In my opinion, fall is the best season for camping. The weather is crisp and there is magic in the air that simply isn’t there any other time of year. This is the season for long hikes, bundling up by the campfire, and chilly mornings spent drinking hot chocolate. It’s also the season for enjoying autumn flavors that fill your belly and warm your soul.
Some of the best of these flavors can be found in the desserts of the season, and these fantastic desserts are even better when made over a campfire.
Try making some of these treats on your next fall camping trip as you celebrate the gorgeous fall weather and all the awesome things that come along with it.
Nothing says fall quite like some delicious pumpkin flavor. That’s why we adore pumpkin s’mores, a yummy autumn twist on a classic camping favorite. To make these, all you have to do is smear a bit of canned pumpkin pie filling onto a graham cracker before assembling your s’more as you normally would.
Other fun fall-time twists on this treat include cinnamon s’mores (made with cinnamon graham crackers) and apple s’mores (which simply include slices of apples within the sweet sandwich). Get creative and see what other autumn s’mores flavors you can invent!
Speaking of cinnamon, we think enjoying this delicious spice is another great way to celebrate the season through food. That’s why these simple cinnamon twists are on our list of awesome fall campfire treats to try.
To create your cinnamon twist treats, start with a roll of canned breadsticks. Separate the breadsticks and wrap each one around a roasting stick. Roll the wrapped breadstick in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar and hold it over hot coals to cook the bread.
These things are just as delicious as you might imagine, and they’re so easy to make that even the kids can get in on the fun.
When it comes to the seasonal fruit of autumn, apples are at the top of the list. Everybody loves a good apple, and they’re so easy to come by during the fall that they make the perfect dessert fruit. Best of all, apples are good no matter how you choose to cook them.
One of our favorite ways to cook our apples? In the hot coals of a campfire.
This super simple recipe from AllRecipes tells you exactly how to go about this, and the results are fantastic. The use of brown sugar and cinnamon really helps to sweeten things up and bring out that wonderful apple flavor, and the warmth of these roasted fruits is just perfect on a chilly evening.
Campfire Pumpkin Pie
If you made the pumpkin s’mores above, you may be wondering what to do with the leftover pumpkin pie filling. This is where campfire pies come into play. Pumpkin pie is, as you know, the most quintessential of the fall desserts, and making your pie over the fire just enhances the magic of this delicious treat.
Making any sort of fruit pies over the campfire is super easy. Simply spray both sides of a pie iron with cooking spray, place a sheet of canned crescent roll dough in each side, place a dollop of pie filling on one side, close tightly, and hold over the hot coals to bake.
These things turn out wonderfully, and if pumpkin isn’t your thing, cherry or apple filling will work just as well.
Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
Finally, there is the option of pulling out the Dutch oven to make some monkey bread. I’ll admit, this particular dessert is a bit more complicated to make than the others listed here, but these warm, gooey, cinnamon sugar treats just scream fall.
I like this recipe for Dutch oven monkey bread. It’s super easy to make, always turns out well, and clean-up is easier than you might think. As an added bonus, this treat only takes about half an hour to bake, meaning if you start it when you begin eating dinner, it’ll be ready just as you’re finishing up the meal.
About the author: Chelsea Gonzales
Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family.
You can join her adventures through her blog, Wonder Wherever We Wander.
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