If Halloween night were to find you in a misty graveyard, suddenly feeling the touch of ghoulish fingers on the back of your neck, those fingers would probably bear a strong resemblance to these creepy confections with red-stained blanched almonds standing in for fingernails. Let them beckon to you from beyond the grave, summoning you right over to their serving plate.
Since these sublime cookies rely on butter for much of their flavor, use the best quality creamery butter you can find. For decorative effect, pierce the top of each cookie to resemble buttonholes and sprinkle them with raw turbinado sugar before baking. The dough can be made a day or two in advance and can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.