Having a pre-party before your annual Friday the 13th movie marathon? Or perhaps you and your bests are gathering to honour the souls of those who have passed over to the other side, planning a seance or a conjuring of sorts? Whatever the case and regardless of how you observe this historically unlucky day, there's no need to go hungry- or thirsty in the process.
Welcome your guests- both living and deceased- with this deliciously spooky cookie recipe.
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of Butter
1/2 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
5 TBLS of Granulated Sugar
1 Pinch of Salt
1/4 TSP of Vanilla Extract
30 Blanched Almonds, Split in Half
Red Food Colouring
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment or a thin layer of butter.
Pour a few drops of food colouring into a bowl, then place halved almonds inside, covering completely. Leave dying until desired colour emerges.
Of the two eggs, separate the whites from one and place in another bowl. Whisk the yolk with the second egg and the vanilla. With a whisk or electric mixer, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Add in the egg mixture and continue to whip until it becomes fluffy. Slowly add in the flour, until all is blended in.
Wrap the thick dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
When ready, cut off small pieces at a time, making sure to keep the unworked dough covered in plastic. With selections of 3 to 4 inches in length, roll batch into finger shape. Pinch inward a quarter of the way down from the top, creating a knuckle-esq indentation. When your fingers are looking as gnarly as you'd like, attach an almond "nail" to each, brush with the egg white wash and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes or at least until browned.
For an extra "ick," use a water and sugar solution to adhere small bits of cotton candy which act as knuckle hair. Change up the colour of the food colouring to green or black for a particularly gruesome vision. Throw a Ring Pop on a couple for a romantic flare, or sever the ends and coat with red-dyed icing sugar or strawberry jam to leave a lasting and bloody impression.