Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes. These no-bake dirt cakes are a spooky Halloween spin on a summer favorite. Vanilla Greek yogurt layered with crushed walnut and cookie “dirt,” topped with white chocolate dipped walnut gravestones.

Who wouldn’t want to dig right in to these ghastly creations?!

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What do I look for in a party-friendly Halloween sweet treat?

  • Is it spooky?
  • Is it fun to eat?
  • Is it kid-friendly?
  • Is it tasty and decadent?
  • Are there some good-for-you ingredients?

These Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes have all five of these characteristics and they’re fun (and easy) to make! The yogurt packs a protein and calcium punch and the walnuts provide an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (the only nut that does so!), as well as providing protein and fiber. Walnuts add great flavor and a delicious crunch to this Halloween dessert.

Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes via JennySheaRawn.comCan you believe Halloween is just around the corner?! Anyone dressing up? I cannot remember the last time I dressed up. I think it was in college, maybe even high school. I’ve never been one to get excited about Halloween and dressing up. I know that’s all going to be changing soon though, because I have a feeling Lucca’s going to want momma and daddy to be dressing up with him next year when he understands Halloween a bit more. So, we likely have one more year until the adults are going to be donning costumes. But, Lucca and Lexi will be dressing up this year. Lucca’s been practicing his “ROAR” … guesses on what he’s going to be?! And Lexi, in newborn fashion, will be a cute little chubby pumpkin.

Even though I never liked dressing up, I did and do like the candy. At least the first night. After the first night, I remember hating how all the candy started tasting funky – the sugar candies had a chocolate flavor and the chocolate took on the sugar scent and smell. Doesn’t it? Not sure if we’ll be going trick-or-treating this year. It depends on if Lucca seems interested – he doesn’t yet understand what trick-or-treating means, so we’ll likely just  visit a couple houses in the neighborhood. We’ll probably be out for maybe 20 minutes and then come home and treat ourselves to these cute little spooky dirt cakes.

Make these Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakesfor your upcoming Halloween parties – or treat your family to them on Halloween eve.

Happy Halloween … from our family to yours!

Here’s how to make these Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes:

Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 mini dirt cakes

Serving Size: 1 mini dirt cake

Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes


  • 2.5 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
  • 8 California walnut halves
  • 1 small tube black decorating gel
  • 3 cups vanilla whole milk yogurt
  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/2 cup California walnut halves


  1. GRAVESTONES: Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper. Place white chocolate in a small microwave safe dish. Heat chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring with a spoon between each interval, until white chocolate is almost melted (you don’t want the chocolate to burn). Stir chocolate vigorously until all wafers are melted. Using a fork, dip each walnut half into the chocolate, cover with chocolate, then remove, shaking excess back into the bowl. Place walnut halves onto wax paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Remove halves from refrigerator and write the letters “RIP” on each walnut half using the black decorating gel.
  2. GRAVEYARDS: Layer yogurt at the bottom of four short and wide mason jars or glass bowls. Add cookies and walnut halves to a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form, about one minute. Spoon crumbs overtop yogurt. Place two gravestones in each mason jar graveyard. Serve or refrigerate until serving.
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