Shortbread Severed Fingers

We have our local NOW Chapter’s annual pool party today and I’m making my Halloween version of shortbread cookies. What could be better to bring to a feminist potluck than the severed fingers of our enemies?

I used as my stepping off point this recipe from Cooking Up the Pantry. It calls for caster sugar, which is just superfine (not powdered/confectioners) sugar. I don’t usually spend the money on that so I took granulated sugar and ran it through the blender on grind for a few pulses. I did it in three 1/4 cup increments and then used 1/2 cup of sugar in the recipe and the remainder I mixed with cinnamon to create the cinnamon sugar for the rolling.


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup caster (super fine) sugar plus a little extra
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer. Add the flour and process until it comes together as a dough.

Spread out a large piece of plastic wrap on your work surface. Place the dough onto the plastic and roll and shape it into a rectangle about 6 by 10 inches. Using a sharp knife, cut it into half, lengthwise and then each of the halves into finger widths. Roll each piece between your hands, just enough to round the edges. It should be lumpy. Take a butter knife and lightly carve out a finger nail and knuckle ridges on the pieces.

Put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar to make cinnamon sugar.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Remove the dough out of the fridge and roll each finger in the cinnamon sugar mixture. You can see that it adds a nice flesh tone to the fingers.


Put the dough fingers onto the baking sheets and place them in the oven. They will flatten while baking so don’t put them too close together. Bake for 25 minutes and then allow to cool on a wire rack.

Alternatives for Halloween include using slivered almonds for the fingernails or a few drops of green food coloring when the dough has come together for witches fingers.

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