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
  • 1 ball pizza dough*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds, optional
  • 8 whole raw almonds
  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.
*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!).

Slightly adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.


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  1. OMG these are awesome

  2. Oh so fun and spooky ;) Love that its savory instead of sweet!

  3. This is so perfect for Halloween! You are so creative Ashley. I really want to take a bite of that finger! ;) Thank you for this recipe. Have a great rest of the week!

  4. Ashley,you win a prize in the incredibly creative bread stick category! I am the odd one who loves Halloween, but just the cute stuff (as in Wendy the friendly witch and Casper the ghost and dogs in squirrel costumes). The scary and gory stuff is really scary and gory! I was laughing out loud at the Emma and her costume sequence of photos. My Pax would have that adorable costume in shreds (and probably half eaten) in less than a minute. :)

  5. I must agree! There are far too many sweet eats centered around Halloween. With all the candy, we need more savory! These breadsticks look like a perfect place to start.

  6. These finger breadsticks are hysterical! Love! Definitely need to share them with my 2 young nephews because they will get a kick out of them. :)

  7. Ahhh these are so cute! Perfect for Halloween!! I bet kids would love em! (and adults too! )

  8. They look creepily GOOD, my dear cookie monster :-))

  9. Love these! The almond fingernails look fantastic.

  10. I knew you were up to something good when I saw these posted on Instagram. They are so perfect for Halloween- creepy and fun!

  11. When I saw this picture on Instagram I knew they were going to be good and they sure didn’t disappoint! I’m in love with these! Amazing!

  12. OMG I can barely handle how much they look like fingers: you’re giving me goosebumps over here, Ashley! But I do love carbs in all their forms – even if they are witches’ fingers! Heehee so festive. :D

  13. Oh god, I absolutely love these, Ashley! I’m thinking they need a “bloody” marinara dipping sauce… or is that taking it too far (lol)?

  14. Yikes, those are perfectly creepy, Ashley! But that would not stop me from picking one up and chomping right on that finger since I’m sure it’s yummy. : )

  15. Jo @ The Contented Baker says:

    Ashley, these are genius!! I love them. Had me chuckling in my kitchen. The almonds for nails are so authentic too – just brilliant!!

  16. Hehe, my hubby makes fun of my spooky Halloween laugh too. These finger breadsticks look like they were so much fun to make – love the added knuckle touch – that’s genius! The almond nails look so realistic too – great job on these Ashley :)
    Aaw, and I love Emma’s squirrel costume – she looks adorable in it! Can’t wait to see what other spooky treats you have next for us :) Have a great Monday!

  17. Oh my word, that squirrel costume! So cute precious. And those witches’ fingers are very realistic! Wonderful job!

  18. These are SO cute!!! You are way too creative..I’m jealous! ;)

  19. Bah! How funny are these?! Such a cute idea.

    Don’t worry, I sound like a weirdo when I try to do a spooky laugh too. It’s gets the point across, right? That’s all that matters.

    OMG- I love that squirrel costume!! I am dying, that’s hilarious. Coco love/hates squirrels too! :)

  20. What an original idea for Halloween! I love that it is bread instead of the usual candy (not that I don’t like that, I looove candy!), because that makes these even more special. They look so fun :D

  21. Love that witch’s fingernails! These are creepy but in a strange way they look really tasty. That’s what Halloween is all about right? These would be a huge hit with my kids!

  22. Hahha, I can just imagine you in your kitchen making creeppy Halloween laughs. Those laughs are quite possibly the best part of Halloween. These breadsticks are so creative, and would make a great side anytime of the year (although I would probably omit the nails for Christmas ;))

  23. Oh my — these are so delightfully creepy! Love your creative use of ingredients on these — especially the almond nails.

    BTW, I have a feeling my creepy/witch laugh would make me sound like a weirdo, too! I’ve never been good at impressions, haha.

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