Monday, October 10, 2011

Spooky Halloween cookies, with a healthy twist!

Halloween is usually associated with beautiful autumn weather, scary costumes... and unfortunately binging on unhealthy treats. I really love Halloween, and want to give this notion a new spin. You can still have delicious and festive treats, but without all the processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or the belly aches that follow! Here's a recipes that your whole family will love..not to mention perfect for a spooky holiday like Halloween. It will make a great conversation starter when you serve it at parties, too!
Witch's Fingers
(Serves about 60 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Organic Cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup Amaranth flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel
  • 2 tablespoons Organic cooking oil

Directions:

  • Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with a 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 oil baking sheets.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and near the center of each to give the impression of fingers.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the almond from the end of each cookie, squeeze a small amount of decorating gel onto the tip, replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.
  • Let cookies cool for about 10 mins.



Bon appetit!!
pumpkinladyfingers



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