Before you head out on your next overnight, outdoor camping excursion, make sure to save this list of 22 camping desserts. Each dessert recipe shows you how to make delicious and comforting desserts right over an open fire. They’re just as good as baking them at home- but with the delicious bit of smokiness added that gives you the full camping experience.
There's something truly special about indulging in sweet treats under the open sky, surrounded by the sounds of nature and the camaraderie of fellow campers. These camping desserts aren’t just simple toasted marshmallow smores. Each dessert embraces the joy of creating mouthwatering delights right at your campsite. From classic campfire favorites to innovative twists on traditional treats, this roundup is a celebration of the sweet moments that make camping not just an adventure for the soul but a feast for the senses. Let the aroma of baking goodness fill the air as we dive into the perfect union of nature's beauty and the pleasure of a well-deserved dessert in the great outdoors.
Technically cinnamon rolls tend to be a breakfast food, but in the case of camping outdoors, you can absolutely turn these into a scrumptious dessert. These Campfire Cinnamon Rolls are pre-made and only take 15-20 minutes to toast on a stick. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls require very little clean up, and no extra equipment other than a roasting stick. It’s perfect for a camping trip.
Campfire Smores Nachos are a tasty twist on the traditional roasted dessert sandwich, easily made in a disposable baking pan and cooked over the barbecue grill or a campfire grate. The great thing about these smores nachos is you can easily add a variety of toppings. Think, M&Ms, Milk Duds, Hershey’s cookies and cream bars, or even flavored marshmallows. The options are endless.
You won’t believe how easy this Berry Pound Cake Skillet is to make over an open fire. You need just five ingredients and about twenty minutes. The end result is toasted pound cake cubes soaking up juicy, warm berries, all mixed in with melted caramel chocolates. The flavor combo is fantastic for a chilly night around the campfire.
Campfire apple crisp is a sweet and crunchy dessert idea that everyone will love. You can pre-make the topping, and crumble it over the sliced apple packets right by the campfire. The foil packets that the apple crisp is baked in allow the apples to steam until tender without burning them. And it keeps it nice and tidy!
Peach Cobbler is a classic iron skillet recipe, and cooking it over a smoky fire just adds a depth of flavor. This recipe keeps it super simple. By using a regular pie crust and mixing canned peaches with a few added ingredients, you can create a hearty, scrumptious peach cobbler.
If you can make it in a foil packet, you can cook it over a campfire. Pineapple Upside Down cake has never been so good. The campfire gently caramelizes the sugar in the pineapple, creating a delicious sticky syrup that soaks right into the tender cake. It takes less than 20 minutes to whip these mini cakes up.
We already know grilled pears are delicious, but pairing the grilled pair taste with a buttery, sugary crumble topping, over an open fire is to die for. These do take a bit longer than some of the other camping desserts on this list, but each warm bite is well worth the wait. You could even prep the entire dish at home, and just bring it with you, ready to be warmed over the fire to save some time.
No one will miss smores when they have this Dutch oven chocolate peanut butter cake to dig into. With six quick ingredients, a Dutch oven, and about 40 minutes, you’ll be delighted at how heavenly you can make this dessert taste. It’s foolproof too. Just mix everything together and cook!
If you want something as easy as the Dutch oven chocolate peanut butter cake, but you want the classic campfire smores taste, try this smores dump cake. In addition to the normal smores ingredients, you just need some chocolate cake mix, milk, butter, and chocolate pudding mix. Once it’s done, you can eat it as is, with a spoon, or use it as a smores dip.
Cobblers are traditionally easy desserts to make. A batter is poured over the fruit and baked until you have a beautiful golden crust. This blackberry cobbler is made even easier by only requiring three ingredients. One of which is unique and so fun! No one will be able to guess what your secret ingredient is.
You absolutely can make donuts while out on the trail! These easy donuts can be served as a fun handheld dessert or even as a breakfast that will have everyone waking up to the delicious smell of fried dough. Canned biscuit dough is used as the base for the donuts so you don’t have to make a complicated batter and wait for the dough to rise. Just fry it up and toss it with a bit of sugar.
Another breakfast-turned dessert is this cappuccino money bread. Don’t worry, there is no caffeine in this monkey bread so you can absolutely serve it as a dessert. It’s moist and sticky sweet but is balanced out well with the lively flavor of the cappuccino mix. It’s a fantastic combination.
If you’re camping with littles, these campfire cones are a much better option than smores. Smores are messy and get everywhere, especially with little kids. Campfire cones keep all the ingredients contained in an easy-to-eat handheld cone. You can also get creative with the filling too. Set up a “Campfire cone” bar and let everyone fix their own.
If you've always wanted to know how to make camping pies, try this fool-proof recipe! These are so fun to make because they are individual servings and are an easy handheld camping dessert. Pro tip: you can pre-make these “pies” and freeze them. Keep them stocked in your freezer and just pack your stash the next time you head out for a camping trip. As you’re on the road, they thaw a bit and are ready to be cooked by nightfall.
Did you know, you can make something as fancy as eclairs right over an open fire? With this easy recipe, you can make eclairs your new favorite camping dessert! The recipe also includes tips on how to transport and store the pudding filling, so that it’s easy to squirt the filling right into the toasted eclair shells.
Four ingredients are all it takes to make something as delicious and fall-themed as these grilled caramel apple crunch packets. Granola and caramel sauce are drizzled over sliced apples inside of aluminum foil. The foil packets are roasted until the apples are tender and the caramel is coating everything. It’s a very comforting dessert on a cold night outdoors.
These campfire Snickers are so cute and delectable. Imagine melted Snickers inside of a toasted marshmallow! Sounds fantastic, right? This recipe uses a pretzel as the stick, but if you’re over a large campfire, you’re going to want to use a much larger stick to prevent getting burned. Campfire Snickers are worth the effort.
Bananas can be cooked right in their peel. This makes these banana boats extremely easy to transport, cook, and clean up. Bananas get sweeter as they cook, so the end result is a decadent, spoonable dessert that’s even a little bit healthy for you! Top these banana boats with your favorite toppings, or follow the recipe as stated.
S'mores are the perfect way to end a busy week together as a family, and they're an especially great way to enjoy time together around the campfire. A dessert dip is one of the best desserts to share in my opinion. Use a graham cracker as your dipping tool, or dig right in with a fork. Either way, it’s melty and chocolatey and absolutely delicious.
Like the campfire strawberry cheesecake pies, these campfire burritos can be prepped ahead of time. They are wrapped in foil, so they will travel well, and you can put them right on the fire when you’re ready to cook. The foil keeps it tightly wrapped up so that the mess doesn’t get everywhere, and it’s easy to eat with one hand. These are perfect for kids.
You’ve got to have a cookie recipe up your sleeve if you camp often. These cast iron cookies are more like a cookie cake but are still so good. Everything is better when made in a cast iron skillet, and cookies are no exception. By using store-bought dough, you can have a variety of cookie flavors.
This last recipe is a bit different than all the other camping desserts because these smores cookie cups are made in advance. Bake these at home and bring them with you so you don’t have to put any work in while camping. You can have dessert ready to be eaten, while still giving everyone the classic camping smores taste!
Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a novice camper, this recipe roundup of camping desserts elevates your wilderness dining experience. From simple and quick recipes for those spontaneous cravings to elaborate treats that will impress any camping companion, this selection caters to all tastes and skill levels.
And if you are looking for a treat that reminds you of camping, be sure to check out my mini pie s'mores!
26 Delicious Camping Desserts
- Pre-made mini graham crust shown in picture
- 1.5 cup plain non fat greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup marshmallow fluff
- 1.5 tablespoon sugar free chocolate jello pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 18 mini marshmallows for topping
- Shaved dark chocolate optional- I used ½ square of lindt 70% dark
- 1 graham square crushed for sprinkling
- Mix your yogurt, jello mix, marshmallow fluff and cocoa powder in a bowl, mix well.
- Divide into your 6 pie shells.
- Store in fridge, top with mini marshmallows, chocolate shavings and graham crumbs when you're ready to serve.
- *I am not sure this recipe would work as a whole large pie, it might be tricky to cut into single servings.
Smart points- (green) 6 using SP calculator
Points plus- 4 using PP calculator
Nutritional info per pie- Calories.. 168..Fat 4.7g..Sat fat 3.1g..Carbs 22.8g..Fiber 0.3g...Sugar 10.1g.. Protein 6.9g using My Fitness Pal