Happy Halloween! Try this easy recipe out for your next Halloween shindig.
1 cup softened butter (nuke for about 45 seconds)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 handful of almonds, sliced
red food coloring
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla in a bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Cover the mixture and refrigerate for half an hour. Roll about two tablespoons of dough in your palms to create finger shapes for each cookie; they should be about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1/2 to 1 inch wide. To make nails, press a sliced almond firmly into one of the ends. With your index finger and thumb, squeeze on either side of the center to give the knuckle shape. Also, tapper off the cookie so it's thinner where the nail is. Make slashes in several places with a paring knife to form knuckles.
Place cookies about 1 inch apart on lightly oiled baking sheets and bake in 325 F (160C) oven for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool.
When the cookies are cooled, squeeze red food coloring onto the cookies, focusing around the nails and knuckles (do so sparingly, just a few drops go a long way!).