Two Ways to Make Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

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Two simple ways to make cinnamon rolls, grilled or over the campfire. Ooey gooey, deliciously easy camping recipe you can make ahead and cook outdoors!

People ask what we eat when we’re camping, and we pretty much eat anything we’d eat at home. Of course, we try to keep meals simple and easy; and these cinnamon rolls are no exception.

easy cinnamon rolls in foil pie plate for camping

You can mix up a batch of these campfire cinnamon rolls (and the icing for cinnamon rolls) ahead of time and take it all with you in the cooler. I’ll have some easy storage tips for you below, as well as a printable recipe.

Like my homemade biscuit cinnamon rolls, they taste just as good as cinnamon rolls. Just like drop biscuits, you can cook these cinnamon biscuits over a grill or a campfire.

frosted cinnamon rolls in a foil pie plate on a wooden surface with a blue cloth

While we’ve taken canned cinnamon rolls with us, I’m just not in love with them. Even though this is a biscuit mix or Bisquick recipe, they taste so good, and our boys absolutely love it when we make fun camping desserts (like these toasted skillet s’mores).

Related Recipe: Bisquick Cinnamon Biscuits.

Ingredients you need to make campfire cinnamon rolls:

Tips for how to make and store these easy cinnamon rolls:

I recommend mixing these up at home and then packing them in the cooler for cooking over the campfire (or grill). If you can’t use a campfire or grill, because there have been many times we were in that exact situation, you can cook them in a Dutch oven on your camp stove.

Dutch oven cinnamon rolls made with Pioneer mix

Mixing them up is super easy. Start by mixing the biscuit mix and milk together until you have a nice sticky dough.

Spread a little flour out on a clean surface, and knead your dough just enough so it’s not sticky anymore.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush on the melted butter; then sprinkle it with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Roll the dough tightly into a log. Then cut it into 1-inch slices.

Place each slice in a foil pie plate. Once it’s full, just cover with plastic wrap, and then place the whole pie plate down in a plastic gallon bag, seal it, and place it in your cooler.

Now if you want frosted cinnamon rolls, you gotta mix up the icing quick. Just mix together the ingredients; you can use this easy sugar cookie icing, but you may want to cut it down because you won’t need that much.

icing for cinnamon rolls in easy squeeze bottle

Once your icing is made, you can store it in a simple squeeze bottle with a lid and tip cover and put it in the cooler. This makes it easy to both store in your cooler and then squeeze right on your cinnamon rolls after they’ve cooked.

No mess, no fuss! It’s so simple and easy!

Tips for how to “bake” cinnamon rolls outdoors:

You’ll need one of two things… A Dutch oven (preferably with a tripod) and/or a pie iron. Pie irons are fun because then everyone can cook their own, and kids love being able to make their own.

Dutch oven cinnamon rolls:

aluminum foil sling to lower cinnamon rolls into Dutch oven for cooking
  1. For Dutch oven cinnamon rolls, you can make a sling with aluminum foil.
  2. Place your uncovered foil pie plate down into the Dutch oven using your sling. We like to put a few jar rings in the bottom of our Dutch oven, so our pie plate isn’t sitting directly on the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  3. Let the rolls cook over the campfire or on the grill for probably 10 minutes or a little more. Just check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn.
biscuit mix cinnamon rolls cooking in the Dutch oven on the grill

I suggest using a tripod, so that your Dutch oven can sit up off the fire, and the bottoms of your cinnamon rolls won’t burn.

grilled cinnamon rolls in a foil pie plate

If you’re using a grill, don’t be like us and place your Dutch oven straight on the coals… Place it on the grill above the coals.

Pie iron cinnamon rolls:

grilling cinnamon rolls in a pie iron
  1. For a pie iron recipe, spray the inside of your pie iron with cooking spray.
  2. Place 2 or more cinnamon rolls inside, close it up, and hold it over the grill or fire.
  3. Cook the cinnamon rolls for around 10 minutes. Just check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn.
pie iron recipe for campfire cinnamon rolls

Either way you bake your cinnamon rolls, when they’re done, just squeeze on the icing, and they’re ready to eat! Yum!

frosted cinnamon rolls in a pie iron, hot off the grill

Kitchen/Camping tools you may need to make camping cinnamon rolls:

Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a bowl to mix up your dough and your icing.

Rolling Pin – to roll out the dough.

Pastry Brush – You’ll use this to brush the melted butter onto the dough.

Foil Pie Plate – This makes it easy to store your cinnamon rolls in the cooler until you’re ready to cook them.

Dutch Oven – If you want to make a whole pan of cinnamon rolls, you can cook them in a Dutch oven, either over the campfire on a tripod, or on the grill.

Pie Iron – If everyone would rather cook their own cinnamon rolls, this is the perfect way. It’s so fun!

serving cinnamon rolls while camping in the great outdoors

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Two simple ways to make cinnamon rolls, grilled or over the campfire. Ooey gooey, deliciously easy camping recipe you can make ahead and cook outdoors!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword campfire cinnamon rolls, camping recipes, cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix the biscuit mix and milk together until you have a nice sticky dough.

  2. Spread a little flour out on a clean surface, and knead your dough just enough so it’s not sticky anymore.

  3. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. 

  4. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.

  5. Brush the melted butter onto the dough; then sprinkle it with your sugar/cinnamon mixture.

  6. Roll the dough tightly into a log. Then cut it into 1-inch slices.

  7. Place each slice upright in a foil pie plate

  8. Once your pie plate is full, just cover it with plastic wrap, and then place the whole pie plate down in a plastic gallon bag, seal it, and place it in your cooler.

  9. For the icing, just mix together the ingredients, per the recipe link in the ingredients; you can cut the recipe down so you don’t make quite so much.

  10. Once your icing is made, you can store it in a simple squeeze bottle with a lid and tip cover. 

  11. Either way you cook your cinnamon rolls, when they’re done, just squeeze on the icing, and they’re ready to eat! Yum!

Dutch Oven Recipe Instructions:

  1. For Dutch oven cinnamon rolls, you can make a sling with aluminum foil, then place your uncovered foil pie plate into the Dutch oven. We like to add a few jar rings to our Dutch oven, so our pan isn’t sitting directly on the bottom of the Dutch oven.

  2. You can cook them over a campfire, using a tripod*, or on the grill.

  3. Let them cook for probably 10 minutes or a little more. Just check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn.

Pie Iron Recipe Instructions:

  1. Spray the inside of your pie iron with cooking spray

  2. Place 2 or more cinnamon rolls inside, close it up, and hold it over the grill or fire.

  3. Cook the cinnamon rolls for around 10 minutes. Just check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn.

Recipe Notes

I recommend mixing these up at home and then packing them in the cooler for cooking over the campfire (or grill). If you can’t use a campfire or grill, because there have been many times we were in that exact situation, you can cook them in a Dutch oven on your camp stove.

* The reason I suggest a tripod is so that your Dutch oven can sit up off the fire, and the bottoms of your cinnamon rolls won’t burn.

Nutrition Facts
Campfire Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 434mg 18%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 8%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Campfire cinnamon rolls are easy and fun to make for the whole family! I love that I can make them ahead in just a few minutes and pack them in the cooler for a fun surprise treat.

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