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…
I may or may have accidentally broken a few…then I had to eat all the broken ones since they were no good. These things are DELICIOUS.
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!
These spooky Halloween treats are perfect to make with kids too!