Mark the date this day is celebrated as national cookies days! The most favorite snack has its day to be celebrated.
Although it has it’s a day that does not mean we should wait for the 4th December to have cookies, we can have it wherever we want, even on camping.
Baking might seem like a task to do while on a camping trip but, it is not at all difficult, if you can bake cakes camping then why not cookies? I think nothing should stop us from satiating our craving for cookies.
It is like any other baking process on camping, or maybe even easier. It is an easy and great breakfast with your morning coffee or tea.
Anyways, cookies taste better when hot, there is no way you can carry freshly baked hot cookies to your campsite until and unless you are camping in your backyard or the forest behind your house.
We have the solution to how to cook cookies while camping.
Let’s get started, shall we?
5 Ways To Make Cookies While Camping
You require cookie dough, tray, or some kind of oven, campfire and that’s all. It is up to you to decide whether you want to bring a cookie mix or make the dough from scratch.
There are multiple ways to cook cookies, namely:
1. Skillet Baking
This is the most popular of all the methods to bake anything especially deserts. These are so easy to use and always give good results.
Instead of baking small cookies one by one in the skillet, bake one large cookie in the skillet pan, and then break into equal pieces to distribute.
You would require to prepare your cookie dough beforehand and store it in the RV refrigerator, or carry all the ingredients of your favorite cookie recipe and make fresh dough on the campsite.
After you have taken care of your cookie dough, pour it into a cast-iron skillet. Don’t forget to preheat the grill over the campfire and only cook the cookies over coal and not active fire.
Cover the skillet with foil and toss it up on the grill for about 20 minutes. Once, they turn into beautiful brown color and are cooked through the center, they are ready to be served.
Cut them into wedges or whatever shape you like and serve hot or with chocolate syrup on it. It tastes heavenly!
2. Make Own Makeshift Oven
Hacking an oven? It is not at all difficult as it sounds, you will know when you keep reading and following the steps carefully.
You would need:
- A fire pit
- A rack that fits over your pit or flat stones to build a tray support
- Essentials required to start a fire
- Cookie dough
- Cookie sheet
- Cooking spray
- Empty aluminum can
Step 1: Setup the rack or the flat stones
You need to set up the rack over a fire pit. Most campsites already provide you with a fire pit and a firing rack. If your campsite also provides this, then you can skip this step.
If you have a readymade rack then just place it over the fire pit. If not, then make two flat stones stand perpendicular to the ground with the support of other stones or soil. And voila, your rack stand is ready.
You can, of course, adjust your stone rack according to the size of the tray you are going to use.
Step 2: Build a fire
You need to start a successful fire to prepare coal with medium flames ith whatever you find convenient to start a fire.
Step 3: Get the oven ready
- Cover your cookie sheet or tray with foil, make sure the tray is old, or regularly used to prevent the damage to it from fire.
- Spray the cooking spray all over the tray.
- Place the empty aluminum can in the center of the tray.
- Drop your cookie dough on the tray.
- Leave enough space for it to spread evenly.
- Cover the whole tray with two layers of foil.
- The can will act as a center pole for a tent-like structure.
- The can will help in spreading the hot air evenly throughout the tray.
Step 4: Get baking!
- Always make sure that cookies are going over the hot coal and not flames. Flames will unevenly heat the bottom of the tray and burn the base of the cookies.
- Keep your cookie oven over the coal for around 8 minutes. On coal means over the firing rack initially.
- After 8 minutes check your cookies for doneness. If they are not cooked at all, then lower the tray or keep it directly on the coal.
- Your cookies might take up more time than expected depending upon the temperature of the coal.
Step 5: Let them cool and enjoy!
You might see some smoke coming out from the oven, but that is normal. The cookies will not take up the campfire taste or smell.
Enjoy it with milk or however you like them.
3. Dutch Oven
The dutch oven gives us an easy way to bake while camping.
Prepare your favorite flavor of the cookie dough and keep it prepared on the side.
Oil the dutch oven and pour in one cup of dry flour and grease it around, so that it sticks to the oil on the surface.
Make soft doughballs with floured hands and lay them in the bottom of the dutch oven. Only lay a single layer of the dough balls. Apply melted butter over the dough.
Keep this dutch oven on coal and put the lid on and store some coal on the lid as well, to ensure uniform heating throughout.
Keep rotating the dutch oven and tossing the hotter coal toward the center. Open the lid and check the cookies at most twice during the baking process.
Bake them for 20-30 minutes. Check if the cookies and done and serve hot.
4. Use Canned Biscuits
These are easy food tricks for cookies over a campfire. This will save you from the hassle of making dough for the cookies.
You either use the skillet or the dutch oven to make these. These cookies become fluffy when cooked in an oven.
- Grease a pan with a small amount of cooking oil or spray the pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Heat the pan slightly.
- Add the biscuits to the pan, but be sure the pan isn’t directly over a tall burning flame.
- Periodically, flip the biscuits so that they won’t scorch and until they are done.
5. Over A Pie Iron
Surprisingly, you can bake cookies in a pie iron. You can put the pie iron on a grill or over coal.
Spray the pie iron with cooking spray or grease it with oil. Drop the cookie dough and hold the iron over the coal.
Cook them for around 15-20, minutes. Check frequently to make sure they don’t burn.
You can enjoy these with any kind of jam or even coffee.
Some Cookie Dough Recipes That Can Be Used While Camping
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, or chunks
Equipment required- baking tray/ camp oven and coal
How to cook? – just follow the steps mentioned in the makeshift oven method and you are done!
Full recipe click here!
All you need is Pillsbury cookie dough, and Orea pack, and a skillet.
Just press your cookie dough on the skillet and put chopped or roughly crushed Oreos into the dough.
Follow the skillet method for further cooking. And you are ready to go!
I hope you are all clear about the methods to cook cookies while camping. Cold weather will certainly increase the joy of having hot and freshly baked cookies.
Baking can be therapeutic as well while venturing in nature is also a therapy. What’s better than improving your mental health while on a camping trip?
If you have any new ideas to bake cookies, let us know in the comment section. We would love to hear those.
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Until then happy camping!