9 Best Camping Desserts to Share around a Campfire

The best thing about a campfire (besides getting warm) is making cooking up some sweet, hot, and gooey dessert recipes! And you know we’re talking about those awesome campfire desserts.

Because you know a camping trip isn’t complete without campfire desserts, but we wanted to give you something a little different from your normal Oreo or donuts.  So we came up with some new twists on some old favorite campfire treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

And since you’ve already worked off the extra calories making the campfire, here are 9 camping recipes to reward you!

1. Campfire Roasted Caramel Apple Recipe

This is one of the easiest camping recipes to make and take on a camping trip (and yet one of the most popular too)! This is also the perfect recipe for backpacking if you are travelling light and have no refrigeration.

Ingredients 

  • 1 green apple per person
  • 1 bag of caramels
  • Cinnamon
  • Aluminum foil 

Directions:

Cut each apple in half, leaving the skin on. Cut out the core. This can be done at home. Put the cut-up apples in a plastic bag with lemon juice. This will keep them from turning brown. 

When you have a fire going, put the unwrapped caramels in the hollow of the apple. (The part where the core was removed.) Sprinkle each apple with the cinnamon. Put the halves of each apple back together. Wrap each apple separately in tin foil. 

Put the wrapped apples directly in the coals of the fire. Let them cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until the apples are softened. Take them out, let them cool, and serve to your happy campers!

If you’re packing a little heavier, you could also cook the apples in a cast iron skillet.

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

A few things that you will notice about these recipes is that they share many of the ingredients. And except for the bananas, there isn’t really anything that spoils. One good idea is just to bring all of the ingredients in this post, along with some tin foil. You can let people make what they want and everyone will be happy! 

2. Dutch Oven S’mores Cake

Everyone knows s’mores are yummy, so you can be sure they will also love this camping dessert. Making it in all in one pan keeps the cooking, the eating, and the cleaning up much more organized. Let everyone get their own helping, or spoon it out yourself to make sure everyone gets some!

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-packaged ( from the bakery) angel food cake
  • 2 packages graham crackers
  • 6 chocolate bars
  • 1 package jumbo marshmallows

Directions

Tear the angel food cake into small-sized pieces and put in the bottom of the dutch oven. Break the graham crackers over the cake pieces. Mix loosely together.

Break the chocolate pieces over the cake mixture. Cover with the marshmallows. 

To heat, use 8-10 coals under the oven and 12-15 coals on the top. Check every five minutes until the top is melted. 

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

Line your dutch oven with tin foil before you use it. Even if you have access to running water, it’s very hard to clean sugary desserts with melted chocolate and marshmallows out of cookware. You don’t want to take the effort and water needed to clean this kind of pan. It isn’t worth it. 

3. Easy Peasy Peach Cobbler

This is something that tastes like a lot more work than what it actually is. Plus, it’s a break away from chocolate and graham crackers. If you need one. You can also try different types of fruits (something like a blackberry cobbler perhaps!).

Ingredients

  • 2- 29 oz. cans of peaches in their natural juice (one will be drained)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • ½ stick butter

Directions

Drain one can of peaches and put only the peaches in a dutch oven. Drink the juice or use it for something else. Then, put in the other can of peaches with the juice. Sprinkle the peaches with brown sugar and cinnamon. (It will still look like there is too much juice but this will get absorbed.)

Sprinkle the box of dry cake mix evenly over the peaches. Thinly slice half a stick of butter and place the slices on top of the cake mix. Put the cover on the oven. Put 7-10 coals below the oven and 16 coals on top of the oven. Place them in a circular fashion. 

Let the cake bake for about 45 minutes or so, checking it occasionally. 

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

When using a dutch oven, follow the directions for cooking your recipe carefully. Especially pay attention to the number of coals. If the recipe calls for 10 coals on the bottom and 16 on the top, follow it exactly. Believe it or not, this is a very exact science. If you use too many coals on the bottom, your dish will burn. Too few on the top and it won’t cook thoroughly. 

4. Orange Peel Campfire Brownies

This is a fun way to make individual brownies right in the coals of the campfire!

Ingredients

  • Six oranges
  • Brownie mix that makes with water
  • Aluminum Foil

Directions

Slice the tops off the oranges and scoop out the pulp. Be careful not to puncture the peels as they will be used as the baking dishes. This prep work can be done at home, where it will be easier. You can eat the orange pulp as you like or use it for juicing. Keep the tops and the peels intact for baking the brownies later.  

Stack the peels and tops together. Put them in a ziplock bag to take with you camping. At camp, you can mix the brownie batter in a ziplock bag. Pour the batter into the orange peels (about 2/3 full) and put the orange peel tops back on. 

Wrap each orange brownie cup in tin foil and place in the fire. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. They will be very hot when you take them out, so be careful. Unwrap and eat with a spoon. 

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

Always make dessert as uncomplicated as possible on a camping trip. In this recipe, you will notice that we suggest prepping the oranges at home and then using a brownie mix.

5. Individual Campfire Apple Crisps

Unlike a traditional apple pie, these apple crisps don’t require any cookware, so they are great for backpacking. Everything can also be stored in plastic ziplock bags and nothing requires refrigeration. The ingredients for these delicious apple crisps are also light to carry, they don’t take up space, and cleanup is easy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples 
  • ¼  cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Dry Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour 
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ tsp. baking powder

Other Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter
  • Aluminum foil

Directions

In advance, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a ziplock bag. As well, combine all of the other dry ingredients and put them in a separate ziplock bag. 

You can also peel and slice the apples and put them in a ziplock bag as well. Sprinkle the apple pieces with lemon to keep them from turning brown. 

At camp, lay out four square sheets of tin foil and divide the apples equally onto them. Sprinkle the apples with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. 

Drop the stick of softened butter into the ziplock bag of dry ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the apples. Fold each tin foil sheet around the apple mixture to form an individual packet. 

Bake the packets on a grate over the campfire for about twenty minutes. Do not put them directly onto the fire or they will burn! Let cool and top with ice cream if desired.

6. Campfire Banana Boats

This is a great recipe for kids because, with a little help, they can make it themselves! Plus, this is a convenient recipe for backpacking. The ingredients are light, travel well, and don’t need to be refrigerated. 

Ingredients

  • 8 bananas
  • I bag caramel bits
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • I bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 ziplock back of crushed graham crackers
  • Aluminum foil

Directions

Keeping the banana in the peel, split it in half lengthwise with a knife. You don’t want to cut all the way through the banana, because you are making a boat. By carefully keeping the banana together as much as possible, you will make it less messy to eat.

Set each split banana on a piece of tin foil approximately 8” x 10.” Fill each banana with as many chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers, etc. as it will comfortably hold. (Or really load it up, you’ve earned it!) 

Place the bananas on the edge of the campfire. Keep in mind, you only need enough heat to melt the candy. You don’t need to ignite anything. This is why it is a good recipe for kids.

Let the banana cool to the touch, and then eat it right out of the foil with a spoon. 

7. Campfire Cones 

These campfire cones are a twist on the other camping desserts because you can add anything you want. Because basically, what you are doing, is filling a sugar cone with whatever you want for dessert. And then throwing it in the fire! Awesome.

This makes these cones creative and also easier to eat. This is another camping dessert that travels well and hits the spot for many people. This is because you can have everything in sealed plastic containers and let people make their own. Like a make-your-own sundae bar.

Ingredients

  • Waffle or sugar cones (Cake cones do not work well for this recipe.)
  • Fruit – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, bananas 
  • Chocolate bars or chips, broken up
  • Any other kinds of candy like peanut butter cups, Kit-Kats, Twix, etc.
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Reddi-Wip to go on top
  • Anything else fun you can think of

Directions

Load up all the ingredients you want into your cone. Then wrap the cone up loosely in tin foil, making sure to seal the top. Everything will melt when you throw it on the fire. Let the cone sit on the heat or in the fire for about 3-5 minutes. Let it cool. Unwrap and enjoy like a regular ice cream cone! 

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

If you are going camping with a group and making communal desserts, set up the ingredients at home. Meaning, get large plastic food containers and fill each one with crumbled graham crackers, cut up fruit, candy, etc. That way, it’s ready to go at the campsite.

At dessert time, you can set the containers out on a picnic table and let people help themselves. Kids will need some supervision, but they will enjoy making a dessert for themselves that isn’t just s’mores.  

8. Peanut Butter Chocolate Graham Cracker Nachos

Another variation on s’mores, but if you like peanut butter (and seriously, who doesn’t like peanut butter?), this is the way to use it in a dessert. This is a dessert you can eat with a spoon, using the same ingredients everyone else is having.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 crumbled graham crackers
  • ¾ cup chocolate morsels
  • 1-½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 1-½ crumbled fudge brownies
  • Reddi-Wip topping (optional)

Directions

Place a double-layer square of tin foil on a picnic table. Put all of the ingredients in the center of the foil and gently mix them together. Place another double layer of tin foil over this. Fold the edges together, like a large envelope. 

Put on the coals for 2 minutes on one side. Then turn over and cook for another two minutes. Remove the packet from the fire and let it cool. Open carefully and let the steam escape. Serve on paper plates and eat with a spoon. 

Camping Dessert Pro Tip

Even if you are taking a camper, you want to use as few kitchen utensils as possible for dessert. This is because no one will feel like cleaning up after they have eaten sweets. Save yourself the trouble and leave the complicated camping recipes at home.  

9. Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake

This is more of a traditional cake that is also perfect for campfire desserts! 

Ingredients

  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (the just-add-water kind)
  • I can of lemon-lime soda
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

Directions

Line a dutch oven with tin foil. Pour in the cherry pie filling first. Layer the cake mix carefully over the cherry pie filling. Slowly pour the lemon-lime soda over the cake mix so it doesn’t foam too much. Sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips over the whole thing.

Put the lid on the oven. Make a circle of 8 hot coals and set the oven on it. Place 16 hot coals on the lid of the oven. Bake for about an hour. Remove from heat and let cool before serving. This one will definitely be a hit on your next camping trip!

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Sam Brooks

Sam Brooks

Hi, my name is Sam Brooks and I'm a huge hiking, fishing and camping enthusiast. I bring my dog Max as often as I can because he also loves the great outdoors. Although I consider myself a private person, I really want to share my passion and knowledge with the readers here at outdoorcommand.com