For Day 6 of the 13 Days of Halloween Cookie decorating tutorials, I’ve made these spooky witch finger sugar cookies. These witch finger cookies are modern with their tattoos and shedding of the green skin.
I will also be teaching how to make ombre buttercream for her nails. You can have fun with choosing her nail color and make it match your theme. Color combinations of black, red, orange, purple, and green are perfect for Halloween.
Of course, if you want your witch finger cookies to be green, by all means, swap out the gray frosting for green. You can also use a typical skin color as well. I went with gray for the appearance of a dead finger. (Halloween really gets you to write weird sentences!)
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Part 1: Gathering the Supplies for Witch Finger Sugar Cookies
To make these decorated buttercream witch finger cookies for your Halloween party, you will want to gather:
- 3 Icing bags
- 2 Couplers
- Wilton #1, #2, and #3 tip sizes – buy these individually at a bake supply store or purchase this kit
- Witch finger cookie cutter – I used the one in this set which includes cookie cutters used for my other Halloween decorating tutorials as well
- Wilton black, gray, and red gel food dye, I’ve found the best price at Walmart
- Palette knife to smooth the ombre buttercream nails and the skin
- Ingredients for a crusting buttercream, find my crusting buttercream icing recipe here
- Ingredients for sugar cookie dough, find my no spread sugar cookies recipe here
Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags
- Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe. You will be able to make about 36 sugar cookies with the cookie cutter & recipes linked above.
- Make your buttercream icing and take out one cup of frosting and place that into a bowl. Take out another cup of frosting and add that to another bowl.
- Color one bowl of frosting black and the other red, or whatever color you want her nail tips to be colored.
- Color the remaining frosting (what is left in the mixer) gray (or green if you want green witch finger cookies).
- Fill an icing bag set up with the Wilton tip #3 with the gray frosting. Set up the other two icing bags each with couplers in them & add the black and red frosting to those bags of icing.
- If you don’t know how to set up icing bags with couplers, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page for a detailed explanation.
Part 3: The Tutorial for How to Make Witch Finger Sugar Cookies
Check out the video here to see how to decorate witch finger cookies. Then, check out the breakdown step-by-step photo series tutorial below.
- Attach the Wilton tip #2 to the black frosting and outline & fill in the bottom half of the witch’s nail. Do this step for each witch finger cookie before moving to step 2.
- Remove/rinse/dry the tip #2 from the black frosting and add it to the red frosting. Outline and fill in the top half of the witch’s nail for all of your witch cookies.
- Use the gray frosting with the tip #3 set up in the bag to outline and fill in the witch finger.
- Using the palette knife, smooth out the witch’s nail to create the ombre buttercream. Make sure to spread some of the black frosting into the red, or vice versa.
- Smooth the gray frosting using the palette knife. It’s okay if it’s not perfectly smooth, as witch fingers can be wrinkly and bumpy!
- Outline the outer edge of the witch finger with the gray frosting and add a swirl for the knuckle. Don’t outline the cuticle.
- Use the red frosting, still with tip #2 attached, to outline the red part of the nail again. This helps bring the nail up to the correct height. Do step 7 on all of the witch finger sugar cookies before going onto step 8.
- Remove/rinse/dry the tip #2 from the red icing and add it to the black. Outline the cuticle and around the black part of the nail, again, to bring it to the correct height. Complete step 8 on all of the witch finger cookies before moving to step 9.
- Remove the tip #2 from the black icing and replace it with the Wilton tip #1. Draw the witch’s tattoos on her fingers. You can do whatever kind of tattoos you want; I kept it simple with stars & moons. Although, crescent moons are kind of hard to draw!
These modern witch finger sugar cookies are a nice take on the classic green fingers we see these time of year. Your Halloween party guests will be amazed at the detail that went into these cookies. I always say, decorated sugar cookies are a party decoration in themselves.
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