Witch Fingers


1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
slivered almonds (approximately 3/4 cup)
tomato jam

Preheat oven to 165 degrees and lightly grease the baking pan.

In a large bowl mix the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and the vanilla extract. Beat together with a mixer; add the flour gradually, baking powder and the salt. Beat continually, when ready refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.

Take dough out from fridge. Scoop a heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one slivered almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the almond from the end of each cookie and carefully spread a bit of jam on the tip of each finger. Replace the almond to cause the jam to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.

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