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Apple Crisp


Apples, peeled and sliced

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon cinnamon


Fill Dutch Oven half way up with apples. Combine brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Cut butter into mixture. Spread mixture over apples. Cover and cook about 45 minutes or until apples are soft





Hersheys chocolate bars

Graham crackers

Grill fork or stick


Toast marshmallow over campfire. Place toasted marshmallow on top of graham cracker and piece of chocolate. Top with another piece of chocolate and graham cracker. 


Fudge Striped Smores - Submitted by Sue Aszmann


1 package of marshmallows

1 package of fudge striped cookies


Roast marshmallows on an open fire. Place roasted marshmallow between (2) fudge striped cookies. Enjoy!


M&M Smores - Submitted by Deb




Graham crackers


Toast marshmallow. Blow to cool. Pop off toasty top. Roll in a bowl of M&M's. Squish between two graham crackers.


Peach Cobbler


Large can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup



Drain off syrup. Save 1/4 cup of this syrup. Mix the 1/4 cup of syrup with Bisquick until it forms a batter type consistency. Pour batter back over sliced peaches in the can. Place lid over mix. Set can into hot coals. Cook until flour has formed hard dumplings. 



Banana Boat



Hersheys chocolate bar or chocolate chips

Marshmallows or mini marshmallows

Heavy duty aluminum foil


Cut your banana down the middle. Leave it in the peal. Stuff with chocolate and marshmallows. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in hot coals for about 5-10 minutes. Turn and  rotate often. 


Pineapple Upside Down Cake


1 can pineapples (6 oz)

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 square of margarine

2 yellow cake mixes


Mix cake mix according to directions. Line the Dutch Oven with aluminum foil. Place oven onto the heat, level it and melt the margarine in the oven. When melted, add the brown sugar. Stir. Add the pineapples and the pecans. This is the glaze. Pour prepared cake mix on top of the glaze. This dessert doesn't require a lot of heat on the bottom, just enough to brown the glaze--8 pieces of charcoal should be plenty. Bake for about 25 minutes. Check every 15 minutes and when golden brown, test to see if it is done. Take it off the heat and lift the cake out of the oven by the aluminum foil. Put a pan on it and turn it over quickly so that the glaze is on top. Remove the foil. 


Hobo Popcorn




Heavy duty aluminum foil 



In the middle of a 18" x 18" piece of aluminum foil, place 1 teaspoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of popcorn. Bring foil corners together to make a pouch. Secure the edges of the foil but leave plenty of room for the popcorn to pop. Tie the pouch to a stick and hold the pouch over the hot coals. Shake constantly until all the popcorn has popped. Add butter and salt to taste. 


Pecan Pie


1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup corn syrup

1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix

1/4 cup margarine, softened

4 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Grease pie plate. Sprinkle pecans in plate. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour into pie pan. Put 1 inch diameter foil balls in the bottom of your Dutch Oven to keep the pie pan off the bottom ( helps to keep food from burning and distributes the heat more evenly). Put the pie pan into the Dutch Oven and bake approximately 50-60 minutes or until knife, when inserted into the center, comes out clean. 


Fried Camp Pies - Submitted by T. Morang


1 can (favorite flavor) fruit pie filling

1 can large (like Grands) biscuits

Margarine or Butter

Cinnamon Sugar


Roll out one biscuit, place large spoon of filling in center of dough, fold over and crimp edges. Fry in butter or margarine on low to medium heat until done, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar as soon as you remove from heat. Eat carefully! Fillings do get hot! Warning habit forming!


Applesauce Gingerbread Cake - Submitted by a reader


1 14 oz. can of applesauce

1 package of gingerbread cake mix


Pour applesauce in bottom of dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Pour dry cake mix over applesauce. Cover and cook until moisture from applesauce has steamed the cake. Let cool approx. 20-30 mins. Serve warm.


Mock Toasted Angel Cake - Submitted by Paula Sheagley


Cut day-old unsliced (loaf) bread into 2-inch squares

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 box shredded coconut


Place bread squares on a stick. Dip squares in sweetened condensed milk, then in coconut. Toast over fire. Be ready for a real treat!


Sticky Buns - Submitted by Paula Sheagley


5 Tablespoons oleo

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 Tablespoons corn syrup

Pecan halves

2  8-ounce packages biscuits (refrigerated)




Combine 3 tablespoons oleo, brown sugar and syrup in pie pan. Heat to bubbly on hot coals. Sprinkle with pecans. Melt rest of oleo. Dip one side of each biscuit in oleo. Put on waxed paper, butter side up. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Put 2 biscuits together. Arrange on syrup mixture. Cover with 2nd pie pan. Seal pans with double strip of foil. Cook over coals for 15 minutes on each side.


Pie Iron Sticky Buns - Submitted by a reader


Use canned biscuits. Mash two together. Roll in mixture of brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Spray pie iron with butter flavored Pam. Cook 1 minute per side over hot coals.


No Bake Cookies - Submitted by Wilma (Mama) Young


2 cups of sugar

3 Tbsp. cocoa

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter


Mix sugar and cocoa in a pan. Add butter and milk. Bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Stir. Put mixture in a bowl containing the oatmeal. Mix the oats into the mixture until they are coated. Drop by spoonfuls onto aluminum foil. Let cool.


For a variation use crunchy peanut butter.


Doughboy on a Stick - Submitted by a reader


1 package of regular biscuits

Cinnamon and sugar



Take the biscuit and wrap it around a stick by spiraling it from the top and work your way down. The thinner the biscuit is on the stick the quicker the inside will cook so you don't burn the outside. Cook over the fire until done. Roll in butter and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar all over it.


Camp Pies - Submitted by Donna




Canned pie filling


Butter bread and place face down on a round pie iron. Add canned pie filling. Put another piece of bread on top of the filling, with butter side out. Close pie iron tightly. Fry in campfire till nice and brown on both sides. Delicious!


Campfire Muffins - Submitted by Kate Taylor


6 Oranges

2 (7 oz.) packages of muffin mix, any flavor


Cut oranges in half. Scoop out the orange segments to eat alone or to use in a fruit salad. Reserve the hollow peel shells. Prepare the muffin mix according to the package directions. Fill the orange peel cups half full of batter. Wrap each one loosely with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place in hot coals, making sure that the batter side stays up. Cook 5-10 minutes until muffins are done. Adding a few cranberries to the batter adds excellent flavor and goes well with the orange. Makes 12 (use 3 oranges per package of muffin mix).


Campfire Baked Cinnamon Apples - Submitted by Kristine Turkin


1 medium Apple

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sugar

Heavy duty aluminum foil


Cut the apple from top to bottom at three different positions making sure not to cut all the way through the bottom. Place apple on a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil to wrap the apple in. Open the apple similar to a flower. Add the cinnamon and sugar to the center of the apple. Wrap the apple in foil, making sure it is securely closed. Place in campfire coals for approximately 20-30 minutes.


Chocolate Fondue - Submitted by a reader


Small sauce pan

2 large bags semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup fresh or canned milk

1/4 cup orange liqueur or whatever liqueur you like

Cut up chunks of the following: apples, bananas, pears, dried apricots, blueberry or banana muffins, rice crispy treats, pretzels, popcorn, marshmallows, strawberries, etc.


In a small sauce pan melt chocolate with milk and liqueur on grill over

campfire stirring frequently. Take chunks and dip into chocolate. This can also

be made with white chocolate chips, or caramels.


Easy Doughnuts - Submitted by Lisa C.


2 cans or more of Pillsbury Biscuits (or similar brand)


Cinnamon sugar

Confectionary sugar


Put some oil in a sauce pan and heat until hot. (Drop a small piece of dough in it -  it's hot enough when the piece sizzles.) Carefully drop biscuits into oil and cook for 2 or 3 minutes per side. Remove from oil and dry for a minute. While it's still warm, put it in a paper bag with a cup of cinnamon sugar or confectionary sugar (or whatever other topping you can think of) and shake. Cover until ready to eat. Best when served warm.


White Hot Chocolate


2/3 cup white baking chocolate, chopped

3 cups milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp vanilla

Whipped cream


Heat 1/2 cup milk, cinnamon and white chocolate in a sauce pan until the chocolate melts. Add the rest of the milk and heat it up till it is warm/hot. Add vanilla. Serve with whipped cream on top.


Coffee Can Ice Cream - from Backwoods Bound



1 - 1 lb coffee can with lid
1 - 3 lb coffee can with lid
duct tape for lid
crushed ice
rock salt 


1 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
chopped nuts, or pieces of fruit - optional


Combine ingredients in a clean 1 lb coffee can with a tight fitting plastic lid. Tape lid for added security.  Place 1 lb coffee can in 3 lb coffee can. Pack crushed ice around the smaller can.  Pour almost 1 cup of rock salt over the ice. Replace lid on 3 lb can. Roll the can back and forth on the floor or sidewalk for 10 minutes.  Remove the inside can carefully.  Keep salt solution out of the small can.  Remove lid of small can and stir ice cream with a rubber spatula.  Replace and retape lid.  Drain ice water from larger can and place smaller can inside. Repack with ice and salt.  Roll back and forth 5 - 10 minutes more depending on how firm you like your ice cream.  Makes about 3 cups.


Cream Puffs - Submitted by Amy Nohl


Biscuit dough (Pillsbury Grands, etc.)
Large Marshmallows
A stick
A campfire

Open the biscuit roll and take out a biscuit. Open it up and stuff a marshmallow inside. Close the biscuit up so you can't see the marshmallow. Put it on a stick and roast until golden or until desired. Enjoy!!!


Other Dessert Suggestions:

  • Instant cheesecake

  • Cookies

  • Cake/pie

  • Brownies

  • Pudding

  • Fruit

  • Roasted marshmallows

Other Snack Suggestions:

  • GORP Trail Mix - Chex, M & Ms, peanuts, small pretzels, dried fruit etc.

  • Granola bars

  • Dried fruit

  • Pop Tarts

  • Fruit pies

  • Candy bars

  • Cup of fruit or pudding

  • Crackers

  • Bagels

  • Peanuts


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