I made this recipe for a party with some changes. I used coconut flavoring instead of rum and cherry pie filling in place of the red food gel. I used Splenda instead of white sugar and like most folks I added an extra 1/2 cup. I also dressed them up with green food color and alternated half with almond sliver finger nails painted with yellow food coloring and half with dried cranberry "scabs". Very creepy result! The reason I gave this recipe a 4 was that baking them was a chore. When the butter gets warm, the cookies spread/swell when you cook them. To keep them petite, you need to roll them very very thin, chilling them before baking, OR roll and bake in small batches, keeping the dough as cold as possible. I think all together I took more than 2 hours to roll, bake and decorate these cookies.
Towards the end, I got tired and made some "bloody eye balls" by rolling the dough in to a ball, making a depression with my thumb and filling it with cherry pie filling. Tasty and creepy! Next year I may make more of those and less of the fingers.
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I made this recipe for a party with some changes. I used coconut flavoring instead of rum and...