Frightening Witch’s Finger Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups sliced almonds, divided
  • 4 oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup  butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup  powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp.  almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1-1/2 cups  flour

Directions:

  1. HEAT oven to 325ºF.
  2. RESERVE 40 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground.
  3. Beat next 5 ingredients in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)
  5. ROLL dough into 40 (3-inch) “fingers,” using 1 Tbsp. dough for each.
  6. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Press 1 reserved nut into end of each dough finger for the fingernail.
  8. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.
  9. BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned.
  10. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks.
  11. Cool completely.

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