Matt Johnson

Easy to Make and Delicious Campfire Desserts

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Oct 7, 2020Updated: Dec 11, 2023

When we camp we always plan out or meals and snacks before we head out to make sure we have everything, however, don’t forget the campfire desserts!

To help you along, we’ve decided to give you some inspiration for your next trip by highlighting a few of our favorite treats. They’re definitely delicious and super simple to make.

Before diving into these delicious treats, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need to prepare food over the campfire.

Upgraded S’mores

Delicious Upgraded S'mores
Photo from Buzzfeed

The original s’mores is a glamping treat of its own, but why not take it to the next level and have some fun with it?

There are 3 major components of the classic dessert. Consider swapping them each out one at a time to achieve the best possible taste.

Some ideas include replacing the graham cracker with slices of toasted pound cake (super sweet, super delish!). As for the Hershey’s chocolate bar, replace that with a Reese’s peanut butter cup, it’s a perfect size as well. Then lastly, instead of the standard marshmallow, grind up Oreos and mix with whipped cream and spread it on.

While there are countless ways to upgrade this pillar, this is just one way to put your spin on it.

Marshmallow Banana Boats

Super simple, amazingly delicious, and you can make the argument that it’s *cough* a healthier option.

Marshmallow Banana Boats Campfire Dessert
Photo from Suburble

To make these campfire desserts, you need aluminum foil, bananas, mini-marshmallows, and chocolate chips/morsels.

First, with the banana still in its peel, slice it down the middle creating an opening. Now stuff the morsels and marshmallows into the middle of the banana. There’s no secret method here, just however much you want of each.

Lastly, roll the banana and its stuffing into aluminum foil and cook over your open flame for 5 minutes or so. Slightly open one to check to see how melted and gooey they’re getting.

Once they’re ready grab your spoon and eat out of the aluminum foil like a bowl because it is sure to get messy!

Gilled Shortcake Kabobs

These grilled shortcake kabobs, also known as grilled shortcake skewers, are a fast and easy, and extremely delicious option for a campfire dessert.

Grilled Shortcake Kabobs
Photo from Betsy Life

You’ll need some skewers, a loaf of shortcake, and your choice of fruits such as strawberries and pineapples. It’s critical that you use fruits that are going to hold their form on the skewer.

Next, chop them up into bite-sized slices and add them to the skewers for grilling. You’ll be amazed at the succulent combination that pound cake, fruit, and that grill flavor make.

To top these treats off, drizzle some chocolate syrup on them and dip them into a cool whip for the ultimate afternoon snack.

Berry Poundcake Skillet

Thank me later, but you’re going to love this delicious skillet combo – and it is ridiculously simple!

Berry Pouncake Skillet Campfire Dessert
Photo from Taste and Tell Blog

Start off by getting your campfire going. You’re going to need some good heat for this tasty treat.

Toss in 1lb of fresh berries and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a bowl for around 15 minutes to release the juices of the fruit. Personally, I like raspberries and blueberries, but feel free to cut up some strawberries, blackberries, pineapple, or any other fruits.

Add 1/4 cup of butter to your cast iron skillet and give it a couple of minutes to melt. Now add 1″ cubes of pound cake to the melted butter while continuously flipping the cubes until the pound cake is lightly toasted. Once toasted, take the skillet off of the heat.

Drop-in your fruit and Rolos over the cubes and cover the skillet with foil. In about 15 minutes the fruit will be warm, the chocolate melted through and you will have a delicious berry poundcake skillet!

Eating and sharing are part of the fun whether you’re camping or glamping. Did you try what we posted? Do you have your own ideas for tasty campfire desserts? We would love to hear from you in our comments below!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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