Monday, October 18, 2021

Whole Wheat Spritz Cookies -Witch Fingers for Halloween -No Sugar Option

The beauty of spritz cookies is, you can make them any time of year, and decorate them for any holiday or occasion:@) I've had the recipe for these Whole Wheat, No Sugar Option, Spritz Cookies, tucked away for a long time. I knew the whole wheat might bake up a little darker than A/P flour, so I added a couple drops of green food coloring, and here we have some very spooky looking Halloween Witch Fingers! Another great thing about this idea, while it's a spritz cookie, no cookie press is needed... Just fill a disposable icing bag, snip the tip, and pipe out some logs for fingers. 
I will admit, the nuts fell off when the cookies cooled folks, yep.
But I do recommend baking the cookies with the almonds for two reasons:
1. It creates an indent so we can stick it back on with candy melts or chocolate.
2. Toasted nuts just taste better:@)

As for those horrifying cuticles -eeeekk...
If you happen to have orange or purple candy melts,
Well, that would just add to the fun!
A word about whole wheat flour:
The consistency can be a bit like fine cornmeal with a little bite, and it bakes up with a nice nutty flavor.
This particular recipe is not very sweet as written, and may be more suited to an adult's taste. 
Although you could certainly add more sugar if desired.

Whole Wheat Spritz Cookies-from Paper, Ribbon & Ink
1 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar or sugar substitute of equal value
1/4 tsp salt if using unsalted butter, tiny pinch if salted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 egg*
A few drops of green food coloring
2 C whole wheat flour
Almonds for finger nails
Candy melts or chocolate
*It takes a little longer for whole wheat flour to hydrate, I felt mine was staying too dry and crumbly. I made a half batch and did end up using the whole egg. You want dough that's the consistency of Play Dough.
  1. Cream butter and sugar/substitute.
  2. Mix in extracts, egg and food coloring.
  3. Add flour until just mixed in.
  4. Fill piping bag (or cookie press). Cut hole in bag, mine was about 3/4" long.
  5. Squeeze or press out shapes onto ungreased, cool, cookie sheet.
  6. Press almond into tip of each finger.
  7. With butter knife press knuckle lines into fingers.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden on bottom.
  9. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, remove to cooling rack.
  10. Stick fingernails on with a little melted candy melts or chocolate.
This is a fun project that kids will love, 
don't hesitate to make the fingers using any spritz recipe your crew likes.
🎃Enjoy a spooky treat and have a happy day:@)

5 comments:

  1. This is so cool and funny! Lynn, your ideas are so original and fun! I love that the cookie fingers even have cuticles lol!

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  2. Yikes, extra creepy and super fun Lynn! Love the almond fingernails!

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  3. Your witches fingers turned out creepy and perfect, Lynn! Thanks for your tips, too.

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  4. These are the most adorable witches fingers! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 559 this week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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