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Fun and Easy Camping Recipes

Here are some favorite family camping recipes gathered from the members of our email group!

From: Nanci Duncan
Subject: Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes
  • Get one orange per person at least
  • One package of Jiffy chocolate cake mix
  • Aluminum foil
  • This is the fun part! Cut the top off the oranges and eat them out with a spoon. This works good with any oranges but try to get the ones with thicker skins if you can.

    Mix-up the cake mix in a plastic bag. Pour the cake mix into the orange peels and wrap them in aluminum foil so that they look sorta like a hershey kiss twist at the top of the foil.

    Place these in the fire on the edges of the coals or wood. When you can smell them cooking they are done. They don't have to cook too long but not sure about the exact time. Unwrap the foil and give every one a spoon and an orange cake!

    My kids just love these and I guess if I felt the need I could justify these desserts since they do have oranges -- but as for myself I don't worry about that stuff!

    These have a chocolate taste with a tad of orange taste.


    Also have you ever done roasted bananas? These are easy also and taste something like a banana split. Slit the bananas down the middle and fill with chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts, coconut or just about anything that your family likes. Wrap in foil and let heat until chocolate chips melt. Be sure to keep the cut side up when cooking. [see "Hot Banana Boats" below!]


    Here is an easy receipe for little pies:

    Take one can of biscuits and flatten each biscuit. Using a can of cherry pie filling or what ever you want put this on the biscuit and fold over to make a half moon. These can be cooked in a skillet on the fire or in a hamburger cooker over the fire. We sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on the top. Be careful not to burn.


    Here is a walking apple that we enjoy on hikes here at home and when we camp.

    Core an apple and fill with peanut butter and raisins. This way when you are walking around you don't have to worry about where to put the apple core and you are getting some good energy from the peanut butter!


    From: Craig & Pam Coffey

    Speaking of camping recipes, one of our favorites is:
  • Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • pudding
  • broomstick
  • Roll the crescent roll around the broomstick. (Pillsbury really do work the best. We've tried off brand and they are much greasier and slide right off!) Slowly cook the roll over the campfire. When lightly browned remove from the broomstick. Fill the inside of the roll with pudding! MMMMMMM so good!!!


    We went on our FIRST tent campout last week with our family of 5. It was a lot of fun! The one recipe that was a big hit with our 3 boys was pizza pockets. We took a hobo pie maker and put a buttered slice of bread on each side. Then we put pizza sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese on one slice of bread. We hooked the hobo pie maker together and stuck it in the bed of coals. They were delicious! We also made ham & cheese pockets in them too.


    From: Donna Pryer

    Don't forget Apple Pie!

    Take 2 store-bought oatmeal cookies (the hard crisp kind) and put apple pie filling between them. wrap in foil and heat thru (about 5-10 minutes) These are so quick and the upside is that it doesn't involve marshmallow!

    (Donna wonders why when we are camping we get the kids all cleaned up and then feed them S'mores!)


    From: Nancy Billman

    How about the Hobo dinner? It is where you take a piece of foil and add any kind of meat and veggies. We used this many times with our girl scouts because we would offer many different veggies and they were able to choose which ones to add. This way they did get a good dinner but not what "WE" made them eat. I usually just use hamburger, carrots, potatoes and onions.

    Another thing we made often were "pots of gold" Get those cheap rolls, the ones that come 4 cans to a pack. Flatten out the rolls, I think each can had 8 or 10. Place a little chunk of cheese in the middle and close the roll dough around. Next make up a big pot of tomato soup and when warm add the little dough balls. Cook until they rise to the top of the pot. Then cover for a few minutes. Try not to cook over too hot of the fire or the soup will burn.... and I don't know about you but I really hate to clean burnt tomato soup pots.

    Diana adds:

    The Boy Scouts call those turtles! It is a very popular recipe to bring on an outing or for the whole troop to prepare. Most kids like a hamburger patty but you can use a filet chicken breast too then a little garlic and pepper. I think there is a commercial foil that does the exact same thing in the oven!


    From: Gayle Dobbs

    For camping... baked apples are wonderful. Just core a green apple, fill it with butter and cinnamon, wrap in foil and set it on the coals for about 20 minutes. Adding caramel sauce to this would be great too. I didn't have any caramel at my last campout so I put sugarbabies inside and it was very tasty.

    I also got canned biscuits and rolled them in my palms, then wrapped them around a clean stick. I roasted them like a marshmallow over the fire until cooked...then rolled them in butter, sugar and cinnamon.

    I love camping!!


    Hot Banana Boats (serves 6)
  • 6 unpeeled bananas
  • 3 chocolate bars
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Heavy-duty foil
  • Cut a slit down the length of each banana (do not cut all of the way through). In the slit, stuff each banana with chocolate pieces and marshmallows. Wrap each banana in foil and place it on hot coals (never on flames). Watch closely and check often. These mouth-watering Banana Boats are done when chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Unwrap the treat and dive in.

    Bacon and Eggs in a Paper Bag
  • Two strips bacon (thick)
  • one paper lunch bag
  • one egg
  • one stick
  • Cut bacon strips in two, place at the bottom of the paper bag, covering the bottom. It is important that you have thick strips of bacon as thin ones will stick and adhere to the paper bag when cooked. Crack egg and put in paper bag on top of the bacon. Fold lunch bag down three times and poke a hole through it with the stick, so that the bag is hanging on the end of the stick. Hold over charcoal and watch the grease from the bacon protect the bag and cook the meal.

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