My daughter, Jennifer makes these for our family's anual Halloween party. Sliced almonds act as fingernails and red decorating gel as blood for these finger-shaped cookies. Friends and family alike love them!
Combine the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly butter baking sheets.
Remove dough from refrigerator . Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll the dough into a finger shape. Use a toothpick to make a few ridged to resemble wrinkled knuckles.Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
When cool, squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel around "cuticle" and finger tip.
Allow gel to set for a few minutes befor arranging fingers on a plate.