Give your Halloween party a dash of style
These cookies look super life-like and can be made more spooky if you paint some red food colouring around the base of each finger after baking. You could also put candy rings on the fingers and paint the fingernails in assorted (edible) colours. Makes about 24
125g butter, soft
25g caster sugar
100g icing sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
275g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
20 whole almonds, halved (this allows for breakages)
You will need a baking sheet, lined with nonstick baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas 4. Put the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl and cream until pale and light Ÿ 3-4 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix again until smooth.
Break off small balls of dough and roll between your hands to make sausage shapes. Roll them no thicker than your own fingers. A good way to get a realistic finger effect is to splay your fingers when you roll your hand over the sausage of dough Ÿ you should get a bumpy outline to represent knuckles. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet.