Scary Halloween Cookies

Today morning I baked Halloween cookies for the children from our neighborhood – I made “Scary Fingers” for their trick or treat demand.


“Scary Fingers” are  biscuits out of shortcrust pastry. The details like the shape, the “blood” and fingernails out of almonds make it the perfect biscuits for Halloween.

Here I have the recipe for you – SCARY FINGERS

for appr. 25 fingers you need:

  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 g flour
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • whole peeled almonds
  • icing sugar and red food colouring

Mix butter, sugar and salt. Add the egg yolks, lemon zest and last the flour and knead all into a dough. Let the dough stand in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Make a roll and cut pieces (appr. plum-sized). shape every piece into a finger like roll – if you roll it between your middle- and index fingers you get the perfect shape.

shaped dough pieces

shaped dough pieces

Use a teaspoon to add always three notches at the knuckles.

Form the nail bed with the spoon handle. You can now use a bit of red food colouring to colour the nail bed.  Finally add a whole almond as the fingernail.

Now lay the

fingers on baking paper on a baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180°C – the colour should be golden and the almonds are tan or light brown when it is ready.

Decorate the fingers to make them really scary… use red sugar icing to add a bit blood to the nailbeds and to the fingerbases. It gives a really good effect if you brake a piece from the finger base to make it look demolished before you dip it in the red icing.

Bon appétit!




  1. Those cookies are perfection! I may have to share the idea with my daughter (although she doesn’t bake much). She and her family live for Halloween. The only problem is that here in the States children are generally discouraged from accepting homemade treats unless they know the maker well. But her family would enjoy them!

    1. All children knocking on our door were knowing us… and I had some sweets too. The children could decide if they want a biscuit or not. And my teenage daughter loved it too and took some for her friends.

  2. These look revolting – in the best possible way.
    When we first moved to France from the U.K., my two daughters wanted to go door to door but I had to go round and warn the neighbours first as they are all quite old and hadn’t really heard of the tradition. A few years later my eldest daughter went to a Halloween Night Party at a local bar and she and her friends were the only ones in costume. In the street they were shouted at and asked if they thought they were Americans!! However, they are catching up as yesterday, in the supermarket, the lady on the fish counter had Halloween make up on, although frankly she didn’t look that happy about it.

    1. We never celebrated it when my children were small… but a lot of the children from the neighborhood have costumes and come knocking for trick or treat… I like children and so joining the game.

  3. These are magnificent! So scary and ghoulish! I bet the neighbourhood children loved them! Such a clever idea to use the almond for a fingernail…

    1. I’ve seen Halloween paraphernalia in Germany and in Italy in October, but did not realize that kids also go door-to-door. What do you think of this American tradition?

      1. I don’t really like it (as I don’t like carnival). Here in Germany it has no tradition… it is forced by sellers and a pure commercial event. But my own children are grown up and I love to make some surprise for the children from my neighborhood. … because they go from door to door. Today morning we talked about here because we don’t know when it started here … in the late 90th or later? And we have really no idea why we suddenly have Halloween here too. I don’t know it from my childhood.

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