I first posted this recipe way back in 2008. Since I like to think my writing and photography have gotten better since then, I thought these deserved a repost. I’ve seen several recipes floating around for sweet witch’s fingers, but I’m always in need of more savory treats, which is one reason I especially love these. If you’re looking for a quick and tasty Halloween treat, then you definitely need to make these!
Halloween, as I’ve mentioned, is one of my favorite holidays. I would make Halloween treats all month if I could, but there’s no way Eric and I could eat all those goodies. I couldn’t let Halloween pass without making these, though, because they’re so much fun to make. Plus, they taste absolutely delicious and add spooky flair to any party. The extra sharp cheddar makes them intensely cheesy, and they bake up nice and crispy. The coarse salt adds a nice crunch on top. Since I like my cheese straws a little spicy, I’ve adapted the recipe to include cayenne pepper. If you don’t want the heat, simply leave it out. They’ll still taste fabulous without it. I also adapted the recipe to include wetting the dough before pressing the almonds on because many of them fell off after baking without this step. I painted the almonds to give them a spookier appearance, and I love the way the black nails look against the orange fingers.