Scare Your Friends With These Lifelike Cookies!

With Halloween just weeks away, it's time to whip out the spooky treats and terrifying sweets! Whether you are planning a ghastly dinner party or are just looking for a way to terrify your honey, these gruesome, bloody severed fingers cookies are the perfect after-dinner dessert! My recommended scare tactic? Place one of these mutilated appendages on your coworker's keyboard or your husband's pillow. They'll think twice before crossing you again!

Bloody severed finger cookies

Looks just like the real thing at first glance, right? These will be an instant hit at any Halloween party, adult and child alike!

Bloody, severed finger cookies

Yields: About 16 fingers


  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 16 almond halves (about 8 whole almonds cut in half)
  • 2 eggs (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (about 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of white sugar (or brown for a great taste!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup of cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
  2. Place red food coloring in a bowl. Add almond halves and let sit until almonds are a deep red color.
  3. Separate one egg. Set egg white aside. Beat butter, sugar, egg (and additional yolk), almond and vanilla extract in a bowl with a handheld mixer. Once creamed, gradually add flour, baking powder and salt until fully mixed. The mixture will be thick in consistency.
  4. Wrap dough in waxed paper or plastic wrap and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. Once dough has chilled, split in half. Keep the half you aren't using chilled in the fridge while you work.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, place the dough and break into pieces (less than an inch wide) and form fingers. Using the back of a small knife, make small "knuckle" indents and squeeze cookie gently in where the knuckle should be. Place the almond on the top of the fingernail area and make a few additional indents underneath the almond.
  7. Gently brush finger with egg white and bake for about 15 minutes or until fingers are golden brown.
  8. Drizzle cherry pie filling (mashed) over the ends of the fingers to make them appear severed. Dip fingers in additional filling and enjoy!

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Comments on "Bloody severed finger cookies"

Marsha October 24, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Jody, great idea on using the almond, but I don't know if I would have the patience to put all of this together. My kids would love it though!

Jordan October 24, 2012 | 1:41 PM

Wow, these things looks so gross but I bet they would be a big hit at a party.

Jody July 23, 2012 | 5:35 AM

I preferably don't use the egg to hold on the almond. I use red food color "gel". just a little dob because when it bakes, it expands, but if you put just a little, where it isnt coming out the sides when you put the almond on, it looks like the fingernail is bleeding. also i use shaved almonds, more fingernail like.

Andrea October 27, 2011 | 9:50 PM

I like to use whole almonds. The natural grooves in the almond skin make it look like an old lady's finger nails. I have never used the cherry pie filling before just because it seems a little messy. I do however use the extra food coloring and bush it onto the ends of the fingers and it bakes right in.  This makes them look like severed bloody fingers but without the mess.  The egg white works fine for holding the almond in place, just don't put the almond too far off the edge of the cookie.  As added precaution I take some of the dough around the nail and pinch it around the edges.  I also like to buy plastic spider rings and place them around the fingers turning them into a snack AND a party favor. Just make sure everyone knows that part isn't edible!

Tres Kline October 19, 2011 | 9:12 AM

The chipped almond nail and the realistic clumps of blood (cherry pie filling) instantly made me think of the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" where the guy dug his nails in the cellar walls to keep from being brought downstairs!!!! OMG CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE!!!

Ann October 18, 2011 | 9:55 PM

The "blood" just puts those WAY over the top....fantastic!

Jenn @ Baking Jenn's Blog October 18, 2011 | 4:49 PM

These are creepy! I love it!

Sandra October 18, 2011 | 3:59 PM

Super creepy!

Jenn October 18, 2011 | 2:26 PM

OH MY GOD those are the craziest lady fingers I've ever seen! I am SO making these. Are the food coloring and egg whites enough to make the almonds stick?

Joanne October 18, 2011 | 12:12 PM

Totally spooky but great for a Halloween party. What an idea! :)

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