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This Woman Makes The Family Recipes That People Put On Their Tombstones — And It Makes A Very Unusual TikTok Page

There are many aspects to TikTok – from true crime to dancing to cooking. Some TikTok accounts are quirky, like Rosie Grant, an intersection of two very different niches: baking and graveyard.

It started as an assignment for grad school. She was in the School of Library Science at the University of Maryland and took a class on content creation, where she got the unusual assignment of building a TikTok page from scratch.

Grant already had an internship at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, working in their Digital Archives Department. So, he decided to use it as inspiration. On his @ghostlyarchive TikTok, he began baking recipes that people carve on their gravestones.

“It ended up being that there’s a huge audience for ‘Gravtock’ and ‘Graveyard TikTok,'” Grant told CBS News. “I saw this gravestone for Naomi Miller-Dawson and it was beautiful, it’s like an open book.” The book design featured a recipe for spritz cookies, made using a cookie press.

Rosie Grant makes recipes that people etch into their gravestones—like this one for spritz cookies on Naomi Miller-Dawson’s grave.

Rosie Grant


“And I tried it, I posted it on TikTok and it blew up in a pretty amazing way. And so I found more and just kept doing it,” she said.

After her first video went viral, Grant began searching for more, and viewers began sending her photos of the family tombstone adorned with family dishes.

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Rosie Grant creates the family recipes that people put on their gravestones – and it makes for a very unique TikTok page called @ghostlyarchives.

Rosie Grant


She’s created 17 gravestone recipes so far, including snickerdoodles, fudge, and meatloaf. But whatever be the recipe, its videos attract people.

Many people comment on what they would like to have on their own tombstone. Grant said, “Some have been like the mac and cheese. Others have been the Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme. It’s very tempting and all the dishes are very different.”

“It’s not like oh, everyone has a cheesecake recipe,” she said. “Each one of the graves is a little different from the other. It’s great.”

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Rosie Grant creates 17 gravestone recipes – from fudge to meatloaf.

Rosie Grant


Grant has 114,400 followers and 4.7 million likes on TikTok. He said that his TikTok provides a way for people to honor their dead relatives. And even though baking and cemeteries are two niches you might not expect to go together, a lot of people belong on her page.

“We do essentially two things in life, we eat and then we die someday. And it’s a strange shared experience,” she said. “And I think, if anything, it’s the most interesting comments to me, either people reflecting, ‘That’s how I want to be remembered’ or ‘Yeah, now I’m talking about my grandparents. thinking, and this is what he made every day and I think of him every time I make that.'”

“I have no words for how interesting and amazing it is to see how other people engage with these topics,” she said.

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