Graveyard Cupcakes

These Halloween cupcakes are the perfect Halloween party desserts. Cookies and cream cupcakes are topped with a creamy white frosting, chocolate crumbles, and chocolate tombstones to look just like a graveyard. Top your spooky cupcakes with candy pumpkins and a chocolate tree to finish the look.

Start To Finish Time:
2 hrs
12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes


  • 12 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling

  • 1 ½ cup canned creamy white frosting

  • cup chocolate-flavor candy coating disks

  • 12 Cookies and Cream Cupcakes or other 2-1/2-inch cupcakes in paper bake cups

  • Candy pumpkins (optional)

  • Green food coloring (optional)

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

  • 12 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling

  • 1 package 2-layer-size white cake mix

  • Milk


  1. Split cookies in half. Remove and discard filling. Using a serrated knife, cut three sides from each of 12 of the cookie halves to make tombstone shapes. Crush remaining cookies and trimmings. Place about 1/4 cup of the Creamy White Frosting in a heavy resealable plastic bag; seal. Snip off a small piece from one corner. On the flat sides of tombstones, pipe RIP, BOO!, or other messages.

  2. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a large baking sheet. In a small microwave-safe bowl microwave candy coating on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds. Stir; microwave for 20 to 30 seconds more or until completely melted. Place in a heavy resealable plastic bag; seal. Snip off a small piece from one corner. On the prepared baking sheet pipe 12 small leafless trees, each 3 to 4 inches tall (make them thick so they won't break when hardened). If desired, make extra trees in case one or two break. Chill in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens.

  3. Meanwhile, generously frost tops of cupcakes. Carefully insert a cookie tombstone into frosting on each cupcake. Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to make a small hole in each cupcake top. Carefully peel chocolate trees from waxed paper and insert into holes on cupcake tops; if necessary, use frosting to secure trees. If desired, place a candy pumpkin on top of some of the cupcakes.

  4. If desired, tint about 1/4 cup frosting with green food coloring. Place in a heavy resealable plastic bag; seal. Snip off a small piece from one corner. Using quick upward motions, pipe grass accents on either side of the tombstones and around tree and on pumpkins. Sprinkle cupcakes with the crushed cookies. Serve immediately or store at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Place chocolate sandwich cookies in a resealable plastic bag; use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat mallet to coarsely crush cookies. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except use milk in place of the water. Stir crushed cookies into cake batter. Fill muffin cups; bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

    Graveyard Cupcakes
    Kritsada Panichgul

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
16g Fat
52g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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