Step 1: Ingredients
• 1 cup of butter, softed (2 sticks)
• 1 egg
• 1 cup confectioners' suger
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 2 2/3 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• Almonds- One for each cookie, about 1/2 cup
• Green Food Dye (optional)
• Red Icing
• Cinnamon, Chai spice, any spice for more flavor ;)
Step 2: Mix 'em Up
Combine the two sticks of butter, one cup of sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extracts. I used a big bread mixer, but you can use the handheld too. Slowly add the flour mixture.
Step 3: Color and Refrigerate
Scoop dough out of bowl and shape to an inch or so tall block. I made two separate blocks. Wrap and place in refrigerator, let harden for about 30 min.
Step 4: Shape!
Cut your blocks into inch strips, and then cut those a little less than an inch. When shaped into a ball they should be about an inch in diameter.
Roll into a worm-ish shape, and place on cookie pan. Stretch and squeeze until it is less than 1/2 and inch (~1cm) wide, with two large knuckles. Make sure it isn't taller than it is wider. The knuckles can be as big as you want them, the bigger, the uglier the cookies. ;)
Use a sharp knife and slice three slots on the knuckles, only going about halfway through. With both hands, squish the knuckle smaller. (picture 6) Round it out and put and almond on the tip.
Step 5: Bake!
Cool completely before removing, I broke a lot of cookies trying to get them off to soon. :(
Step 6: Add the Blood
Take your icing and put a glob on the end. Spread with your fingers (I didn't buy the tips) until it looks evenly spread but a little messy. The icing works a lot better than the gelly kind, it makes it look more like bloody finger tissue instead of just dripping blood.
If you crack one, you can just eat the back and make it into a shorter finger, or fuse it together with icing. Or you can just eat the whole thing.