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Frightful Finger Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup almond slices, or whole almonds
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 325° F. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. If you want green finger cookies, add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep-green color. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes; let cool. Then squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond on top so the gel oozes out from underneath. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

 

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