Witches Fingers (diti di strega)

witches fingers

Witches Fingers (diti di strega) 

Kick off the holiday baking season with a popular Italian Halloween cookie. These are seriously delicious cookies, in spite of looking like severed witches fingers. The dough is a versatile cookie recipe-I use the same dough for thumbprint cookies for Christmas filling the centers with chocolate ganache or jam.

 3 cups blanched almonds, divided

4 oz.  cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

3/4 cup  powdered sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

1/4 tsp.  salt

1-1/2 cups flour

red food coloring or red cake decorating gel

Preheat oven to 325ºF.

Reserve 60 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, extract and salt in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)

Roll dough into 60  three inch fingers, using 1 Tbsp. dough for each. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. With a cotton swab dab a thin layer of red coloring on the tip of each finger. Press 1 of the reserved nuts into red dough in 1 end of each finger for the fingernail. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.

Bake 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

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  1. Reblogged this on Las Vegas Food Adventures.

  2. A colleague recommended me to this website.

    Thank you for the details.

  3. these are so fun – never thought fingers could taste so good!

  4. This is the second blog in two days where I’ve seen these delightful cookies. I love them! I can just imagine everybody’s faces when I make them and present them at a dinner. Good job!

  5. Interesting! LOL

  6. Kathy! These are GREAT! We’d love to feature them and your photo on next week’s Dinnervibe if you are keen. You will receive full credit with links to your site. Please let me know at cari@dinnervibe.com

    • Terri
    • October 18th, 2009

    HAHAHAHAA!!!! I’ve never seen these before….

  7. I can’t believe these look so real! Another great way to traumatize the neighbors’ children. Hehehehe…

    Great job!

      • lvegas
      • October 16th, 2009

      There’s one in there that looks like it has arthritis-reminds me of my grandmother’s fingers…lol!

  8. Freaky…They look so real. Great job.

  9. These are totally awesome!

      • lvegas
      • October 15th, 2009

      LOL..thanks. A couple of them could use a manicure, or at least a nail file.

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