As someone who hosts parties regularly, let me tell you this graveyard frosting board is one of the best desserts you can make for a Halloween party. Just like with any Halloween dessert board, it has a variety of sweet treats like cake, cookies, and donuts – but in this case, it also comes with frosting to dip those treats in!
Frosting boards are the newest trend that I hope never go out of style because they’re easily themed, look great, and taste even better. Plus, this one is a dirt and worms frosting board so if you’re an Oreo or dirt cake fan, you’re going to love this one!
Choosing what party food to make can be tricky, especially when we’re talking about Halloween parties where you can go either spooky or yummy! I’ve shared plenty of Halloween party ideas in the past, but this dirt and worms frosting board may be my new favorite because it’s both spooktacular to look at while still tasting good!
For those of you who are new to the idea of a frosting board, think of a traditional charcuterie board, okay really dessert board, with all of your favorite treats instead of meats and cheeses. But the cool part about frosting boards is that in the center there’s a layer of frosting for you to dip all of the festive treats into instead of bowls with dips and spreads.
Want something less sweet? Try this Halloween snack board instead!
Why You’ll Love This fun treat
- Eye-catching – since we eat with our eyes first, it’s important that the food looks as good as it tastes. This dirt and worms frosting board looks like a fun graveyard that is ready to be the center piece to any Halloween food table.
- Something for everyone – with a variety of cookies, cake pieces, and other delicious sweets anyone will find something they enjoy eating.
- Easy recipe – as a regular party host, I know that easy recipes are essential. No one has time to spend hours in the kitchen when there are activities to plan, classrooms to decorate, and favors to assemble. This recipe makes it easy to provide great food without spending your whole day working on it.
The most important to thing to note about the ingredients is that there are really only three ingredients that are a must do this recipe:
- Oreos – this is my go-to choice when making edible dirt, but chocolate graham crackers or another hard chocolate cookie would work as well.
- Chocolate frosting – I use store-bought chocolate frosting but any of your favorite frosting recipes will work. You can also change the flavor as long as you are okay with the dirt not being brown under the Oreo crumble.
- Gummy worms – mini, sour, or regular gummy worms work for this. Or any type of gummy crawler.
Outside of that, I’ve included a list in the recipe card of all of the ingredients that I used for my frosting board, but you can use your favorite cookies, pound cake, pretzel sticks, or anything else your sweet tooth might want!
So for example, switch out the cosmic brownies with these homemade brownies or the Little Debbie cookies with these chocolate chip pudding cookies. As long as it’s dirt colored or is something that might be found in the dirt (like the gummy worms), it’s fair game!
To decorate my board, I used:
- Candy eyes – again these candy eyes can be omitted but I prefer it since it makes it more fun and colorful!
- Tombstone Icing Decorations – find edible ones here or use a printable cupcake topped like this instead.
- Ghost Icing Decorations – easily use ones like this or use ghost peeps instead!
- Treats like Little Debbie chocolate cookies, chocolate bundt cakes, brownie bites, actual brownies, and more.
- Chocolate candies like Hershey’s chocolate bars, Kit-Kats, and chocolate covered pretzels.
If you need some more options to add to your board and want to stick to homemade goodies, these are some of our favorite recipes that would work perfectly with this dirt and worms frosting board!
how to Make this fun frosting board
The hardest part about making a frosting board is choosing the right board. I opted for a square shape like this, but you can choose whatever pretty serving tray or board you want.
Once you have picked the board and prepped all of the snacks, you are ready to assemble.
I wrote detailed instructions on how I did my board for those of you who want to replicate it exactly. Don’t be afraid to change things up from how I do it.
No two boards ever look the same, so this is a great time to be creative and arrange the board with what works best for you.
With that in mind, let’s get started making this chocolate buttercream board.
1 – Frost the Board
- Spread the whole container of chocolate frosting onto the center of the tray. Use a rubber spatula to evenly smooth it out or pipe it on using a piping bag.
- Crush 10 Oreo cookies. To do this place them in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. You can also do this in a food processor if you prefer. They don’t need to be fine crumbs just crushed chunks. Set the crumbs aside to use later.
- Sprinkle the crushed Oreos over the frosting on the tray.
2 – Fill The Board
- Start to fill the outside of the board with sweet treats to dip into the frosting board. Start by adding fudge rounds to the top left corner as well as the bottom right corner.
- Add the little Debbie Frosted Fudge Cakes in the top right corner and the bottom left corner opposite the fudge rounds.
- Use different treats to fill in the outside edges of the board. I used brownie bites, mini bundt cakes, and cosmic brownies. Homemade brownies or mini brownies could also be good here. Again, this is a great way to get creative with your board.
- Add mini Oreos into any gaps that might still be on the board.
4 – Finish the Frosting Board
- Sprinkle colorful sprinkles over the Oreo dirt if desired.
- Add the gummy worms all over the board and place ghosts and tombstones on the frosting where you want them.
- Add a serving spoon or frosting knife to finish it off.
Just like any other frosting board, this Halloween frosting board is best served at room temperature. If the frosting gets too cold, it will be hard to scoop onto your favorite Halloween treats! And if it gets too warm, it will just melt all over the place.
Expert Tips and Storage Info
To store this holiday frosting board, remove the dry foods and place them in an airtight container. Plastic wrap the remaining frosting on the tray or move it to a container to use again later. Place perishable items in the fridge.
To use a different flavor frosting but still get the same look, add brown or black food coloring to the frosting in a mixing bowl before spreading it on the board.
To avoid excess mess, you can also line your wooden board or serving tray with parchment paper before adding frosting. This will make it much easier to clean.
An easy way to balance out the sweet twist of a frosting board is to add a few salty items such as pretzels. The salt flavor will help keep the board from being too sweet.
If you have leftovers, you can serve them again as a frosting board or you can use the snacks individually as you would like.
You can make a frosting board for any occasion. Easily make a Christmas tree frosting board, a funfetti birthday board, or Easter buttercream board.
You can make it ahead of time as long as you wrap it in plastic wrap and store it properly. If you are choosing to use any fresh fruits I would put those on right before serving. If you do put it in the fridge, remember to remove an hour before serving so it can be served at room temperature.
If the frosting runs out before the other items, don’t stress. You can easily add more frosting as needed throughout the night. Also it’s important to remember that everything that pairs well with frosting is delicious on its own.
More Easy Halloween Treats
Serve up this Halloween frosting board alongside these other popular Halloween recipes!
- Halloween pretzels – these cute Halloween pretzels are simple to make and fun to eat!
- Graveyard cake – keep up the theme of dirt and worms with this Halloween dirt poke cake!
- Halloween bark – use over any of those leftover gummy worms of Halloween sprinkles to make this sweet and salty Halloween bark!
- Dirt cups – the perfect way to serve your favorite dirt cake, in these graveyard dirt cups!
- Witch cookies – these cute cookies only take 3-ingredients and look just like witch hats!
Dirt and Worms Frosting Board
- 20 Oreo cookies divided
- 1 tub chocolate frosting
- 4 Little Debbie Fudge Rounds
- 4 Little Debbie Frosted Fudge Cakes
- 4 Hostess Chocolate Bundt Cakes
- 4 Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies
- 4 cosmic brownies
- 8 brownie bites
- chocolate donut holes
- chocolate covered pretzels
- 2 mini chocolate cupcakes
- 2 Hershey Chocolate Bars
- 24 mini OREO Cookies
- Nonpareil Halloween Sprinkles
- candy eyes
- 2 tombstone candy decorations
- 2 ghost candy decorations
- 8 gummy worms
- Begin by crushing 10 Oreo cookies.20 Oreo cookies
- On a serving tray spread a whole container of chocolate frosting. Spread it into the center of the tray.1 tub chocolate frosting
- Evenly sprinkle the crushed Oreo over the frosting on the tray.
- Fill the outside of the board with sweet treats to dip into the frosting board. Start by adding fudge rounds to the top left corner as well as the bottom right corner.4 Little Debbie Fudge Rounds
- Then add the little Debbie frosted fudge Cakes in the top right corner, and the bottom left corner.4 Little Debbie Frosted Fudge Cakes
- Use different treats to fill in the outside edges of the board such as brownie bites, mini bundt cakes, and cosmic brownies.4 Hostess Chocolate Bundt Cakes, 4 Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies, 8 brownie bites, chocolate donut holes, chocolate covered pretzels, 2 mini chocolate cupcakes, 2 Hershey Chocolate Bars, 4 cosmic brownies
- Add mini Oreos into any gaps that might still be on the board. Then add sprinkles onto the crushed Oreo in the middle of the board. To give the board a Halloween feel draw little ghost and tombs in the center of the frosting.24 mini OREO Cookies, Nonpareil Halloween Sprinkles, candy eyes, 2 tombstone candy decorations, 2 ghost candy decorations
- To finish the board sprinkle the gummy worms all over the board.8 gummy worms