Halloween Tombstone Treats

"Really cute rice crispy treat squares with decorated tombstones on top, coconut "grass" and candy pumpkins! Original recipe came from the Oct/Nov 2006 Taste of Home issue. (*See my notes if making for small children!)"
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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16 tombstones


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 12 - 7 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 23 cup flour
  • 32 wooden toothpicks
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 12 cups flaked coconut
  • black decorating gel
  • vanilla frosting
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 16 decorative candies, pumpkins


  • In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter.
  • Stir in marshmallows until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cereal til well-coated. (*Iused 6 1/2 cups because I think they come out less dry.And they hold up better if they have to sit out for awhile). The original recipe called for 7 1/2, but what i used worked out really well!).
  • Press into a greased 13x9x2 pan with a buttered spatula. Cool.
  • In large mixing bowl, beat cookie dough and flour til well mixed.(*You do have to add the flour, otherwise that store-bought dough is really awful -- very sticky!).
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll dough into a 6" x 16" rectangle.
  • Cut into 16 small rectangles. 2 rows of 8. Each one being 3" x 2".
  • You can trim tops (2" side)with a paring knife to resemble the top of a tombstone cutting an arch if desired.
  • Place each tombstone onto ugreased baking sheets 2" apart.
  • *Optional, along bottom edge (bottom 2" side)of each cookie, insert 2 toothpicks halfway into the dough. **If these will be for small children, I recommend not doing this. (My owm alternative directions to follow.).
  • Bake cookies at 350º for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.(*Mine took 13-14 minutes.)But mine were probably a little thicker than the original recipe. It had said to roll out and hand-cut each cookie with a paring knife around a waxed paper pattern -- (Cutting them into rectangles from a large rectangle was MUCH easier! And made more sense to me.)Then just simply trim the tops to whatever shape/style you want.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In large plastic ziploc bag, combine water and green food coloring.
  • Add coconut, seal bag shut, and shake to coat.
  • Toast coconut, set aside. (Optional.)I didn't, it was fine.
  • Using black gel, tint frosting gray. (*I used one whole small tube and it was barely gray, but ok.).
  • Frost cookies, decorate tombstones with more black gel. (*The black gel for writing didn't work for me! I had to scrape it off, refrost the ones I wrecked, and just used chocolate frosting instead for the writing part. That worked perfectly for me.).
  • Cut cereal bars into 3"x2" rectangles.
  • Spread with melted chocolate chips. (*I didn't do this, I used frosting instead.)BUT! See further instructions!
  • Insert cookies into rice crispy treats sticking the toothpicks down in to hold up the cookie.
  • Do this on the edge of one long side.
  • *If you aren't using toothpicks, pipe a thick bead of melted chocolate chips on wide edge and hold in place til set. Or do on waxed paper, which is how i ended up doing this, and lay them down with the cookie pressed against it so you don't have to hold it. Refrigerate til set.(30 minutes was all it took.) Remove from waxed paper carefully.
  • (*I then opted to use the rest of the chocolate frosting to frost the tops of the exposed rice crispy treats part. Pressed the pumpkin into the frosting, then sprinkled with coconut.).
  • Decorate with coconut for "grass", and candy pumpkins.
  • Makes 16 "Tombstones".

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  1. Nak711
    This was such a fun and easy Halloween treat! I had too many little ones coming to our party and didn't want to use toothpicks to anchor the tombstone cookies. I cut the rice krispie treats in two parts and dipped one end on each piece into the chocolate. I then placed the cookie in between the two chocolate dipped ends and pressed them together with the cookie sandwiched in between them. This was soo easy and worked great because the chocolate hardens once dried. Plus, once you cover the chocolate with coconut grass, you cannot see any excess chocolate.
  2. Sue Tip
    I used lemon and strawberry Gluten free glutino wafer cookies as the tombstones and iced over them. Everything else was th same. It was very doable and really is a standout holiday treat!
  3. heather_werner
    Loved these. I had a tombstone cookie cutter so I used that instead of making my own tombstones. These were delicious and the rice krispy treats turned out perfect. The trick is really to put your stove on the lowest heat and wait and wait. It takes forever, but this will give you soft and chewy rice krispy's as apposed to hard ones. The hardest part for me was sticking the toothpicked cookies into the rice krispy treats without messing up the frosting on the cookies. Great recipe though
  4. Cuteynudie
    This makes a very cute presentation but if you live in a moist state like Florida you might have a problem. I bought the store bought cookie dough and it did not need any extra flour. As the cookies bake they really spreads out. As soon as they come out of the oven I had to trim them all to look like head stones again because they looked like blobs. Work quickly they set up fast. After frosting the cookies they became very most and some broke. As for writing with the gel, I also tried using a toothpick but it was a pain so I went to my trusty piping bag and used Royal frosting to write on the cookies. All in all it came out well, I put the broke cookies across the tombstones and it actually looked more authentic. The guests were thrilled and how can rice crispy treats attached to a sugar cookie not taste good? Thanks for the recipe.
  5. CookieMonster2323
    I was so looking forward to attempting these even though I was somewhat intimidated by the challenge, but I was amazed by how easy they actually were to make! The results are so impressive and everyone loved them! The other thing that impressed me was how much I enjoyed the flavors of the Rice Krispy bar with the chocolate and the coconut (I left it un-toasted too-it was still fabulous!)-delicious! It was fun coming up with different sayings for the tombstones and this ended up being one of my favorite new recipes for the Halloween season. Thanks so much for the fun recipe and the nummy treats!


  1. Mysterygirl
    These are great. I made them up for a co-worker's 50th birthday party. Really cute idea. I had some issues getting the cookies to not spread out too much. Instead of toothpicks I used royal icing (Mirj's recipe) which worked great to hold the tombstones up.
  2. aemarti23
    Ok, I Absolutely LOVED this recipe. I sent these to my son's Kindergarten Class before Halloween and they were so excited about them that they didn't want to eat them. I also changed it up a bit. Instead of using cookies as a head stone, I used Halloween Graveyard Goodies which were little headstones with an extra treat inside. Absolutely Perfect. No baking involved. Also instead of using frosting for the coconut to stick, I used the marshmallow Fluff. Overall, I recommend these to anyone. Very simple and yet so appealing. thanks.
  3. Cookie16
    This is such a cute idea. I'm always afraid to try things like this because they never work but this one was GREAT!! I used icing instead of chocolate chips and Gingerbread cookies instead of sugar cookies. Otherwise followed directions. Thanks Wildflour!!


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