Easy and Delicious Desserts for Camping

What is your favorite part of camping? Definitely the desserts! Here are our favorite camping desserts for summer inspiration. So give yourself a treat next time you go camping!

We like to spend time around the campfire after dinner when we’re camping. There’s nothing better than relaxing and connecting with one another. It’s also a wonderful moment to have dessert. It’s satisfying to finish the evening by eating something sweet. What’s the harm? Camping is supposed to be a fun experience! Campfire s’mores are the de facto dessert of choice, but there are countless other fun desserts to try. Banana Boats and Dutch Oven Apple Pies are just a few of dozens of easy camping dessert ideas.

The team has some great ideas for s’mores, but there is still a lot more… so much more! Whether you choose quick and easy make-ahead camping desserts or fun cast iron or dutch oven campfire desserts, these treats will make your campfire snacks extra special.

Camping Desserts Made Easy

Every family member agrees that desserts during a camping trip are absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, most people aren’t exactly so eager to volunteer their time to make the desserts. Besides hiking, you can also enjoy lakes and hammocking in the afternoons.

Below you will find a list of our top recommendations that you should give a try. Would you like to find more recipes for camping? Here are a few easy camping recipes!

Banana Boats on a campfire

Banana Boats on Campfire

A banana is the best thing ever! Especially if it’s accompanied by chocolate and other goodies. Thankfully, banana boats are an easy dessert that is absolutely incredible, and they are perfect for camping since they’re cooked on hot coals.

Our banana boats are also customizable, so you can add whatever toppings you want. Would you like peanut butter on them? Go right ahead! Do you want hazelnut spread on them and strawberries? No problem! Just imagine what you can come up with.

Cake made with a Dutch oven

With just one box of chocolate cake mix, lime soda, oil, and eggs, you can whip this moist, tender cake into shape. In addition to providing a delicious citrus note to the cake (chocolate and lime are a great combination! ), the soda also adds a lot of air to make the cake light and fluffy. 

If you wish to make it extra special, try sprinkling chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows on top after the cake has cooled for 10 minutes. Melting them will make faux-frosting as the cake cools.

Campfire S’mores

S’mores can be made in a variety of ways; there is no wrong way. It doesn’t matter what the ingredients are – chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers – you’re pretty much-guaranteed yumminess. However, if you’d like to learn exactly how to do it right, I have you covered.

Make sure that you keep moving the marshmallow so it toasts evenly. Then, place it right in the middle of the cracker and press firmly when you pull. Otherwise, you’ll just get the melted coating, leaving the center of the marshmallow on the stick.

Campfire Quesadillas

Campfire Quesadillas

The best food to eat around a campfire is quesadillas. Taking a couple of packs of tortillas with you on your next camping trip is easy since they last forever and don’t occupy much space.

The tacos are better with mini tortillas, but for this recipe, you want the larger ones so you can fold over the ooey-gooey filling and keep it warm. 

Make sure to use mini marshmallows or even marshmallow fluff for a smoother melting experience. Be careful, as they will get very hot.

Cookie dough pops

Is there anything better than chocolate chip cookie dough? Of course, we do, but on the other hand, it’s a bad thing you should avoid. It is fortunately this delicious and silly dessert that saves the day.

Make your own edible cookie dough push pops by making your own cookie dough. After preparing the dough, simply fill the push-up pop tubes with the mixture and chill until you’re ready to enjoy.

Dessert pizza for campfires

Spending time outdoors away from screens and distractions is the perfect way to spend quality time with family and friends. Everything revolves around cooking in my house. Does camping have to be any different?

I love this fun way to engage everyone! It wouldn’t be hard to set up a little station with ingredients, and people could make their own dessert pizzas.

In my personal opinion, peanut butter and jelly is my favorite combination, but I bet Nutella and brownies would be a huge hit, too!

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

Next time you go camping, try making monkey bread if you haven’t done so already. Ideally, this dessert should be cooked over hot coals in a Dutch oven. There is a bit of patience required here, but it is so, so worth it! During the week, it makes great breakfast food as well as delicious dinner food.

You have many choices when it comes to delicious camping desserts, as you can see. On this list, you’ll find something for everyone – whether you’re looking for easy or fun recipes or something you’ll remember for years to come.

Have trouble choosing a recipe? If you’re camping often, try each and every dessert on this list at one of our favorite campgrounds.

Strawberry Campfires

Even though I enjoy a good s’more, after one, two, or three (ok, three or four), they become a little too sweet. The marshmallows and chocolate are just so rich and delicious. Perhaps you’re looking for something different while on a longer trip.

S’mores on a campfire are an excellent alternative. Fresh strawberries and marshmallow fluff combine to create a delicious breakfast. Just make sure the fruit is well dried out so that the Fluff will stick!

The Campfire Pie

The classic campfire pie is yet another recipe that can (and should) be prepared over a campfire. For this one, a pie iron will be a necessity, but aside from that, the ingredients can be whatever you want them to be.

While some people only use white bread and canned pie filling for their campfire pies, others use refrigerated pie filling.

The cones of a campfire

What if you liked s’mores but didn’t want them to get messy? Kids (and adults) love the fun, less messy, and absolutely delicious nature of campfire cones.

You should provide plenty of fillings and let the people build their own cones to make this dessert as fun as possible. Fillings that people enjoy include chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanut butter chips, fruit, sprinkles, and small chocolate bars.

Worms and dirt

Are you looking for something fun you can create before even leaving your home? The pudding cups adorned with worms and dirt are always a hit with young campers.

To make your job easier, you can use instant pudding mix as you did for the banana pudding. From there, you just need to crush some chocolate cookies and add some gummy worms to each serving to make a “dirt” layer.

Hello, my name is James Tinnin and I am an outdoor enthusiast, writer, and avid camper. I have always had a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and my passion for nature has only grown stronger over the years.