These are not your mama’s lady fingers. No, not the delicate sponge cookies used to make fancy desserts like charlottes and tiramisu. These are cookies that look like severed fingers. Gross, right? If you’ve never seen cookies like this before and are feeling completely repulsed right now, I’d say that’s about right. I first saw cookies like these about two or three years ago and was disgusted. But each year around Halloween I see them again, and I guess I’ve become desensitized or maybe a bit morbidly fascinated by the idea. In any case, this year was the year that I couldn’t resist finally attempting them. Plus, it only seems fitting after making eyeball cupcakes and brain cupcakes in the past.
As far as the flavor of these goes, it’s just a basic sugar cookie – nothing spectacular. This is one of those times where I’m more focused on the effect and less on the taste. For a fun (creepy?) presentation, I threw some Oreos in a bag and coarsely crushed them up with my rolling pin. Then I spread the crumbs over the serving platter to look like dirt and positioned the fingers as though they were protruding from it. In a similar vein, you could serve a finger or two sticking out of the traditional dirt pudding set up instead of the usual gummy worms. Disgustingly delicious.