Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

by | Dessert, Holidays

Buttery sweet Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies are creepy, yummy and fun as Halloween treats for both kids and adults!

Baked Shortbread Cookies - Witch's Fingers
Baked Shortbread Cookies – Witch’s Fingers

Who Doesn’t Want To Eat Witch Fingers For Halloween?

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!

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

Do you love to laugh? 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!

Author & Television Personality Robin Daumit
Author & Television Personality Robin Daumit

Witch Fingers vs. Ladyfingers

What’s the difference, you ask? Eggs! Proper ladies (ladyfingers), are whipped. Witch fingers are whisked…. with a magic wand, of course!

Henceforth you will want to know; ladies are soft, witches have stability!

Shortbread Cookies

Nonetheless, 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. 

You will want to know that 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
Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

How To Make Witch Finger Shortbread Cookies

My food processor is the 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
Shaping Shortbread Cookies

Firstly, 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.

Then we will 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. 

Baking Or Freezing Shortbread Cookies

Finally, the cookies can be baked once shaped, and are ready to serve, wrap as gifts or freeze extras for a later date.

However, they can also be stored in the fridge until ready to bake and freeze. Simply save the witch fingernail (whole almond), application for when you’re ready to bake them.

They thaw quickly and bake in only about 15- 18 minutes, and they are ready for the party!

Halloween Treats

Who doesn’t love Halloween treats? I don’t mean the store bought kind, but rather a fun array of homemade Halloween treats for kids and adults. Here are just a few of my other favorited Scary Yummy Treats:

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

Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies – Fun Halloween Treats

Butter and mascarpone rich shortbread cookies easily shaped into witch fingers with an almond.
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Course: Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • 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. 
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 300kcal
    Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies
    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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