Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

by | Dessert, Holidays

Their creepy and their kooky their buttery, sweet and ooky, the kids will think their spooky, let’s treat, and not rebukey!

Baked Shortbread Cookies – Witch’s Fingers

Who Loves Witches!

I grew up in the 60’s with Bewitched, the classic show with Elizabeth Montgomery, a witch-turned housewife whose magic made life… interesting, fun and humorous!

While Disney certainly gave us our share of fairytale witches, it was Bette Midler, in Hocus Pocus, that fast became my all time favorite.

To date… humor is my most favorite emotion! Is it an emotion? Actually, it is said to be an ‘auditory expression of a number of positive emotional states.’  Positive, being the operative word for me. I love laughter and Hocus Pocus is my favorite witch laughter!

Robin Daumit

Witch Fingers vs. Ladyfingers

The difference? Eggs! Proper ladies (ladyfingers), are whipped. Witch fingers are whisked…. with a magic wand, of course!

Ladies are soft, witches have stability!

Shortbread Cookies

While witches in Scotland suffered a horrid demise, back in the 1700’s, Scotland’s shortbread cookies certainly gave us all a sweet taste to erase the horror of their history. 

Shortbread cookies hold together beautifully for pressing into shapes with a cookie cutter or shaping by hand to make cute designs. 

My shortbread cookies have an extra measure of lusciousness to hold them together, they are made with both butter and mascarpone. Yummmmmy!

Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

How To Make Witch Finger Shortbread Cookies

The food processor is my most used equipment in my kitchen. I toss all the room temperature ingredients into the food processor, whisk like crazy, roll out and start shaping, or fridge for a later day. 

Shaping Shortbread Cookies

Once rolled to about half inch thickness (no need to be precise, remember these aren’t fussy ladies), cut into strips 1/2 inch wide by 4 inches long.

Shape into fat little cylinders, lay your own finger across each and press, round off the top and bottom and press a whole raw almond in the top for the fingernail. 

The cookies can be baked once shaped, or again, they can be stored in the fridge until ready to bake and freeze quite well too. Baking only takes about 15- 18 minutes and they are ready for the party!

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • Mascarpone
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Whole Almonds

Equipment Needed

  • Baking sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry knife
  • Food Processor or Mixer
  • Oven

Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies – Fun Halloween Treats

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Dessert, HolidaysCuisine: American



Butter and mascarpone rich shortbread cookies easily shaped into witch fingers with an almond.


  • Butter – 16 oz, softened

  • Mascarpone – 8 oz, soft

  • Sugar – 3/4 cup

  • Flour – 3 1/2 cups, more for rolling out

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Raw whole almonds – 12 – 24, 1-per cookie


  • In a food processor or stand up mixer, place the softened butter, mascarpone, sugar, salt and 3 cups of flour. Whisk until the dough forms a ball.
  • Add a little more flour at a time until the dough forms and ball and is not sticking to the fingers.
  • Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, to about 1/2 inch thickness. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cut the dough into strips about 4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide. Gently roll each strip into cylinders, resembling a finger, shaping the ends to a rounded edge.
  • Place each finger on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press one almond per finger at the top to resemble a fingernail.
  • With a knife or round toothpick, press wrinkles into the fingers.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden in color. Cool and enjoy!


  • For an added creepy touch, a few drops of green food coloring can be added to the dough. 
Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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