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Creepy Halloween fingers with bloody nails and liver spots! This poppy seed shortbread recipe adds some nice liver spots to the fingers. If you use red or purple jam to adhere the almond slivers, it will give them an added bloody look. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

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20 mins
7 mins
40 mins
1 hr 7 mins
30 cookies


Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Whisk flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Beat butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract and whiskey. Add the flour mixture; beat until dough is just combined and crumbly.

  • Chill dough in the refrigerator until set, about 10 minutes.

  • Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll 1 portion of dough into a tube on a floured work surface; cut into 1-inch pieces. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Flatten dough pieces to about 2 inches long and 3/4-inch wide.

  • Press the flat side of a butter knife into 1 end of the dough pieces to make a small dent; dot with jam. Place almond slivers onto jam. Score 2 sets of slits with a knife to create knuckles.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 7 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cook completely, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add green food coloring to the dough in step 3 for a witchy look if desired.

Nutrition Facts

70 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 8.8g; fat 3.4g; cholesterol 8.1mg; sodium 48.1mg. Full Nutrition