Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

These graveyard halloween cupcakes are made with your favorite sugar cookie, cupcakes (you can even take a shortcut and use store-bought), royal icing, and chocolate cookie crumbs. Finally, a kitchen project the kids won’t help making!

Three graveyard Halloween cupcakes with mini pumpkin candies and crosses on a piece of slate.

These adorable—and not crazily intensive—graveyard Halloween cupcakes are deceptively easy to make. The cupcakes and frosting can be homemade or store-bought. Same goes for the cookie dough you use for the gravestones. And you can enlist the kids’ help in decorating the cookies and in crushing store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies to make the graveyard dirt. To give the graves an extra-spooky look, add any creepy candy you can find. You got this, mom.–David Leite

Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • Makes 12
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Special Equipment: piping bag; cross cookie cutter or card templates for cross-shaped headstones



Make the cookie gravestones

Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 2 hours.

When the cookie dough is ready, arrange a rack in the center position and crank the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lightly dust a clean, dry surface with flour and roll the cookie dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a cross cookie cutter or place a cross template on the dough and carefully cut around it with a small, sharp knife. You’ll need 12 crosses total.

Tester tip: It’s a good idea to bake a couple more than a dozen cookies in case of accidental breakage.

To decorate, thin the royal icing if necessary to create a consistency for writing and tint it black with a smidgen of the food coloring paste. Spoon the icing into a piping bag or into a resealable plastic bag and use scissors to snip off one of the very bottom corners. Pipe an outline of frosting around each cross-shaped cookie headstone. Pipe dates or names on the headstones, too, if you like. Let the icing set.

Frost and assemble the graveyard Halloween cupcakes

Crush the Oreo cookies finely in a food processor or put them in a resealable plastic bag, seal, and crush with a rolling pin. They should be fine enough to resemble dirt.

Scatter the crushed cookies over each cupcake and firmly but gently insert the bottom of a cross-shaped cookie into each cupcake. If desired, decorate the cupcakes with candy. Originally published Oct 6, 2013.

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