If you are into scary sweets for Halloween, you're in luck: These "finger foods" will satisfy your love of gore quite nicely. The cookies are made by rolling pieces of dough into ropes and then cutting into finger-size lengths, and a toothpick is used to make the joint markings before one end of the dough is pressed for the nail, which is fashioned out of an almond attached by a bit of jam "glue." For the spiderweb cookies, you simply pipe melted chocolate in lines radiating out from the center and then the circlular threads that connect them.
- 400 grams all-purpose flour
- 50 grams vanilla sugar
- 80 grams powdered sugar
- 1/2 vanilla pods (seeds only)
- 250 grams unsalted butter
- 1 eggs
- blackberry jam
- sliced almonds
- milk chocolate
- In a blender, combine the sugars, and grind to a powder.
- Add the butter, egg, vanilla, flour, and a pinch salt. Blend to a sandy texture.
- Remove, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 360°F.
- Roll the dough into a log, not too thick, and cut into 4 centimeter long pieces.
- Using a toothpick, make two stripes on each to look like a knuckle. Using the tip of your finger or the handle of a spoon, press on the ends of each to form a fingernail. Put a little bit of blackberry jam and the almond on top of the nail indent.
- Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 15 minutes. Carefully remove and cool on a cooling rack.
- Once cooled, use a brush to brush cocoa powder around the area around the "nails".
- Place the dough on a working surface and cover with plastic wrap. Gently roll out the hand and cut with a round cutter.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Once cooled, melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir to melt the chocolate. If necessary, place in the microwave for 30 more seconds.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a pastry bag and draw a spider web on each finger.