Teen Bakes Grandpa's Ashes Into Delicious Cookies, Shares With All Her Friends


Dr. Katie Spalding

Katie has a PhD in maths, specializing in the intersection of dynamical systems and number theory.

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Grandparents: they embarrass us in front of our friends, and they make delicious cookies.

Sometimes that’s thanks to years of experience. Sometimes, it’s because of a secret ingredient that makes your family recipe unique.


About two weeks ago, two students at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis, California, treated their friends to a batch of delicious home-made sugar cookies.

“[One of the students] asked me if I wanted a cookie... I figured, it’s a cookie, why not?” described student Andy Knox to local news outlet KCRA. “I took a bite of it and she told me there was a special ingredient… I was like, did you – is this a weed cookie or something? And she said no.”

So what was the secret ingredient that gave the baked goodies their mouth-wateringly grey, sandy crunch?

“She said it was her grandpa’s ashes,” Knox explained. “And then she kind of laughed.” 


Knox wasn’t the only student who had one of the alleged cremation cakes. A total of nine students have told police they were also given a cookie – and some even say they knew about the morbid ingredients before they ate them.

“[The cookies were] a bit too granulated — [I] don’t think the ash incorporated well," one apparently quite happy grandpa-chomper told Buzzfeed News.

“Ash is ash, doesn’t matter where it comes from. It really isn’t that big of a deal.”

Outside of the gross-out factor, authorities are saying there’s no reason for alarm. No students have got sick after eating the cookies, and the school has issued a statement assuring parents that their children “are safe and there is no health risk”.


It’s still unclear why anybody would want to bake their own grandparent’s ashes into a cookie and share them around at school – as we all know, humans aren’t that nutritious. And, unfortunately, we’ll probably never know for sure whether the budding baker’s story was even true, since her ash brownies were apparently so popular that none were left for testing.

Nevertheless, police believe the claims are credible, and the student responsible was suspended before returning to school, according to her school friends. Although the police have been investigating, no charges have been filed – partly because the law just doesn’t know how to deal with such a bizarre incident.

“I really don’t think it fits into any crime section,” Davis Police Lieutenant Paul Doroshov told AP. Although one obscure Californian law does make it an offense to mishandle human remains, according to Doroshov, “this isn’t what that law was intended to stop.”