Halloween Treats!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! John and I love to dress up, carve way too many pumpkins, and eat plenty of candy while enjoying a comedy/scary movie. This year we decided carving 3 pumpkins is a better idea than last years 12.

Last Halloween I made vanilla cupcakes with crushed oreo cookies and gummy works coming out of the top. Dirt Cupcakes. This Halloween I’m making Witches Fingers!

Witches Fingers are almond shortbread cookies in the shape of a witches finger, and the nail is a toasted almond. I did not color my cookies since I was serving them with pumkpin ice cream, but you can if you wish.

I’m also including a simple, yet wonderfully delicious cocktail for adults.

Witches Fingers – 16 fingers
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg white
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
16 whole almonds
Green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Mix in almond extract and egg white, and food coloring if desired. Reduce the speed to low, add flour and salt, continue to mix until combined. Adjust coloring and mix until incorporated.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough into your palm, and shape the dough to resemble a finger. Place on prepared baking sheet, prick finger with a fork and top with an almond, press slightly, pointed end facing away from finger, it will look like a pointy nail (look at photos below).

Bake shortbread in for 14 minutes, rotating the sheet midway (7minutes) Remove from oven, and cool on sheet.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for three days!

Whiskey and Cider
1/2 ounce whiskey, Pendleton or Jameson’s
3/4 cups fresh apple cider, chilled
Ice
Sugar for frosting glass (optional)

For the ladies: Pour a little cider in a bowl large enough to dip a martini glass in to coat the rim. Pour sugar into a bowl, and dip glass into the sugar to coat the rim. Combine whiskey and cider and enjoy.

For the gentlemen: Place a few ice cubes in a scotch glass and pour whiskey and cider over, stir and serve.

Cheers and Happy Halloween dear friends.

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Pictures before Halloween, and preparing treats! Oh! and of course Archibauld!
We line our driveway with glow in the dark pumpkin, and add glow sticks Halloween night, since it can be pretty scary to walk 300 ft up a pitch black driveway! (You might want to consider this if you have small trick-or-treat’ers!)

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