Last week I posted 10 of my favorite Halloween recipes, which worked out perfectly because I had the opportunity to make some of those treats this past weekend at a little Halloween party Brett and I had. I always feel like you can never have too many sweets, so I decided to make a big platter of witch finger cookies and rice krispy treat spiders! These were so much fun to make and they look great too! I did modify the original recipes a bit after a failed batch of finger cookies that looked more like finger pancakes…so here’s the end result, both of these recipes are Halloween “must-makes”!
We’ll start with the Witch Finger Cookies…I wish I had taken a picture of the failed batch, but trust me when I say they looked awful. I ended up using a great sugar cookie base for the witch finger cookies instead, here it is!
Witch Finger Cookies [recipe]
Makes approx. 40 cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 tsp. green food coloring, plus 1/2 tsp. for almonds
1 tsp. almond extract
1/3 cup whole, raw almonds
In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt-set aside. In a .medium bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, milk, food coloring and almond extract-add to flour mixture. Roll the cookie dough into a large ball and refrigerate for 1 hour, I have no patience so I froze mine for 10 minutes…still turned out great
While your waiting for the dough you can prepare the witches (almond) finger nails! Add almonds to a small bowl along with 1/2 tsp of green food coloring. Stir until the almonds are coated-set aside.
Heat oven to 375.
Once cooled, roll small sections of dough into finger shapes (each cookie is approx. 2 tbsp of dough), lay them onto a non stick or greased cookie sheet. Add one almond to the tip of each cookie for the witches nail. Last, use a butter knife to make tiny indents on the cookie for the knuckles! Bakes for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown on the bottoms. Here’s how my witch finger cookies looked when they hit the oven:
Then 10 minutes later…
Now for the Spider Rice Krispies Recipe! This recipe couldn’t be more simple. It’s your average rice krispy treat recipe with a spooky twist!
Spider Krispies [recipe]
Makes approx. 20 spiders, source
6 cups Cocoa Pebbles
1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz), reserve a small handful for the spider eyes
1/4 cup butter
mini pretzel sticks (for spider arms and legs)
Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add marshmallows and stir continuously. When butter and marshmellows are fully melted and mixed, remove from heat and add Cocoa Pebbles, stir until pebbles are coated. Pour into a non stick or glass baking dish and press down. Allow to cool.
Using a knife, cut the rice krispy sheet into circles. Stick pretzel sticks in them for arms, pieces of the mini marshmallows for eyes. I got about three sets of eyes from each mini marshmallow. Here’s how they turned out!
These things were so much fun to make!