Halloween Shortbread Poppy Seed Cookie Fingers

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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
30 cookies


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon whiskey

  • 1 tablespoon fruit jam

  • 30 almond slices


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 (per serving)

70 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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