halloween desserts: terrifying shortcrust pastry biscuits shaped in the shape of fingers, complete with almonds instead of nails and strawberry jam to simulate blood, perfect for celebrating the scariest night of the year.

They are so easy and quick to prepare that you can involve even the little ones in their creation: after obtaining a homogeneous dough by mixing flour, eggs, butter, sugar and a pinch of baking powder, all that remains is to shape the fingers and decorate them with the peeled almonds. A few minutes of cooking in the oven and the biscuits will be ready to garnish with jam, for an effect splatter super scary.

Find out now how to prepare witch’s fingers by following the step-by-step procedure and advice: simple but delicious, they are ideal for enriching the buffet on October 31st along with puff pastry pumpkins, witches’ hats and chocolate spiders, but also as gifts to children who go from house to house shouting “trick or treat?”.


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How to prepare witch’s fingers

Start making witch’s fingers from shortcrust pastry. Sift the flour into a bowl, then add the icing sugar, baking powder and cold butter in cubes 1. Also add a pinch of salt and start kneading.

As soon as the mixture begins to take shape, add the egg and proceed to mix first with a spatula 2 and then by hand.

Knead until you have a homogeneous dough 3.

At this point divide the dough into many balls, and make a cylinder the size of a finger from each one 4.

To give the biscuits a realistic appearance, apply light pressure on the two central points of the roll, draw the folds of the knuckles with a knife and place the almond at one of the ends, as if it were a nail 5.

As they are ready, arrange the biscuits on the baking tray 6 and cook in a static oven, already hot, at 180°C for 20 minutes.

When the fingers are golden, take them out of the oven and let them cool slightly. Then gently remove the almonds, spread the strawberry jam in their place and fix them again 7.

Spread a little jam on the opposite end of the biscuits too 8so as to recreate the effect of severed fingers.

The witch’s fingers are ready to enrich your Halloween buffet 9.


You can make the recipe suitable for everyone by making a gluten-free or vegan shortcrust pastry, without butter and eggs. Alternatively, prepare the salty witch’s fingers starting with the savory shortcrust pastry: you can then decorate them with a little tomato paste or ketchup.

If you like, you can replace the strawberry jam with raspberry jam, or use the blackberry jam as nail polish, spreading a thin layer of it on your almond nails: the effect will be even more spectacular.

If there are any leftovers, you can store the witch’s fingers at room temperature, closed in an airtight container or inside a tin box, for 2-3 days.

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