I saw some witch fingers on Pinterest and thought, “These are SO cute! Why can’t they be gluten-free?”
So…here they are.
Spooky, creepy cookies your little goblins are sure to love!
- GF flour mix - 1 cup
- coconut sugar - 1/3 cup
- baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon
- sea salt - 1/8 teaspoon
- coconut oil or butter or vegan butter - 1/2 cup*
- 1 egg or 1/4 egg whites or 1/4 cup egg replacement** -
- vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp.
- whole or slivered almonds - 1/4 cup
- Raspberry or strawberry jam or crushed fruit (Optional) -
- Mini chocolate chips for warts (Optional) -
- Shredded coconut (sweet or unsweetened - Optional) -
- Green Food Dye (Optional) -
- Melted chocolate to squeeze for monster nails -
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cookie sheet.
In one bowl measure the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and sea salt. In a separate bowl measure: egg, vanilla, and coconut oil. If you want to make gross green monster toes or witch fingers, add the green food coloring now. Add enough to create the shade of green you think your guests will find most disgusting. ;) OR you can wait to add the green food color until you've mixed all the ingredients together for a more moldy monster toe look (which is what I did). You may also split the recipe into two and add the green food coloring to just the one cookie batter. Save the other dough for witch's fingers.
To shape the monster toes - make them stubby and create an indentation at the end to add your choice of creepy toenail. Press a little shredded coconut into the cookie to make "toe hair." After they've baked, melt a little chocolate and paint it into the indentation with a toothpick. A child's paintbrush also works. Dirty the toe up with a little cocoa powder so it has that fresh-from-the-grave look.
To shape the witch fingers - roll them like a tootsie roll (only much thinner) and squeeze the dough to make gnarly knuckles. The more crooked the better! Press an almond or other nut into the tip to make a nail. If nuts are an issue for you, make an indentation as you would with the monster toes and after they've baked, paint chocolate or fruit jam on the nail. Stick a mini chocolate chip wart or two on the finger as soon as they come out of the oven. The warmth of the cookie will help it to stick and stay there.
For a truly gruesome treat, dip the end in fruit jam or crushed fruit for a bloody stump look. (I used mashed raspberries.)
Bake 20 - 25 minutes. Makes approximately 16 - 20 cookies (depending on the size)
*When made with coconut oil, the cookies will better retain their shape and not spread. It also gives them a sweet, slightly coconut flavor.
**If using an egg replacement, prepare before you add it to the liquid ingredients.