Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

As Halloween is rapidly approaching, I have had the urge to get in the kitchen to make festive treats! As I was flipping through the October issue of Food and Wine, I came across a spread on Halloween goodies. There were quite a few recipes that looked great to me, cute ghostie cake pops, little chocolate mice, but noooo, I just had to pick these creepy-ass witch fingers. I don’t know why these looked so appealing to me, but I think it was because of the word “cheddar”. Yeah, I think it was the cheese. These may not look cute, but believe me when I say they are tasty and super addicting!

These go over really well at parties and whenever I bring them, everyone always gobbles them right up and then asks for the recipe! The great thing about this recipe too is even though they are shaped into creepy witch fingers, you could easily form them into a different shape and make them any time of the year! These kind of remind me of a Cheezit, but they have a softer texture so they are like a soft biscuit-like cracker.

Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
  • sliced almonds (about 1/3 cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Grate the cheese in a food processor. Add the butter, salt, and cayenne pepper and process until the mixture is smooth. Add the flour and pulse until the flour is well-combined. Remove the dough and knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough until smooth.
  2. Divide the dough into approximately 24-36 pieces (I only got 2 dozen out of this recipe because I made my fingers a little larger I think). Roll each piece into a 4-inch finger. Arrange the fingers on parchment-lined baking sheets. Using a butter knife, make small lines in each finger to resemble the knuckles. Brush each finger with the egg wash. Place an almond at the tip of each nail to look like a finger nail. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. If using separate pans, bake fingers on top and lower thirds of the oven. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Rotate the pans halfway through.

Recipe from Food and Wine

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Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

   

65 comments

  1. Ha, love it! I’m a sucker for the cute halloween treats but some of the scary ones sound much better. I love these pictures!!!!

  2. I love it! Not only do they sound delicious, but the way you took the photo is FANTASTIC! Buzzed!

  3. That is seriously so cute!

  4. Glad someone has posted something savory in the halloween theme-these look amazing! Spices with cheddar is a combo that is hard to resist. Great post.

  5. Haha, I always enjoy a good festive treat to go with the current holiday. I don’t know if I could eat the fingers though. They look so real!

  6. Okay, those are totally creepy, especially the way you have them coming out of the box like that. But delicious too, I bet!

  7. Creepy is exactly how I’d describe these, too! PERFECT for Halloween :)

  8. That looks so cool — talk about creativity! I seriously need somma that :)

  9. Too much! I wish I were spending Halloween with my nephews this year, I would totally make these for them… but hey adults like spicy cheddar fingers tooooooo! :D

  10. This is totally awesome for my little boys. They’re going to flip out. ha! Thanks! Grat job, btw…looks almost too real to eat! Happy Halloween!

    • Thanks so much, Kate! These are definitely perfect for boys!! They are creepy. Maybe next time I will use yellow cheddar cheese to make them look not as real, lol!

  11. When you said it was a Food and Wine recipe, I just assumed that the pic was taken from the spread in the magazine. Awesome shot!

  12. Creepy and awesome! Your pictures are fantastic!

  13. Those are perfect for Halloween! The gruesome crackers would be a hit with my kids for sure!

  14. SO creative!! And a little scary!! :)

  15. Wow, those are pretty creepy looking–your photos are spectacular!

  16. Are these your photos?? How did you do that fog thing?? Omg how cute!

  17. Very creatif scary but YUMMY :) Boo :)

  18. You are so creative and festive! I luv these cheddar witch fingers…how cute and I bet tasty too. Luv the use of sliced almonds for the fingernails!!!

    Thanks for making me smile and inspiring me with this seasonal-fun goody! :)

  19. How cute!! Perfect for Halloween (my 2nd favorite holiday)!!

  20. These look so creepy!! I LOVE it!! And I LOVE cheddar cracker type stuff.

    So creative and fun!

  21. I think this is the scariest treat I’ve seen so far. Hope you’ll enjoy your Halloween. Great pic.

  22. Great photos, great treat! The trick is keeping them from disappearing!

  23. Love, love, LOVE these!! They look so real and creepy!!! But being a cheddar lovah, I just know that I would eat them all. Great recipe – love the cayenne, too. Thanks, Stephanie! I can’t wait to get my Spicy Cheddar Witch’s Fingers on!! :)

  24. It is spooky how realistic these look! What great pictures/styling! I’m sure they taste great too, but I don’t think I could eat them!

  25. Wow, that’s the creepiest appetizer I’ve ever seen :)

  26. Whoaaaaaaaaaa! It’s creepy yet looks AWESOME! I’m amazed by food bloggers who are so creative! I almost forgot this is a food and there is a recipe.

  27. I love Halloween….mostly because I love all the treats that are fun and festive and creepy. Because creepy treats are fun. I think your cheddar witch fingers are awesome!

  28. Too cute. I like the way you took the picture. Well done.

  29. Those are adorable. Having a party next weekend, I just put these on the menu!! Thanks for sharing

  30. This is so neat! And I love how you photographed them too! Definitely would be a hit at any Halloween parties =)

  31. Cute shot.
    Love the fingernails.
    LL

  32. Those look so fun! Great halloween treat =)

  33. Those are amazing! They look so realistic and I love both spicy foods and cheese so it’s a perfect combo. Love the staging of your shot too

  34. Stephanie….oh wow! Those are really cool! I mean….they look real! That’s so very creative! Love the almond fingernails!

  35. Adorable, Stephanie. What a creative idea, the photos are great!

  36. I’ve seen the almond cookie version of these, but not this cheddar version. So much fun!

  37. These are so cute! I have a friend who makes festive foods each year for her Halloween party, but she’s never made these. Passing the recipe along for sure :) Such fun!

  38. OMG haha I love it!!! These are so fun.

  39. This is the cutest idea ever!!! Love it!

  40. What a great scary fingers, like the nails too.
    Have a happy Halloween!

  41. I saw the same thing but different hahah in Rachel Rays magazine..she has a sweet one with raspberry jam at the end of it for “blood” hehehehe…so I’ll be making that today! Cant wait!

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