MMmmm Nothing bets eating Evil Witch Fingers. Willow has some strange off hours, she spends her free time hunting down those evil witches who eat harmless children, well thats her story and she's sticking to it!
Yield 5 dozen (6 if you use an 1/2 tablespoon)
1 cup butter soften (may subsatute for margerin but will effect the dough)
1 cup powder sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cups flower
1 tsp salt
3/4 cups whole almonds Blanched
1 tube red decorator gel (or can use light corn syrup died red with food coloring)
In a bowl beat together butter, sugar egg almond extract, & vanilla. Bet in flour and salt. You can now decide to divide the dough and add food coloring before you chill your dough. Cover and refredgerate for 30 minutes.
While dough is chilling out blanch your almonds. Put your almonds in a bowl pour in about 1 cup of boiling water let soak about 1 minute. Pour out hot water and pour in cold water for about 1 minute. Strain and rub the skins off with a towl. I find its easier to just peel them like an orange after their hot and cold bath.
Useing a tablespoon or mealon baller scoup your dough into 5 dozen balls. Roll each ball into finger shapes add the almond at the tip and make knuckle creses with your butter knife or very clean thumb nail.
Preheat oven to 325 bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes. Lift up almond squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed replace almond so the gel will ooze out.
Rember presntation is everything WIllow finds telling a story about how she came to have the fingers adds to the fun. Also consider making fun tray labels. Be creative have fun enjoy these wonderful cookies!