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
1 H, 25 M
Special Equipment: piping bag; cross cookie cutter or card templates for cross-shaped headstones
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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.
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.
Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes Recipe © 2012 Annie Rigg. Photo © 2012 William Lingwood. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.