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Saturday, October 11, 2008

VeganMoFo - What's In *Your* Hot Dog?

The spirit of Halloweegan is taking over the blogosphere! Check out Lisa's (Show Me Vegan) Eyeball Martini, and aTxVegn Witch Salad! Pure Halloweegan awesomeness!

So what's with the hot dog title, you ask? We all know how disgusting hot dogs can be (except for veggie dogs). Who knows what kind of mystery meat they put in there, right? In the movie "The Naked Gun," some guy even found a finger in his hot dog. Blergh!

Mwahaha! Ladies and gentlemen, the cute food has left the building! If you find *anything* cute about this, then you should have your brain checked out by a professional. Le gross...

Ha! That's SICK! You've probably seen those butter cookies that look like fingers that are called "witches' fingers". That's what I was going to make. But then I was in the shower last night (for some reason I was thinking about how disgusting hot dogs were whilst I shampooed my hair) when I remembered that unforgettable scene from The Naked Gun. Then it hit me that these Halloweegan fingers had to look like hot dogs in a bun. Gross!

So here's how to make these disgusting-looking, yummy-tasting little treats. The fingers are pretty much the same as the Happy Vegan Ghosts and Pumpkins minus the chocolate (yes, I eat a lot of peanut butter). You will also need oval vanilla cookies, preferably vegan ladyfingers. Round cookies will work too, you will just have to cut them in half.

For the fingers:
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (cold)
2 tbsp maple syrup (or other syrup to taste)
2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of soy milk or other non-dairy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

Mix the peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla with an electric mixer. If the peanut butter mix is too dry and difficult to handle mix in the milk by the tablespoon. You don't want it to be too soft and sticky though, just soft enough to handle. It should feel a little like Play-Doh.

Take small chunks off the peanut butter mix and roll them between your hands to form six logs. The logs should be about 3 inches long and 3/4 inches wide.

Take one of your oval cookies (or round cookies cut in half, rounded side up) and gently press the log onto the bottom of the cookie. This will be half of your "hot dog" bun. Take another half and press it on the other side of the log to add the other half of your "bun". Both halves should meet (or come close) at the bottom like on my picture. Repeat with all six logs.

Now to shape the fingers, simply pinch one end of each log to make it more narrow and finger-like.

For the nails:
almond slices
strawberry jelly/jam (or other red colored jelly)

Dip almond slices in strawberry jelly and insert the dipped side into the pinched end of the logs. Gently press the almond slice into the peanut butter.

To finish it up, I took a toothpick and drew some knuckles on the top of each finger. You could squeeze some strawberry or raspberry jelly on top as if it was ketchup, but I didn't feel like it.


  1. Oooh, those look frighteningly delicious! :0)

  2. Those almost look too gross to eat... Almost! :)

  3. Love peanut butter...dont quite know if i could make them...although I would love to eat them...

  4. Eww, but yummm! haha when I first saw them I cringed but then when I heard what was in them =)

    What do the "buns" part of the recipe taste like? Are they sweet or just plain? I don't know why but they sound really good to me right now. Just a simple, plain cookie.

  5. Ahhh! Those are so great! If they weren't peanut butter I don't think I could take a bite.

    I get out of bed many nights to go write down food ideas.

  6. Oh... CREEPY nasty!... gotta go make some! Muahhahaha... :D Love it!

  7. Last year I saw these fingers for the first time and they sort of freaked me out. But at the same time, I was fascinated by them. Your version is so creative( of course :D)

  8. oh my gosh, River - those are totally creepy and i super love them! i also love naked gun and now i want to watch them all again and again! ahahahaha! yay! you're awesome, River! i love it all!

  9. Oh my dog! Those are so gross! I love it! You're a freaking genius! You should write a vegan holiday foods cookbook! Seriously!

  10. I second Shellyfish! With all of your great photos and ideas, you could definitly do a cookbook! Super-creepy fingers, just the way I like Halloween!

  11. I love 'em! You should so publish a Halloween Vegan Cookbook.

    "Scary Vegan Foods take over Halloween"?

  12. i'm not sure i could eat those without feeling awkward! haha.

  13. you are way too talented....
    i am repulsed yet intrigued all at once....
    deliciously grotesque....that is a hard combo to deliver nevermind master....
    is a vegan allowed to say i want to eat fingers?...
    well they are now...
    i want to eat fingers :)

  14. Ack! Those look completely disgusting!!! I really wish I had kids, because I would so make these with them.

  15. OMG those are too creepy. I'd still eat it.

  16. AWESOME!!
    I get lots of ideas whilst laying in bed at night - I am most creative at night time.

  17. Hi River,

    You are right, these cookies are a far cry from cute. On the plus side, they show that you have a pretty awesome sense of humor.

  18. Yep, Gross, but way to go! They look very real. :o)

  19. Not cute, not cute at all! But they sound yummy :)

  20. That is so perfectly disgusting! And so creative :)

  21. ahhh River!!! They look so so so grossssssssssssssssss.

    You are amazing. I love your blog so very much.

  22. You're totally the vegan Martha Stewart lately! I love it! Gross though finger dogs may be, I'd glady stick of those fingers in my mouth!

  23. these look so gross haha but in a good way. i would have to close my eyes to eat one

  24. I clicked on your blog's name in Google Reader and was thinking to myself "can't wait to see what cutesy stuff she made up this time" and then I quickly thought 'Yuk, what is THAT?' ;-)

  25. You are so creative. Those look tasty, creepy, and fun to me, all at the same time.

  26. eww.....

    I'm not being insulting or anything..they're just so..ew...creative tho. ;P

  27. I think you did a tremendous job on these fingers. They're so creative, but I can't imagine biting into one! Eek!

  28. those are so disgusting looking. which is AWESOME! the strawberry "blood" dripping out of the nails looked really nasty.

    at first I thought that you had whittled down hot dogs :)

    I think the knuckles need some very fine coconut hair on them.