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Recipes from the distant past! Woman goes viral as she mimics details of dishes on tombstones

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

A woman has found a unique source of specialty recipes, eschewing cookbooks in favor of cemeteries, where she locates gravestones engraved with food instructions.

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

Rosie has made an effort to find tombstones with delicious dishes, while her social media is full of clips of her quest to find the recipes and recreate 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, of Los Angeles, California, has gone viral after discovering and recreating recipes written on tombstones

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

The librarian and TikToker have a clear passion for bins and cemeteries

The librarian and TikToker have a clear passion for bins and cemeteries

She's been combining the two for the past year to share her favorite recipes with her followers

She's been combining the two for the past year to share her favorite recipes with her followers

The librarian and TikToker have an obvious passion for baking and cemeteries and have combined the two over the past year to share her favorite recipes with her followers

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

She started using social media to post about the cemetery and soon became captivated by #GraveTokwhich is filled with many other tombstone enthusiasts detailing their cemetery finds.

Around the same time, Rosie was learning to cook and came across an article about the spritz cookie recipe that had been left on a tombstone.

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

She then posted a video with the caption, “I’m going to make tombstone recipes.”

In the video, Rosie made the spritz cookies from the ingredients she found at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Although there were no instructions on the headstones, the cookies came out right and became one of Rosie’s favorite and most famous recreations.

Speak with GuardianRosie noted that the recipes weren’t that easy to find and she found most of them online.

The baker has recreated many different recipes, including snickerdoodle cookies

The baker has recreated many different recipes, including snickerdoodle cookies

The baker has recreated many different recipes, including snickerdoodle cookies

The baker has recreated many different recipes, including snickerdoodle cookies

The baker has recreated many different recipes, including snickerdoodle cookies, peach cobbler, date nut bread, and blueberry pie

Rosie's baking journey began a year ago when she was an intern for a convention cemetery and came across an article with a recipe from a grave

Rosie's baking journey began a year ago when she was an intern for a convention cemetery and came across an article with a recipe from a grave

Rosie’s baking journey began a year ago when she was an intern for a convention cemetery and came across an article with a recipe from a grave

Speaking to BuzzFeed, Rosie noted that she was sharing her dishes to reduce the stigma surrounding death after hearing about the 'death positive community'

Speaking to BuzzFeed, Rosie noted that she was sharing her dishes to reduce the stigma surrounding death after hearing about the 'death positive community'

Speaking to BuzzFeed, Rosie noted that she was sharing her dishes to reduce the stigma surrounding death after hearing about the ‘death positive community’

She said, “There are only about 10 so far that I’ve found, mostly by searching online.”

Rosie has used news stories, 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 tombstone didn’t say exactly what to do, it did list the ingredients needed to make these delicious cookies:

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

In an interview with BuzzFeedRosie said the first three graves she visited found recipes of spritz cookies, datenut bread from a gravestone in Erie County, New York, and a fudge recipe she discovered in Logan, Utah that became one of her favorites.

Speaking to BuzzFeed, Rosie noted that she shared her dishes to reduce the stigma surrounding death after hearing about the “death positive community.”

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

“Personally, I am very afraid of my own mortality. ‘So I think an endgame for me is just kind of consolation with’ [death] — even just conversations with my own family of, ”Where do I want to be buried? How do I want to be remembered?”

“I feel like the tombstone recipes lend themselves to talking about really difficult topics in an easier way.”

Although she has worked hard to recreate and discover the tombstone shells, she noted that she has not yet found any of her own.

‘I didn’t walk through a cemetery biologically and unfortunately I found a recipe myself.

“I mean, that would be the dream someday.”

Ultimately, Rosie’s dream is to visit all the headstones around the world that have recipes written on them.

Social media users have flooded Rosie’s comment section with praising the idea, even commenting on how “healthy” the gesture was.

One user said: ‘It’s quite amazing to imagine how happy the recipes are for each individual, it was clearly their love language and decided to share them.’

Another user added, “I had no idea this was a thing and it’s such a great idea – both that the recipes exist and that you make them.”

“What a cool way to preserve their legacy,” one user wrote.

“Something about this is just insanely healthy. even after death they share their love,” said another user.