Happy Halloween, and Happy-first-Halloween-recipe-on-this-blog! I don't know how I've never made a Halloween recipe - but I hope this Healthy Witch Finger Cookies are a good first one. I have so many more ideas - Healthy Mummy Rice Krispies, Frankenstein Brownies, Healthy Spider Cake Pops... guess those will have to wait until next Halloween!
These Witch Finger Cookies are naturally gluten free and paleo - so while they look scary, they are made with very non-scary ingredients!
Almond Flour. The base/bulk of these cookies is made with Almond Flour - this is a naturally gluten free, grain free, and high protein flour and a great healthy base.
Coconut Flour. Just 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour helps these cookies keep their shape. Coconut Flour absorbs a lot of moisture, so a little goes a long way. Do not start subbing the Almond and Coconut Flour for one another!
Egg. This binds everything together. I haven't had time to test this recipe with a Flax Egg to make it Vegan, but I suspect it *would* work. If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments!
Honey. Honey naturally sweetens these cookies, so they do not require any refined or processed sugars. I love the idea of keeping "finger"-shaped cookies "all natural"! Haha.
Tips for making the best Witch Finger Cookies
Chill the dough! Yes, this is in a lot of cookie recipe instructions, and yes, sometimes you can get away with skipping it. But I would not recommend skipping it here. The melted coconut oil needs to harden a bit, as the heat from your hands when you roll out the fingers will melt it further.
Do not skip the accessories. The slivered almonds, the raspberry jam blood, and the slight indents in the fingers all contribute to the aesthetic of these cookies. If you are really short on time/ingredients, you could just roll out long cookies - but also, you should have some fun and remember these are meant to resemble fingers, not just "long cookie logs"!
Take your time! Rolling the dough to look like a finger takes a tiny bit more time than just rolling any dough into a log. And I say a tiny bit, because its really not much more, but it does make a big difference. Try rolling the dough with your fingers spread wide apart - this should naturally create the knuckles and curves of a finger. Use your hands to gently fold everything into place. Also, use a knife to make little wrinkles around the knuckles and joints!
Although I don't have any other Halloween recipes on The Granola Diaries (yet), I do have lots of Fall and Pumpkin recipes - check these out!
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