Woman goes viral while recreating dishes details on gravestones
8th October 2022

Heaven-sent delicacies! Woman goes viral by tracking down recipes written on GRAVESTONES across the US then recreating the dishes – from ‘Kay’s fudge’ to ‘spritz cookies’

  • Rosie Grant, from Los Angeles, California, loves history and baking, so she found a unique way to combine her two passions by tracking down graveyard recipes
  • The librarian’s baking journey began one year ago when she was an intern for a congressional cemetery and stumbled upon an article with a recipe from a grave
  • She has since recreated ‘spritz cookies’, a date nut bread and a fudge recipe, all from different cemeteries, and hopes to create a positive mindset around death
  • Social media users have flooded Rosie’s comment section with words of praise for the idea and even noted how ‘wholesome’ the gesture was 

A woman has found a unique source of specialty recipes, eschewing cookbooks in favor of cemeteries, where she tracks down gravestones that have food instructions engraved upon them. 

Rosie Grant, from Los Angeles, California, is a librarian and TikToker with a passion for baking and history;  in recent months, the gravestone enthusiast has found a very quirky way to combine her two passions by recreating recipes that she discovers inscribed on tombstones. 

Rosie has been committed to finding gravestones that detail delicious dishes as her social media is filled with clips of her hunting down the recipes and recreating them.  

The TikToker has made multiple dishes – including two favorites: ‘spritz cookies’ and fudge –  and the baker even travels across the country to find recipes, going from state to state to recreate the best cemetery dessert. 

Rosie Grant, from Los Angeles, California, has gone viral after discovering and recreating recipes written on gravestones


The librarian and TikToker has a clear passion for baking and cemeteries and has combined the two in the past year to share her favorite recipes with her followers

Rosie’s baking journey began one year ago when she was an intern for a congressional cemetery. 

She began using social media to post about the cemetery and quickly became enthralled by #GraveTok, which is filled with many other gravestone enthusiasts detailing their cemetery finds.   

Around the same time, Rosie was learning to cook and stumbled upon an article about the spritz cookie recipe left on a gravestone.  

After reading the article, she became determined to find more gravestone recipes.

She then posted a video captioned: ‘Going to start making recipes from gravestones.’ 

In the video, Rosie made the spritz cookies based on the ingredients she found in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. 

Although there were no instructions on the tombstones, the cookies turned out well and became of Rosie’s favorite and most famous recreations. 

Speaking to Guardian, Rosie noted the recipes weren’t that easy to come by and she has found most of them online. 

She said: ‘There are only about 10 so far that I’ve found, mostly through searching online.’ 

Rosie has used news reports, tweets and a sit called Find a Grave to discover the cemetery dishes. 

She has made many different dishes including snickerdoodle cookies, glazed blueberry pie, peach cobbler, fudge, spritz cookies and date nut bread. 

A recipe to die for! The spritz cookie recipe Rosie loves

While the gravestone didn’t detail exactly what to do, it did list the ingredients needed to make these delicious cookies: 

  • One cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • One teaspoon of vanilla 
  • One egg
  • Two and 1/4 cups of flour 
  • Half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of salt

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rosie said the first three graves she visited detailed the recipes of spritz cookies, date nut bread from a gravestone in Erie County, New York and a fudge recipe she discovered in Logan, Utah, which became one of her favorite’s. 

While speaking to BuzzFeed, Rosie noted that she has been sharing her dishes to decrease the stigma around mortality after learning about the ‘death positive community.’ 

‘[It’s] the idea that society is better if we understand our own mortality and change our mindsets so that [death is] like a celebration of our lives, rather than something to be feared or ignored. So that’s kind of where this whole thing came about.’ 

‘I’m personally very afraid of my own mortality. ‘So I think an end game for me is just getting some sort of comfort with [death] — even just conversations with my own family of like: ”Where do I want to be buried? How do I want to be memorialized?”

‘I feel like the gravestone recipes kind of lend itself to talking about really hard topics in an easier way.’

Although she has been working hard to recreate and discover the gravestone dishes, she noted that she has yet to find one on her own.  

‘I have not organically walked through a cemetery and found a recipe on my own, unfortunately.

‘I mean, that would be the dream someday.’ 

Eventually, Rosie’s dream is to visit all gravestones across the world that have recipes written on them.   

Social media users have flooded Rosie’s comment section with words of praise for the idea and even noted how ‘wholesome’ the gesture was. 

One user said: ‘Kinda amazing to envision how happy the recipes brought to each individual, obviously it was their love language and decided to share.’ 

Another user added: ‘I had no idea this was a thing and it’s such a beautiful idea – both that the recipes exist and that you’re making them.’ 

‘What a cool way to keep their legacy going,’ wrote one user. 

‘Something about this is just insanely wholesome. even after death they’re sharing their love,’ commented another user.

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