Everything about Halloween screams awesome. The TV episodes are keep-me-laughing-on-the-couch all day fantastic. “Modern Family”, “The Middle”, and “Glee”episodes about Halloween kept me smiling in front of my television. The movies are eye-wideningly enticing. “Paranormal Activity 2” and replays of the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” have me lodged on the couch with a bowl of lightly buttered popcorn for hours. The food is stomach-turning-ly wonderful. Jellied eyeballs, chocolate mice with cherry filled “blood” centers, and brain with blood clot cupcakes–pretty awesome, don’t you think?
Oh and human fingers.
If the world is okay with mad scientists, the world should definitely be okay with mad bakers. If a crazy scientist decides to shrink his children and tell his wife “Honey, I shrunk the children”, crazed bakers can bake human fingers and say “Would you like some fresh baked human fingers?”.
So…would you like some human fingers fresh out of the oven?
Human Fingers (Actually Sugar Cookie Batter, Don’t Worry) From Nosh With Me
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon almond extract)
Red decorating gel
Preheat oven to 325° F. Combine dry ingredients. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla, beat in dry ingredients. Cover and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Working with one-quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoons full of dough into finger shape for each cookie. Press an almond firmly into one end for nail. Squeeze in center to create a knuckle shape and use a paring knife make slashes in several places to form knuckle.
Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for three minutes. If desired, lift up almond and squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so gel oozes out from underneath. (I skipped this part.)
Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
Yields 3-4 dozen.
So whatever your plans are for Halloween, whether it is hiding behind bushes and jumping out at trick-or-treaters, a ghoulish dance party, baking, a night of horror movies, or a night of studying for midterms (like me), I wish you all the happiest Halloween ever.
And don’t forget that you earn a place in my blog’s heart forever if you choose to be a crazed baker for Halloween. Hint for those of you who are devoid of costume ideas.