Dead man’s fingers

Ditch the red food colouring for an everyday teatime treat.

Less than 30 minutes

Serves 14 

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  • ½ cup (125ml) castor sugar
  • ½ cup (125ml) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups (300g) flour    
  • ½ tsp (3ml) vanilla essence
  • Milk, as needed                
  • About 14 almonds              
  • Red food colouring, for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.    
  2. Pulse castor sugar, butter, egg, flour and vanilla in a food processor until it starts getting sticky.
  3. Add milk, a dash at a time, so that the mixture combines to form a ball.          
  4. Divide dough into 14 small walnut-sized balls, and roll balls into logs that resemble fingers.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.            
  6. Using a small, sharp knife, cut incisions that resemble knuckles into the dough.            
  7. Press an almond, to resemble a nail, into the tip of each ‘finger’.
  8. Bake for 10-20 minutes, then cool.
  9. Paint the end of each finger with red food colouring.


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