Graveyard Cupcakes

These spooky graveyard Halloween cupcakes are made from your favorite sugar cookie, cupcakes (even store-bought), royal icing, and chocolate cookie crumbs. Make sure the kids help you with these!

Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Stressed out by Halloween? We understand. Simply make the cookie headstones the day before you’re serving the cupcakes. To give the graves an extra-spooky look, find cupcake wrappers with a Halloween design–pumpkins or picket fences, haunted houses, ghosts. You got this, mom. Originally published .–David Leite

Special Equipment: piping bag; cross cookie cutter or card templates for cross-shaped headstones

Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • Makes 12



  • Mix the cookie dough
  • 1. Make the cookie dough recipe, cover, and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or according to the recipe instructions.
  • Bake or unwrap the cupcakes
  • 2. Meanwhile, make and bake your cupcake recipe, using a standard 12-hole muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack. Or…pull 12 cupcakes out of their supermarket packaging. (Toss the package before those wicked judgy moms at school ever find out, naturally.)
  • Bake and decorate the cross cookies
  • 3. When the cookie dough is ready, arrange a rack in the center position and crank the oven up to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 4. 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, but a couple extras are good in case of breakages.
  • 5. 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 and pipe an outline 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 cupcakes
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Cover the top of each cupcake with the chocolate frosting, scatter the crushed cookies over the top, and insert the bottom of the headstone, er, cross-shaped cookie headstone, into the cupcake. If desired, decorate with mini pumpkins.
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