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Friday, October 19, 2007



This came today from the braces-friendly American Association of Orthodontists. The cookies look like fun to make (though I have not tried them, so I hope they work).

Frightful finger cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond slices
1 tube green food coloring
1 tube red decorating gel

1. Set the oven at 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg, and almond and vanilla extracts.
3. With the mixer set on low speed, beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to the dough until it is a deep green color.
4. Divide the dough into four equal parts, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Using one part of the dough, break off one heaping teaspoon and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze it around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, with a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with the remaining dough.
6. Set the fingers on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm.
7. Let the cookies sit until cool. Squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond slice on top so the gel oozes out from underneath. Adapted from "'s" Marlene C. Mcasias

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 03:37 PM
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