Halloween Shortbread Bloody Fingers & Scary Faces

This is one of our favourite Halloween cookie recipe that we made more than a couple of times already.

Those witches’ fingers are easy to make and the effect is quite realistic… What do you think?

For a nut-free version, check out this Halloween Witches ‘Fingers recipe.


  • 315 g unsalted butter / 1¼ bar (softened)
  • 5 cups plain flour
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup light brown soft Muscovado or golden caster sugar
  • 90 – 180 whole almonds (90 for finger cookies, 180 for scary faces)
  • 3 tbs vanilla sugar
  • 6 tbs milk
  • red dessert sauce to serve (I used mixed berry: boysenberries, strawberries and raspberries sauce)

scary Halloween cookies recipe Halloween bloody fingers


  • non-stick Telfon sheets or baking paper
  • baking trays

easy Halloween cookies for kids recipe


  1. Combine butter, flour, egg, sugars and knead with your hands till dough is smooth and sticky.
  2. Divide it into 3 – 4 portions and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  3. In meantime pour boiling water over almonds, leave them like this for couple of minutes. Drain and remove skin, leave aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  5. Take out from the fridge one portion of the dough, create fingers or faces and place on baking tray lined with Teflon sheets.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes till golden and leave aside to cool down.
  7. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough.
  8. When cookies are cooled down completely serve with bloody red sauce on a side to dip cookies.

Makes about 90 cookies.


To create finger shapes roll piece of dough in your hands, put it across your palm and then squeeze, it will give the roll shape similar to finger. Then attach almond, make cuts with a knife pretending to be wrinkled skin on the joints.

This recipe has been featured in the Sun Times on the Caribbean island of St. John, USVI.

If you looking for more inspiration take a look at those Halloween ideas.

More Halloween recipes and crafts.

Your thoughts…

  1. amazing sweets really well made and composed .. keep cooking I love it.


  2. Nasty! My boys would love these! ;)

  3. Oh, wow. These are not only spectacular looking, but they sound delicious!

  4. zoinks!!! i’m too soft hearted to even look at sth like this forget eating it!! U made it look soo real, the curve of nails, the crease lines on fingers..beautiful..errmm..i mean scary work! :wink:

  5. :mrgreen: My kids will look like mr Green if they see these! Spooktacular job Margot! WOW!!

  6. This fingers look so real! Great idea using almonds for fingers! :twisted:

  7. Wow! So cool Margot :smile:

  8. Those are so creepy looking. I love it!

  9. Great Halloween treats!

  10. Thos fingers are really creepy! It took me a few seconds to figure out what all the components were. :razz:

  11. I make the fingers every Halloween, except with a slight green tint. Yours looks great!!

  12. Those fingers look so gross! (and I mean that as a compliment, great job!)

  13. Those are so inventive and CREEPY! I love it! I loved doing Halloween treat posts this month, and I’m so ready for Halloween!

  14. Thank you very much for this scary idea!!! I made different kind of dough, because they lost their shape during the baking, here is link:

  15. Thanks for the idea. I’ve made just a dozen of these and we both gobbled it down in less than an hour like hungry ghost! Here’s mine:



  16. Sweet Corner, Quinn.. those look amazing. I’m glad you tried them :)

  17. This fingers look so real! Great idea using almonds for fingers! :twisted:

  18. Wow, they look amazingly lifelike. Will have to try these for our halloween party and see if anybody has the stomach to try them!

  19. Thank you for all the lovely comments!! Happy Halloween :)

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