Terrifyingly tasty Halloween treats

by Jeana Coleman
Stripes Korea

While recently woodworking in the garage, my husband had a small scuffle with the router saw. Router, 1. Fingertip, 0. And while I can happily report that his finger is healing nicely and we are no longer worried about the future of his mechanical dexterity, the gruesome mishap and E.R. visit were the inspiration for these bloody good Halloween treats.

Severed Finger Cookies

The most gruesomely fun cookie you’ll ever make is also a tasty one! I tweaked a recipe from www.rachaelraymag.com by substituting almond extract and adding red and yellow food coloring to create a fleshy color. Be sure to keep the dough cold and shape pinky-sized cookies or they will look like they were steamrolled. Use a butter knife to gently score a few creases, and press the blade’s flat edge into the tip to make a space for the almond. Dip an almond slice into the cherry mixture (that you used for the glass cupcakes) and press into the space. If almond tips break, don’t worry! They’ll look even more realistic after they bake. To add to the realism, gently brush a little cocoa powder into the creases. Once cooled, dip the severed end into the cherry mixture. Or, let guests dip the fingers into a bowl of the mixture. We were delightfully grossed out by the results. My friend even had goosebumps!

Mummy Cupcakes

We went through mounds of gauze dressing his finger — enough to wrap a mummy! In fact, it was easier to make these darling mummy cupcakes than wrap that wicked wound.

I found ready-made fondant and candy eyes at the local hypermarket, and used chocolate and red velvet cupcakes. A bit of the cream cheese frosting helped glue down the eyes (tinted green to make the eyes stand out), and thinly rolled out
fondant was cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Place trimmed strips strategically along the mummy’s face, and done! And not a bit of flesh was spared.

Although making these creepy treats was in good ol’ tongue-in-cheek fun, let this harrowing tale be a lesson for you: keep your digits away from sharp, severed or seeping things — unless they’re slathered in buttercream!

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