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Vegan & Paleo Witch Finger Cookies - The classic, spooky Halloween cookie get a healthy, gluten free, paleo AND vegan makeover! They're easy to make and always a hit at parties! | Foodfaithfitness.com | @FoodFaithFit

Paleo and Vegan Witch Finger Cookies

The classic witch fingers cookies get a healthy, gluten free, paleo AND vegan makeover! They're easy to make and always a hit at Halloween parties!

If you're looking for the vegan version of these witch finger cookies, see the * in the notes section!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Halloween, holiday desserts, paleo cookies, vegan cookies, witch finger cookies
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16
Author Taylor

Ingredients

  • For the cookies:
  • 1/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp Honey *
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut oil at room temperature (should be the consistency of softened butter)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 Cup Coconut flour sifted (88g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 16 sliced almonds
  • For the strawberry jelly: **
  • 3/4 Cup frozen strawberries thawed and roughly chopped (170g - measured when fully thawed and soft)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey *

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the honey and coconut oil and smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla and almonds extracts and beat once more.
  2. Add the coconut flour and salt into the bowl and stir until well combined, and a wet dough forms. Scrape the dough onto a large piece of saran wrap and wrap into a flat, thin disc. Place into the refrigerator until firm and roll-able, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. While the dough chills, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine the chopped berries and honey and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook the berries, stirring frequently, until they become very thick and smooth, about 13-14 minutes. Make sure to really keep an eye at them near the end of cooking time, so they don't burn.
  5. Transfer the berry mixture to a bowl and mash with a fork. Place into the refrigerator to set up.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll 1 Tbsp sized balls into 4 inch long finger-shapes, that are about 1/2 an inch thick. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and firmly press an sliced almond into the tip of the finger, to create fingernails. Remove the almond before baking. Then, using a small, sharp knife, make several horizontal, shallow cuts just under the finger nail, and then in the center of each finger, to represent knuckles. Lightly press in the dough on either sides of the knuckles to shape them. Place the whole pan into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Once frozen, bake the cookies until golden brown, and lightly crackly (the cracks are normal, don't worry!) about 12-13 *** minutes. Let cool on the pan COMPLETELY.
  8. Once cooled, dip the bottom of the finger into the strawberry jam, so it looks like it's been cut off. Then, fill the finger nail space with a dollop of the jam, and press in a sliced almond.
  9. DEVOUR.

Recipe Notes

Use equal parts agave for vegan
*You will only use about half of the jam, but it's hard to make a smaller amount with it burning.
***I found that using agave required a few more minutes of baking time, just 1 or 2 more minutes!
Store cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. They will become crunchy, as the coconut oil will harden once chilled. Just let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving, if you like a softer cookie.