Campfire Cooking – Our Favorite Campfire Desserts

Food just tastes better in the woods. It just does.

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Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins

I used to love camping.

OK, I hated the actual camping part, but loved to be with my family when they enjoyed camping. Kids always LOVE camping. Camping is fun for everyone but the Mom. The Mom has to do all the work she would normally do, but in the dirt. With no electricity. And no running water. Sheeeeeesh. What’s fun about that?

But the kids, that’s a different story.

Dirt + Fire + Running wild + Water to splash in + Sleeping outside = Kid Heaven.

These days, I do more campfire cooking in my backyard portable metal firepit than I do actual campfire cooking in an actual campground. I highly recommend it.

So, every summer, we have the best of both worlds: campfire in a small portable campfire. And then sleeping in our own comfy beds at night. Plus hot showers and no bug bites. Definite improvement.

Our family developed some really delicious campfire desserts over the years, and I wanted to share some of them with you. So here, my friends , are our top three fave campfire desserts of all time.




These babies are so delicious and so foolproof even kids as young a 5 can put them together with minimal help and throw them in the fire.

Here is the entire recipe:

Stir up a box of blueberry muffin mix according to the package directions.


Cut an orange in half  and scoop out all the orange flesh. Save orange flesh for another time, or strain and drink the orange juice.


Fill one half of emptied orange with blueberry muffin mix.


Cover the filled orange half with the empty orange half and then wrap in three layers of aluminum foil.


Just throw them in the fire. No, really. Literally toss them in the fire. I know, I know. This might be scary the first time you do it. But trust me – they will not burn! The orange peel will insulate the muffin mix from burning. The orange peel itself might blacken a little, but the mix in the middle will turn out steamed and delicious. Like a steamed pudding. With a delicious orange flavor. Yum.

Keep turning the aluminum balls over and over in the fire, every minute or so. It usually takes about 10 minutes, but go ahead and pull them out and check them once in awhile until they are firm in the middle.

Then unwrap and eat with a spoon!

This, I think, is my very favorite campfire dessert of all time. My mouth is watering as I am writing this!



These are another easy foolproof but delicious dessert – with three ingredients: crescent roll dough in the tubes; chocolate pudding; whipped cream from a spray can.

You will need some wooden dowels, about 2 inches in diameter is best. Then, soak them for a few hours before using them.


Wrap some crescent roll dough around the soaked part of the dowels.


Then, just hold them over the fire until the dough cooks. Don’t hold them too close to the fire, or the dough will burn before it cooks through.


Then, fill with chocolate pudding. I like to put the pudding in a zip top bag and then cut one corner out and squeeze the pudding into the crescent roll tubes. Then, top with whipped cream.

These are yummy while the dough is warm but the pudding is cool.



This is another super easy dessert that tastes amazing when you’re gathered around a cozy campfire.


You just hold slabs of angel food cake on sticks over a fire – so easy that kids can do their own, just like s’mores.

Then, you slice some berries and add them to an aluminum foil packet with some brown sugar and toss the packet on the fire. Again, really. Be Brave! It won’t burn. Just leave it for a minute on each side and then remove. The berries turn out warm and sweet and delicious.



  1. Ang says

    I just taught an outdoor cooking workshop at a 4-H camp and gave the oranges a try, we had some kids do it with the blueberry muffin mix and some kids do it when cinnamon rolls. It was neat but the orange gave them kind of a bitter taste. Not my cup of tea but it was something cool to show them other than the normal s’mores and mountain pies.

    • says

      Sorry about the bitterness – we have made these literally for years and never had that happen. I would give it a try again – perhaps it was the batch of oranges???

  2. Eileen says

    Hi, can the Orange blueberry muffins be prepared the day before cooking? I am keen to make this for breakfast . Thanks and Regards

    • says

      I have not tried making these ahead, but as long as the filled oranges are stored upright so they don’t leak while waiting to be cooked, I think this would work!

      • Renee says

        Hi Donna. What kind of a fire do you recommend for the orange blueberry muffins? An “active” fire or a banked fire/embers only? Thanks!

        • says

          Believe it or not, either kind will work as long as your bundles are well wrapped. I prefer coals, but you can use flames. Just watch them closely!


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