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Aug 08, 2015

“What’s for Dessert?”

Be sure to check out my other posts:  Scout’s Guide to Beginning Dutch Oven Cooking,  Cleaning a Dutch Oven, What’s for Breakfast and We Want Lunch.

Silly Rabbit Cobbler

Silly Rabbit.jpgInto a cool 12” Dutch Oven lined with Extra Heavy Duty aluminum foil dump a can of pineapple tidbits in water. Dump in one box of lemon cake mix. Dump in one can of Mandarin oranges in light syrup. Cut up ½ cube of margarine or butter and sprinkle on top. Cook with 6 coals under the oven and 14 coals on top until cake starts to form. Check and turn every 15 minutes. May take longer than 30 minutes. Tastes a little like Trix, silly rabbit.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

campfire_pineapple_upside_down_cake_aidInto a cool 12” Dutch Oven lined with Extra Heavy Duty aluminum foil place the contents of a tall can of pineapple rings in heavy syrup in the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Dump in one box of yellow cake mix. Mix in three beaten eggs. Cut up ½ cube of margarine or butter and sprinkle on top. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar. Cook with 6 coals under the oven and 14 coals on top until cake starts forms and a fork stuck into the cake comes out clean. Check and turn often after 15 minutes.

Sugar Cookies


If you watch your heat carefully, you can use parchment paper instead of cookie sheet

To make cookie dough, mix liquid ingredients together with the egg and sugar before adding the other dry ingredients. Stir until smooth. Grease a baking pan. Put a rack or metal tent stakes flat inside the Dutch oven to raise baking pan up off of the bottom. Roll cookie dough into small balls and space them out in the greased pan.

• 2/3 cup margarine
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla flavoring
• 1 Teaspoon lemon flavoring
• 1 egg
• 4 Teaspoons milk
• 2 cups flour
• 1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 Teaspoon salt
Pre-heat and bake with 14 coals on top and 6 coals underneath. Baking time ~15 minutes.

dutch oven coffee cakeCoffee Cake

Use a mixing bowl to prepare this batter before pouring it into either an oiled baking pan or a cool 12”
Dutch Oven lined with extra heavy duty aluminum foil and oiled. Oil the pan by coating it with cooking
oil, shortening or butter. Mix together the dry ingredients first, then stir in the liquids until the batter issmooth.
• 2 ¼ cups flour
• ½ Teaspoon Salt
• 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
• 1 cup brown sugar
• ¾ cup sugar
• 1 Teaspoon baking powder
• ½ cup cooking oil
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 cup milk
Bake 30-35 minutes with ~14 coals on top and 6 coals underneath the Dutch Oven. Test for doneness with a fork or toothpick that sticks in and comes out cleanly.

Two More Dutch-oven Desserts from Roger

Dutch_Oven_Black_Forest_Cake_305peach cobblerEasy Peach Cobbler (pictured left) and Easy Black Forest Dump Cake (pictured right are also listed at The Voice of Scouting: How Tos


I hope that by cooking a few of these basic items you will gain the confidence needed to try cooking some truly gourmet camp meals. When you feel confident, move on to try stuffed Cornish Game Hens, or quiche, or cherry pie, or…use your imagination. Once you know how to cook with a Dutch Oven, then deciding what to cook becomes more fun. Nothing tastes better than a meal that you’ve cooked yourself in the great outdoors.

For any comments, questions or improvements to this Scout’s Guide to Beginning Dutch Oven Cooking, please Email the author at

Roger TIpleyYours in Scouting,

Author: Roger Tipley | Past Scoutmaster of Troop 626, Houston, TX, currently serves on his District Committee.

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2 thoughts on ““What’s for Dessert?”

  1. AvatarAlphonse Beilstein

    Camping food tastes best when you make it yourself from an easy recipe whether its chicken in a ductch oven or some dessert over an open campfire. Try a recipe that your troop has not used before and broaden the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus your scouts use.

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