When I think of Halloween the first thing that comes to mind is candy, but this year I wanted to try something a little different. This year Wilton came out with a witch fingers cookie pan so I thought I would give that a try.
I have to say from the start I am not what you call good at making cookies. I have a tendency to either under cook or burn cookies; I can never get them to be just right. But, with this cookie pan I didnâ€™t have the issues I usually do.
I started my cookie adventure by making the cookie recipe on the back of the pan label, Wiltonâ€™s classic sugar cookie recipe. After I had the cookie dough ready I decided to give the dough a little color by adding a little leaf green and lemon yellow icing color. I was hoping it would give them that spooky witch look I was going for, and it did.
After the dough was ready I had to prep the pan. To make sure I didnâ€™t have any issues getting these fingers to pop right out of the pan, I used a little Bake Easyâ„˘ Non-Stick Spray. Just put a liberal coating on the pan being sure to cover everything, all the little nooks and crannies. At first I had trouble getting the dough to evenly fill each of the pan cavities, but once I figured out to roll them into a log shape about the same width of the finger cavities I had no issues.
Put the cookie pan directly on the rack in the oven at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes until the backside of the cookies turn light brown around the edges. Once they are done, let them sit for at least 5 minutes – I discovered that the hard way. My mom would say patience is not one of my virtues. After they rest for 5 minutes, turn your slightly cooled cookies out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
As my cookies cooled, I set out to decide on how I wanted to finish my fingers. I liked the look of painting the fingernails with candy melts. I melted some orange candy melts in a disposable decorating bag in the microwave. Once it was ready, I piped a little candy on each fingernail and smoothed it out with a brush set.
I am sold on these cookie pans, not only are they easy to use but they help us cookie challenged people to make a perfect cookie every time.