Easy Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

Easy Witches' Finger Breadsticks | Cookie Monster Cooking

It’s time to get a little spooky here on the blog.  {insert scary halloween laugh here}  I’m going to let you just think of your own spooky laugh, since my husband tells me I sound like a weirdo when I attempt to do one.  Whatever.  I did my own version in the kitchen several times when I was making these breadsticks.  I think I was having a little too much fun … good thing he wasn’t home to see this all go down.

But anyway, I have a few fun treats ready to share with you for Halloween.  And we are going to start off with some savory recipes.  It’s so easy to get sucked into all the sweet treats for this holiday so I thought it would be a good idea to share some options that will make dinner (or lunch) just as spooky as dessert.

Easy Witches' Finger Breadsticks | Cookie Monster Cooking

And these witches’ finger breadsticks are the perfect place to start.  They are super easy to pull together – all you need is some pizza dough and a few other small ingredients.  They are fun (hence me making creepy Halloween laughs while I made these) and they are the perfect accompaniment to a number of main dishes.  Stay tuned later this week for a healthy spooky soup that pairs beautifully with these breadsticks.

Easy Witches' Finger Breadsticks | Cookie Monster Cooking

So are you ready for Halloween?  It’s time for us to bust out Emma’s squirrel costume.  I think it needs to make an appearance again this year … although I bet she disagrees with this statement.

Easy Witches’ Finger Breadsticks
 
Yield: 8 breadsticks
Ingredients
  • 1 ball pizza dough*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds, optional
  • 8 whole raw almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface. Using lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (mine were about 2 ounces each). Shape each piece into a rope about 9 to 10 inches long (if the dough keeps bouncing back too much, let the dough rest for about 10 minutes and then try again). Twist each rope so that there is a knot in the middle (which will become the knuckle). You can see a picture of the unbaked / shaped breadsticks that I posted on instagram here.
  3. Place the breadsticks on the prepared baking sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart. Let rest for about 20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and water. Brush each “finger” lightly with the mixture. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and / or poppy seeds, if desired (I did some with the seeds and left some plain). Press one almond into the end of each “finger” - be sure to press down hard or they will come off during baking.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Notes
*I used my homemade pizza dough to make these breadsticks. When making the pizza dough I added few dashes of dried herbs (basil, oregano, etc.). The herbs add a touch of flavor and give the fingers little green flecks throughout - which I thought was a nice touch to up the spooky factor (you can’t really see the flecks in the photos!).

Source:
Slightly adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.