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Delightfully Delicious Campfire Desserts

by Susan Greenwood Jun 9, 2010
Sweet recipes to cosy up with under the stars.

Summer is almost here and what comes immediately to mind is one of life’s most simple pleasures: camping. Sleeping underneath the stars, cooking with an open fire, and of course delicious campfire treats. Here are some delectable delights that will warm your tummy and satisfy that sweet tooth we always get when bonding with the great outdoors.

Peach Cobbler Campfire Style

Old fashioned cobbler that even mom will love. This idea was adapted from a recipe found on

  • Canned peaches in heavy syrup
  • Approximately 1 ½ cups Bisquick

1. Drain peaches, but save ¼ – ½ cup of syrup and add to Bisquick mix. Leave peaches in the can.
2. Stir until a batter forms.
3. Pour Bisquick mixture into can with peaches.
4. Cover peach can with lid and place into hot coals. Cook until batter forms a hard toasty pie crust over peaches.
5. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Pie Angel Food Cake

This is my personal apple pie filling recipe, modified for the campfire.

  • Pre-Made Angel Food Cake
  • 8 – 10 apples
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • Chopped pecans (if desired)

1. Peel and slice apples.
2. Place in Dutch oven or other deep pot over fire.
3. In separate bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and pecans. Cut with butter. Mix with apples.
4. Spread mixture over apples and cook until apples are soft.
5. Pour hot apple mixture over Angel Food Cake.

Old Fashioned Smores

This favorite never goes out of style. Who doesn’t love chocolate, marshmallows and Graham crackers?

  • Hershey Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Long sticks or forks

1. Place marshmallow on stick or fork and toast until golden brown over fire.
2. Place Hershey bar and toasted marshmallow on ½ of Graham cracker, cover with other half of Graham cracker – think sandwich.
3. Eat and enjoy!

Smores with a Nutty Twist

Taking an old favorite to another level.

  • Hershey Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Long sticks or forks
  • Aluminum Foil

1. Spread peanut butter on ½ of Graham cracker then place on sheet of aluminum foil.
2. Place marshmallows on stick or fork and toast over fire until golden brown.
3. Place gooey marshmallow over peanut butter-covered Graham cracker.
4. Put Hershey bar on top of marshmallow and cover with other half of Graham cracker.

Banana Boat

Add some ice cream to this one and have a banana split right in front of the campfire. Source:

  • Banana
  • Hershey’s chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows or mini marshmallows
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil

1. Cut your banana down the middle. Leave it in the peel.
2. Stuff with chocolate and marshmallows.
3. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in hot coals for about 5-10 minutes. Turn and rotate often.
4. It is ready when chocolate is melted and marshmallows are gooey.

Monkey Bread

This childhood favorite is courtesy of my Aunt Kate. A yummy dessert that can be served for breakfast.

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Pecan halves
  • 2 x 8-ounce packages biscuits (refrigerated)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

1. Combine 3 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and syrup in pie pan. Heat to bubbly on hot coals.
2. Sprinkle with pecans.
3. Melt rest of butter.
4. Dip one side of each biscuit in butter. Put on waxed paper, butter side up. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
5. Place 2nd layer of biscuits that have been dipped in butter mixture over first layer.
6. Pour butter/syrup mixture over both layers of biscuits. Cover with 2nd pie pan. Seal pans with double strip of foil.
7. Cook over coals for 15 minutes on each side.

Fried Camp Pies

Imagine individual little pies that everyone will gobble up with gusto. Both Paula Deen and Giada de Laurentiis have made this recipe, but never over an open campfire.

  • 1 can apple, cherry, or blueberry pie filling
  • 1 can large biscuits (like Grands)
  • Margarine, butter, or cooking oil
  • Cinnamon Sugar

1. Roll out one biscuit, place large spoon of filling in center of dough, fold over, and dab edges with a bit of water.
2. Crimp edges tightly to hold in filling.
3. Fry in margarine, butter, or cooking oil on low to medium heat until golden brown, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar as soon as you remove from heat.
4. Eat carefully, the fillings get hot!

Enjoy, and happy camping!


Got any sweet campfire recipes you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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