Watching Jeopardy I learnt about the Shakespeare Mas in which brightly dressed Peirrots engage in a battle of wits using only lines from Shakespearean plays. The competitor
without a quick reply earns a playful stroke from his opponent's stick. I assume that should be Pierrots. This takes place in Carriacou in the Caribbean and is part of their festival. which takes place before Lent. That would be absolutely fascinating and I would love to be there. I couldn’t do it any more but I was pretty good at Shakespeare once upon a time.
I posted these cookies for Hallowe’en last year but thought I would do so again, they are such fun.
Broken Finger CookiesFood Network
“Fingernails” made from almonds or banana chips add a realistic touch. But avoid the nuts if allergy is an issue.
Courtesy of Jennifer Low
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons red cake-decorating sugar
- 20 whole blanched almonds OR 20 pieces banana chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat until mixture is no longer “scratchy” sounding against bowl. Beat in egg, vanilla and salt.
- In separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder (tip for measuring flour: stir flour, spoon into measuring cup, then level).
- Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
- Switch to working in flour mixture with hands when dough gets too stiff to beat.
- Knead into smooth dough. Roll into 3/4-inch thick “ropes”. Break ropes into 3-inch sections. Pat one end smooth. Dip tip of other end of each piece into milk then red sugar.
- Place on lined baking sheet. Pressing in sides of rope to prevent flattening, insert almond or piece of banana chip into rounded end. Repeat process to make 20 fingers.
- Bake on middle rack of oven 17 minutes, or until dough is lightly golden.