Campfire Dessert Recipes Perfect for Fall
There’s nothing better than enjoying a warm dessert after a long day of adventuring—extra points if it’s beside a campfire. Although s’mores are a timeless classic, there are plenty of other recipes you can bring alive using a campfire and some kitchen basics. Additionally, fall is when apples ripen, opening the door to some delicious treats. So, in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day, we put together a list of 5 campfire apple recipes that will give you the warm autumn feeling.
1. Campfire Baked Apples
Starting off our list is a simple campfire dessert that requires little preparation and ingredients. To make campfire baked apples, all you’ll need are a few apples, some filling ingredients, and oil. Prep these ahead of time or beside the fire. Either way, you’re in for a delicious treat.
- 4 apples (whichever kind you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons of butter (can use coconut oil for vegan diets)
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of dried fruit
- 2 tablespoons of oats
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ cup of pecan halves
- Prep apples by slicing them in half and removing their core. For best results, keep matching apple halves paired together.
- Mix the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl until combined. Next, stir in your dried fruit, oats, and pecans.
- Cut out 4 pieces of aluminum foil large enough to wrap each apple.
- On each piece of foil, place an apple half skin side down. Next, evenly spread the butter-sugar mixture onto each apple half. After all apples have spread, place the other halves on top and wrap each apple tightly in the foil.
- To cook your dessert, place the foil-wrapped apples onto a hot BBQ grill or fire pit coals for 15-20 minutes, or until softened.
- Carefully remove from heat, unwrap, and enjoy.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Serves: 4
2. Caramel Apple S’mores
Our next campfire dessert recipe gives an apple twist on a campfire classic: s’mores. These caramel apple s’mores go great on an autumn night beside a fire. The best part is that you’ll likely already have some of these ingredients tucked away in your snack cubby.
- 2 sheets of graham crackers (broken into 4ths)
- 4 marshmallows
- 4 tablespoons of caramel
- 1 sliced apple
- Cut an apple into equal-sized slices.
- Heat caramel for 10-15 seconds in a microwave or over the fire until warmed.
- Next, spread caramel onto a graham cracker. Once spread, top with an apple slice.
- Roast your marshmallow over a fire until browned.
- Place browned marshmallow over apple slice and top with another graham cracker.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 3 minutes | Serves: 4
3. Campfire Apple Pie Packets
When camping, we may not always have access to an oven, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the flavors of an apple pie. Use this campfire dessert recipe to satisfy your apple pie cravings whenever out camping.
- 2 apples, cored and sliced
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of dried fruit (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat your grill or start your campfire.
- Cut two 12 x 18-inch sheets of nonstick foil. If the foil isn’t nonstick, add a bit of cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.
- In a medium bowl, mix all of your ingredients until combined.
- Evenly split the mixture into two and place each on the nonstick foil.
- Wrap packets securely with double fold seams. Be sure to leave a bit of room for heat expansion.
- To cook, place packets onto a grill or above a fire for about 15 minutes.
- After about 15 minutes, carefully remove packets from the grill as they will be very hot. Additionally, open packets cautiously as hot steam will be released when opened.
- Serve directly from foil and enjoy.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Serves: 2
4. Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
The following campfire dessert recipe utilizes an RV kitchen essential: the Dutch oven. With a bit of prep ahead of time and some hot coals, this tasty apple crisp is an easy dish that’s perfect for large camping groups.
Ingredients for Apple Filling
- 8-12 Granny smith apples. Feel free to use any apples you’d like
- 4 oz of apple juice or cider
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons of flour
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Ingredients for Topping (Prep Ahead of Time)
- ¾ of a cup of flour
- 1 ½ sticks of cold butter, cut into small pieces
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ of a cup of brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of old fashion oats
- Prep your topping ahead of time and keep chilled until ready to use. Topping prep: add flour and butter to a food processor and mix until crumbly. Add additional ingredients besides oats. Once all ingredients are combined, stir in the oats. Place topping in a sealed bag and refrigerate.
- Once at your campsite and ready to cook, prepare your charcoal. You’ll need 8 coals for the bottom and 16 for the top, but feel free to prep a few extra for backup.
- Peel, core, and slice your apples.
- In a large bowl, combine your apples with the rest of your ingredients.
- Line your Dutch oven with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Place apple mixture into the Dutch oven, then top with your crumbly topping mixture.
- Place the lid on the Dutch oven, then place it over 8 coals in a circular pattern. Next, place 16 coals spread across the top of the lid.
- Bake apple crisp for around 40 minutes. To ensure even baking, rotate the lid and oven in opposite directions every 15 minutes. Add or remove coals as needed.
- Check on apple crisp at the 30-minute mark. The dessert should be bubbly and brown. If so, remove the coals and allow the oven to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
- Using a large spoon, serve apple crisp and enjoy.
Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Serves: 12
5. Campfire Apple Pie French Toast Rolls
Our last campfire dessert can double as a tasty breakfast or late-night dessert; the choice is yours. Either way, you’ll love these apple pie French toast rolls. For best results, we recommend preparing these in a cast iron pan over a fire.
- 12 slices of white sandwich bread
- 1 can of apple pie filling
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- ½ cup of granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- A dash of vanilla
- Butter or cooking oil for the frying pan
- Remove crust from bread and use a rolling pin to flatten each piece.
- Spread apple pie filling onto the bread, as much as can fit.
- Roll the bread tightly and place seam side down on a tray while you prepare the rest.
- In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- In a separate plate, combine cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add your butter or cooking oil.
- Take each roll and dip them into the egg mixture, ensuring to coat thoroughly.
- Place the rolls seam side down on the pan and cook until golden brown, making sure to turn them frequently to evenly brown.
- Remove cooked rolls from pan and place into sugar mixture and roll until they’re covered in sugar.
- Place rolls on a plate and serve plain or with syrup.
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Serves: 6
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