Craft a Snack: Cookie Dough Graveyard

Cooking in the kitchen with kids

By Erika Veduccio October 16, 2018

Welcome to our monthly feature called Craft a Snack; the place where we get messy and play with our food in the kitchen! 

Kids bored and hungry? No worries, let's get craftin' and snackin'!

Cookie Dough Graveyard 

This edible graveyard is the perfect Halloween party food and is a great way to connect and celebrate the Halloween season with kids! The recipe uses crushed chocolate cereal or graham crackers for the dirt and vanilla cookies filled with chocolate for the tombstones. The best part of this activity is piecing the graveyard together! My kids liked using licorice to create the spooky trees and the pumpkin candies and candy corn to create a graveyard look. Get creative!


  • Edible cookie dough (we used Big Dipper Cookie Dough)
  • 2 cups of chocolate cereal or four graham crackers
  • Candy corn and pumpkin candy
  • Licorice
  • Marshmallows
  • 6 oval vanilla and chocolate filled cookies (like Pepperidge Farms' Milano cookies)
  • Orange frosting
  • 1 container black glitter gel icing


  • Spread the edible cookie dough in the pan. We used a glass pie pan. 
  • Crush the chocolate cereal or graham crackers. We used to a zipper baggie to cut down on the mess. (This is the "dirt" you will use to cover the edible cookie dough.)

Marshmallow Ghosts

Use the candy corn as the body of the ghost. Place it in the dough where you want your ghosts. Then use the black glitter gel to make two eyes on your marshmallow -- the ghost "head." Then gently push the marshmallow "head" onto your candy corn "body."


The vanilla and chocolate filled cookies are a perfect shape to make tombstones. Write "RIP" (or whatever you wish!) on the "tombstones" and then push them into the cookie dough. We used orange frosting to help anchor the "tombstones" in the cookie dough.

Spooky Trees

Use scissors to cut black licorice sticks in half. Then, from the top, cut three parts. These are your "branches."

Use the candy corn and pumpkin candies to decorate and orange frosting to help anchor the decorations where needed.

Do we need to tell you what's next? Take pictures of your creation of course! Then dive in like the ghouls you are and gobble up your masterpiece. Yum!