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Camping Dessert Recipes: Practical and Enjoyable Ideas That Work Best

Camping Dessert Recipes
Daniel Carraway
Written by Daniel Carraway

Desserts are the most forgotten meals on a camping trip, right? After all, satisfying a sweet tooth and thinking about camping dessert recipes is not a priority, given the inadequate resources at your disposal. The result can usually be seen in stale packaged candy bars and old-fashioned s’mores that become the only available treats for the poor campers.

However, this need not be the case anymore as we have listed for you some camping dessert recipes that are quick and easy to make for a truly memorable camping adventure. With the few resources to work with, these dessert recipes are fashioned to use simple cooking methods without compromising the taste. Besides, we’ll only discuss healthy recipes that are a great fit for the health-conscious campers.

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Below we’ll discuss ingredients, cooking methods, and tools required for a delicious camping dessert that will be loved by both kids and adults! So, if you’re looking for new ideas, take a look and choose the one that fits your needs the best.

Tools Needed To Make Camping Desserts

If you are new to camping, you need a guideline on the tools that you’ll need to make your dessert(s). The recipes we put together here for you can be cook over a campfire using a foil pack, Dutch oven or cast iron skillet, but you’ll also need some additional tools so the job can go smooth.

Here are some general tools that you’ll need to help you prepare your desserts on a camping trip.

Cookware & Tableware

In order to cook and serve your dessert, you’ll need a lightweight cookware set that includes: pots, frying pans, serving spoon, a spatula, and more. But, you’re in luck, as there are over 50 options for camping cookware sets specifically designed for camping. They include various aluminum models, stainless steel, and titanium and can cook anything from an egg to dinner.

Tableware

A cast iron skillet is also a great idea, but you must make sure you will be able to carry it as it is quite heavy. However, if you will be taking the car to the camping site, there should be no problem.

You’ll also need bowls and mugs (depending on the number of people), a cutting board, some measuring cups and spoons (if you don’t want to wing it), some plates, and other tools that come to mind. If you’re concerned about space in your backpack and weight, Sporks are a great choice!

Spices & other ingredients

If you don’t have enough space for salt and pepper shakers, we recommend getting some special containers that are both small and lightweight. Of course, you can get creative with this and use the things you have around, like a pill box for salt, pepper, sugar, and other ingredients you’ll need.

Spice Containers

Other tools

Other useful tools that you’ll need so you don’t forget anything vital when cooking your dessert include:

  • Grill Rack
  • Portable Stove (in case you are in an area where campfire are prohibited)
  • Matchsticks
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning sponge
  • Carrying bag
  • Foil
  • Food storage canister
  • Soap
  • Quick-dry towel
  • A cooler – mostly for car camping

7 Mouthwatering Camping Desserts for Your Next Camping Trip

Our list contains 7 mouthwatering dessert recipes for your next camping trip so you’ll have plenty of choices.

#1: Apple Crisp Dessert

Apple crisp dessert is easy to make and is one of the top-rated fall desserts. With amazing flavors, this dessert will take you 15 minutes to prepare and 35 minutes of cook time.

Apple Crisp

Quick tip: Keeping the apples from turning brown can be a little challenging but if you add a little lemon juice in the sliced apples, it will keep them from browning for a short while.

Equipment needed

  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • Wooden spatula
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 10 inch cast iron skillet

Now, to make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized peeled apples cut into ¼ inch slices
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granola
  • Vanilla ice cream (for the topping)

Preparation

Preheat cast iron skillet over hot campfire coals and toss the apple slices (in a little butter) in the skillet and cook until soft. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and bourbon and continue to stir.

Continue to cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens and remove from heat. Sprinkle granola uniformly and serve. Add a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream and enjoy the dessert.

Apple Crisp with Vanila Ice Cream

Important tip: We recommend this recipe on the first camping night since ice-cream cannot hold together for long even in a cooler. With a bit of adjustment, this dessert can be a good fit for vegans but kids will love it as is.

#2: Plum Tart Dessert

The time needed to make a plum tart dessert takes approximately four hours from preparation to finish. Despite this, the recipe is easy to put together and the ripple sweet plum makes a great accompaniment to your main course.

Equipment needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Cast iron skillet

These are the ingredients that you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 cup fine flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 ripe plums
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Preparation

The pastry needs to be prepared at home, ahead of time, before camping. For this, mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Next, grate the butter and add to the mixture – rub the butter into the flour mixture until you acquire a breadcrumb-like texture.

Plum Tart Dessert

Add a bit of water, stirring gently, to bind the dough, and let it chill for 15 minutes (wrapped). Next, take two sheets of baking paper and roll out the pastry about 3mm thick that can cover a skillet. (bottom and sides). Roll up the pastry sheets and refrigerate until camping time.

At the campsite, follow these steps:

Lay sliced up plums in a saucepan and add water and sugar. Place the pan with the contents on hot coals in the campfire, bring to a boil and simmer as you stir gently. Cook the plums for about 10 minutes until tender, remove from fire and separate the liquid in a different pan.

Take out your roll of pastry and carefully spread it out in a skillet, sprinkle some honey and over low fire, cover your pastry with aluminum foil and cook until the edges turn slightly brown. Remove from heat and serve.

#3: 10” Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

If you love pineapples, then this is the classic dessert recipe for you! This cake has a moist, gooey enjoyable topping made from the pineapple juice during cooking.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

It takes about 40-50 minutes to bake this dessert.

Equipment needed

  • 10-inch Dutch oven
  • Dutch oven carry bag
  • Lid lifter
  • Dutch oven lid stand
  • Charcoal chimney starter
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Heavy-duty tongs (useful for placing coals)

These are the ingredients that you’ll need to make a pineapple upside-down cake dessert:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla or another extract of your choice
  • Water
  • Pineapple rings (1 can)
  • Vegetable oil

Preparation

Follow this guideline to make the topping

Take an extra-sturdy aluminum foil and double line the Dutch oven. Place the oven on the campfire, melt butter in the oven, put in brown sugar and stir until you get a smooth thick mixture. Set the pineapple rings in the mixture (save the pineapple juice).

Next, soften butter in a separate pan and add sugar gradually until it lightens in color and expands in volume. After this, add the reserved pineapple juice, water (you can measure the volume using the pineapple can), eggs and beat the ingredients thoroughly. At this point you will add a pint of vanilla extract or a flavor of your choice.

Pineapple Cake

This is how you will make the batter

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, butter and water and beat thoroughly to achieve a smooth batter. Pour the batter over the ingredients in the Dutch oven to cover the pineapples completely. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and place 10-13 briquettes on top (briquettes are better than coal as they allow you to easily regulate the temperate in the oven)

Allow the cake to bake for 30 minutes until it turns golden brown. Lift the lid, insert a toothpick in to check if it comes out clean- this means that the cake is ready. Remove the oven from the fire and place a pan or another lid on top and flip the cake in one motion. Gently peel the foil away from the cake and voila! There you have your upside down pineapple cake.

#4: Banana Boat Dessert

This a perfect campfire banana rich-tasting dessert that only takes you 8-10 minutes to cook over a campfire. This dessert is for campers who don’t want to spend much of their time preparing a dessert – it also allows the kids to get involved in the cooking.

Equipment needed

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • A knife

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need for this dessert

  • Ripe bananas (as many as can accommodate the number of people you have)
  • Chocolate chips/ Hershey chocolate/ peanut butter chips or other sweet-savory fillings
  • Marshmallows

Preparation

First, cut the banana peel right in the middle (about 1/2inch) wide to look like a canoe – ensure the ends remain closed. Open the tab and scoop out half the banana.

Banana Boat

Next, stuff the bananas with chocolate chips and marshmallows and wrap with aluminum foil. Place the banana over hot coals in the campfire and roast as you turn often for about 10 minutes. Now, remove the banana, peel gently and savor your dessert.

#5: Campfire Roasted Caramel Peaches Dessert

Just as its name suggests, this recipe is roasted over a campfire. It’s a great dessert recipe to make with kids and only takes about 25 minutes to cook.

Campfire Roasted Caramel Peaches

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There are plenty of seasonal fruits that can be tossed on a campfire that makes great desserts, and this is one of them. Roasted caramel peaches are so yummy and easy to make.

Equipment needed

  • Aluminum foil
  • Grill Rack
  • Campfire

These are the ingredients that you’ll need to make this recipe

  • Peaches (the amount will depend upon the number of people-however let’s assume we have two peaches for this particular recipe)
  • ¼ cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce or 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Preparation

Heat up your grill and allow your campfire to slowly die down. Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and butter a six-inch section. Drizzle this part of the foil with a tablespoon of brown sugar or caramel. Scatter pecans uniformly over the caramel.

Next, slice your peaches into half and get rid of the pit. Now take the four peach halves and with the cut side upside down, place on top of the pecans (you can sprinkle the remaining caramel sauce)

Slicing Peaches

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After that, wrap your peaches tightly with aluminum foil and place on low grill or burned down coals. Let the peaches cook slowly for 25 minutes and remove from heat and immediately unwrap to allow the steam to escape for five minutes.

Once done, turn the dessert upside down on a plate and serve warm.

#6: Delicious Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Dessert

Though these chewy little treats are common and remain a summer staple dessert for many families, they can sometimes become a sticky mess during cooking and turn out sandy and dry.

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Nonetheless, following instructions keenly will be the difference between making soft creamy cookies or crumbly dry cookies.

Equipment needed

  • Baking sheet or a saucepan
  • A pot
  • Medium cookie scoop
  • A spatula
  • Wax paper
  • Airtight container

To yield 16 to 20 cookies, you’ll need these ingredients

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups quick- cooking oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter/crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoonful vanilla extract

Preparation

Prepare your baking sheet by covering it with wax paper and keep aside. Mix cocoa powder, sugar, butter, milk, and salt in a saucepan and place on the campfire. Stir the mixture constantly to allow the sugar to dissolve. Bring to a boil and then continue to boil for about two minutes.

Remove the mixture from the pan and add the rest of the ingredients (peanut butter, vanilla, and oats). Ensure that the mixture is coated with oatmeal.

No Bake Cookies

Once everything is fully mixed, remove the pan from the heat. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the baking sheet. You can press the cookies and flatten them with a spoon or roll them gently between your palms into small balls.

Given the cookies 20 minutes to cool down and firm up. After eating, store any extra cookie in an airtight container.

Optional: you can make a topping to enhance the flavor of your peanut butter cookie. Take some caramel sauce and drizzle-you can substitute any other topping that you prefer.

#7: Campfire Orange Cake Dessert

This is the ideal camping version of cupcakes! The cake has a savory orange flavor and tastes like chocolate orange balls.

Campfire Orange Cake

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It takes about 50 minutes from preparation to finish. The cake batter recipe we shall discuss here will yield 10- 12 single serving orange cakes.

Equipment needed

  • A sharp knife
  • Grapefruit knife
  • A spoon
  • A fork
  • A sifter
  • A large bowl and a small bowl
  • A whisk
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • A pair of tongs

These are the ingredients that you will need to make this recipe

  • 10-12 large navel oranges
  • 1 cup of very hot water
  • 1 ¾ all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extracts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ baking powder
  • 2 cups white sugar

Preparation

This is how you hollow out the oranges

Clean the oranges thoroughly and using a sharp knife, cut the top quarters (about 1 to 2 inches).

Using a grapefruit knife, cut the fleshy part of the orange away from the insides of the skin. Cut as close to the skin as possible then scoop out all the flesh in the orange with a spoon. The oranges and cups must be completely hollowed out. Repeat this process for as many oranges as you need.

Transfer the orange fruit in an airtight container to be eaten later or use it to make juice.

Cutted Orange

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Follow this guideline to make the batter

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients to remove any lumps.

Crack the eggs into a separate small bowl and mix with vanilla, milk, and oil. Whisk the ingredients and transfer them to the larger bowl containing the dry ingredients.

Now you can add the water and beat the mixture thoroughly-the batter should appear thin.

Rake hot coals of your campfire into a flatbed and let the fire die down. Fill the oranges three – quarters full with batter, place the cap on each orange and wrap the oranges in a heavy – duty aluminum foil ( make sure the cap is positioned in an upright position).

Using a pair of tongs, place the oranges on the hot embers. Space the oranges several centimeters apart and let it cook for 15-20 minutes.

Campfire Orange Cake

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Once done, use the tongs to remove the oranges from the coals and let the oranges cool down for 10 minutes before opening them. Grab a fork and dig in to eat the orange cake dessert.

Which Recipe Will You Make For Your Next Camping Trip?

If you thought campfire desserts were just limited to archaic s’mores, you have to try the dessert recipes we have discussed here. If planning to spend days in the woods, you have plenty of time to try it all and make your next camping trip more fun and exciting.

However, if you find some recipes difficult, the campfire orange desserts are an appealing option or better still, if you want to float your boat, you can do it with campfire melted bananas!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Carraway

Daniel Carraway

Daniel Carraway joined our team last year. He is a gear freak when it comes to hiking, climbing and camping. He went to REI Outdoor School to meet new people and learn best practices. Don’t even try to argue with him about the latest backpack or ice axe, he tried most of them. Daniel’s dream is to climb Mount Everest.