last minute invites…

October 28, 2008

i threw together some last minute invites together for a post halloween birthday party for the mr. and, they sure were fun!
i went with an idea i got from martha stewart using a “reminder finger.” but, instead of buying hers from martha stewart crafts, i made my own edible ones, and delivered them with the invitation in a white take out box. very creepy!

here’s the recipe for the creepy witch fingers:
[adapted from this recipe and this recipe]
{witch finger cookies}

cookie ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablepoons icing glue (see below)
50 pretzel sticks [for the finger bone]
icing glue ingredients
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
1. in a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
2. add the sugar, egg, peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well.
3. add the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat until completely mixed.
4. cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes. [very important that they be chilled at least 30 minutes before baking so that they will keep their shape after they are baked.]
5. preheat the oven to 325°F.
6. with your hands, roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a finger shape around a pretzel stick for each cookie. if the dough gets sticky and hard to work with, put it back in the refrigerator for a little while. Place fingers on an ungreased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
7. use a butter knife to make knuckle marks on the finger cookies. slightly flatten the front of the finger to create a nail.
8. bake 20-25 minutes, until fingers are slightly golden. remove from the oven and let cool. meanwhile, prepare the Icing Glue. mix together powdered sugar and water in a small bowl until the consistency is similar to that of a paste.
9. attach almond slice fingernails to the tips of the fingers with Icing Glue. Let glue dry for about 30 minutes.

makes about 50 cookies.


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