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Easy RV Campfire Desserts for Lazy Chefs

Published on January 17th, 2024 by Lucinda Belden

I am not a great cook when I’m camping. If you aren’t either, don’t worry. Making these easy RV campfire desserts is so simple even your kids can make them. 

Here’s my top three tried-and-true simple campfire cooking recipes I make because everyone loves them. You’ll love how they don’t take a lot of ingredients. There are no eggs, butter, or boxes of sugar to buy. And making them won’t create a stinky RV kitchen. This is simple RV cooking, which leaves you with more space in your RV kitchen for other necessities and treats. 

Easy RV Campfire Desserts Anyone Can Make 

You will notice that these are all orange themed recipes with simple ingredients. They go with anything from hot dogs to steak and potatoes. And really, what’s better than a sweet orange in winter, or any time of year ? Combine the flavor with chocolate, and you’ve got a fan favorite in your library of easy camping recipes.

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If you don’t like oranges, you might take another flavor adventure and choose another fruit.

Campfire cooking requires more adapting and experimenting than at home. And although these weren’t made with gluten free ingredients, you can always adapt the dessert recipes to make them gluten-free. Everyone will still love your cooking, because after all, food just tastes like perfection in the great outdoors!

Orange Brownies

I like this campfire cooking recipe because the hot coals of the fire do most of the work. It also has a very cool presentation.  This recipe can be prepared ahead of time when you have coals going.  Just eat the brownie out of the orange when you are ready.  The finished dessert has a chocolatey orange flavor.

And if you don’t like oranges, try substituting your fruit with a banana.

Ingredients

  • One packet of brownie mix
  • Six oranges (or bananas)

Prepare brownie mix according to the instructions on the box.  Set aside.  

Cut six oranges in half and scoop out the insides.  Set the insides aside.  

Fill six orange halves with brownie mixture.  Put an empty orange half on top of a filled half. Wrap the six containers with aluminum foil. Keeping the brownie side down. 

Use long tongs to sit the oranges directly in heated coals on your campfire or grill brownie side down. Just don’t place them right in the flames.

Leave for about 15 minutes. Remove one and test to see if brownie is cooked.  Stick a plastic fork or toothpick in the brownie and when you remove it, nothing will be sticking to the fork or pick when done.

Serves six.

Orange Rolls

Make dessert and breakfast in one recipe! These are one of the fastest easy RV campfire desserts to make. But make a lot of them when you’re camping and you can have them for breakfast the next morning too. Just store them in baggies overnight. These rolls can be refrigerated.

If you don’t like orange flavor, go with a flavor of jelly you do like. 

Ingredients

  • Biscuits
  • Jar of orange marmalade

Instructions:

Lay out a piece of aluminum foil or a paper plate. 

Take a biscuit and smash it out very thin and round, about 1/4 inch.  

Put a tablespoon of marmalade on the biscuit and spread it out almost to the edges. Start on one side of the biscuit and roll up the marmalade inside of the biscuit. 

Take one end of the biscuit roll and start rolling it in a spiral. Repeat for all biscuits.

Place the biscuit spirals into a dutch oven, foil packs, or thick skillet without a cover. Then place the skillet onto a grill over flames for about 10 minutes.  

Take a spatula and flip over the spirals and cook another 10 minutes on the other side.

You can do the fork or toothpick test again. You know it’s done if no dough comes back on the fork or toothpick. 

Mix powdered sugar with water and drizzle icing on top if a sugary sauce sounds tasty to you.

Makes 8 rolls.

Cream-sticles

This is one of my favorite desserts for easy camping meals, because it’s a breeze to make. Everybody cooks their own! Just set out all the pieces on your picnic table, and let everyone assemble their own Cream-stickle. When ready, it tastes like a s’mores cookout, but with an orange take. 

If you don’t like oranges, try apple or strawberry chunks.

Ingredients:

  • Two oranges
  • Two bags of large marshmallows (if you can find flavored ones, try chocolate or orange)

Instructions:

Peel the oranges and divide the orange into its natural segments. Take long skewers and slide on an orange segment and then a large marshmallow. 

Continue alternating them on the skewer ending with an orange segment.  Leave room at one end of the skewer so you can hold it over the grill or campfire. 

Hold above the flames at a distance far enough that the marshmallows won’t burn before the oranges have a chance to heat up. 

Remove from fire when slightly browned and let cool. Pull an orange and marshmallow off to eat together for a creamsicle flavor.

Serves 4.

Orange Salad

Orange salad. Grill the oranges for a smoky flavor. (Image: Shutterstock)
Orange salad. Grill the oranges for a smoky flavor. (Image: Shutterstock)

Grill this salad or serve it cold. This camping recipe is for eating ‘by’ the campfire. It’s a great summertime recipe too.

Try grilling the oranges to add a smoky flavor to the salad. If you do grill them, let them cool before adding them to the recipe. 

The nice thing about this recipe is that you only have to refrigerate a couple of ingredients for it. Plus, you can whip it all up in one bowl. 

If you don’t like oranges, try substituting strawberries.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 small box of orange jello (or strawberry jello)
  • 2 oranges chopped and peeled (or 2 cups of strawberries)
  • 1 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 ounces of whipped cream 

Instructions: Peel your oranges and chop them into small pieces. Try to remove as much of the skin from the oranges slices as possible. Mix all these ingredients together and serve immediately. (Can chill if needed). 

Serves 4. 

Hope you enjoy these easy RV campfire desserts like we do when we’re camping. When you take your next camping trip, you’ll be asking everyone “Orange you glad you tried them?”

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