Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spooky Witch Fingers

This is a fun recipe from Allrecipes.

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla extract
2 2/3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
whole almonds
red decorating gel
Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract in a bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer, gradually adding the flour, baking powder, and salt. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of dough at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a thin, finger-shaped cookie. Press 1 almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Shape the knuckles and cut wrinkle lines in each finger. Bake for 15-18 minutes in a 325° oven. After baking, remove each almond, squeeze a small amount of red gel into the cavity, and replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the almond.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Candy Corn Cookies from Betty Crocker

1 pouch (1 lb. 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/3 c. butter, melted
1 egg
orange food coloring
yellow food coloring
Line 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with foil, extending paper over sides of pan. In a medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. divide dough into thirds. Color 1/3 orange and 1/3 yellow by kneading the color in until well mixed. Press yellow dough evenly into loaf pan. Press orange dough into loaf shape on waxed paper and transfer to pan on top of yellow dough. Press together gently. Press uncolored dough into loaf shape on waxed paper and transfer to pan on top of orange dough. Press together gently. Refrigerate dough for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until firm. Lift foil and remove dough from pan. Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. Cut each slice into 5 or 6 triangles. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until cookies are set and edges very light golden brown. Cool completely.