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Campfire Monkey Bread - An Easy Camping Treat for Kids Recipe

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Easy Camping Recipes Ideas for Kids and Adults

When you are camping with kids it's always nice to have camp food and meals that they will like, and even better - a campfire treat that they can help make.

This easy Monkey Bread camping recipes idea for kids serves double duty. It can be a breakfast bread treat or an evening campfire treat. Either way, it is a recipe they can make themselves - adding to their camping fun.

Adult campers are always looking for camping activities for kids that will help them enjoy the camping trip, and letting them prepare some of the camp food they will be eating is a good way to enhance their camping experience.

*A link to a printable version of this Fun and Easy Camping Recipes for Kids is provided below

Campfire Monkey Bread - Easy Camping Recipes for Kids

Monkey Bread is an old Boy Scout favorite that takes very little effort and camping cookware, and it works great as an evening campfire treat that everyone will enjoy. (every evening in camp should have a campfire treat)

As an added bonus, Monkey Bread is made using a Dutch oven and hot campfire coals; two must-have components of a good camping trip. It can be made in a camp oven, but it's just not the same experience for young campers.

The bonus for the adult campers is that it doesn't take a lot of prep, or make a lot of mess. If you foil-line the Dutch oven, the only real clean-up is one small saucepan used to melt the butter. Additionally, once it is set on the campfire coals, it doesn't have to be messed with again until it's almost done. And this easy recipe uses very few ingredients; sugar, butter, ground cinnamon, and biscuit dough - that's it. Easy as pie.

How to Make Dutch Oven Campfire Monkey Bread


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon - *you can use more or less, depending on taste
  • 1 stick butter, or 8 tbsp. margarine
  • 2 biscuit doughs per camper - the refrigerated kind, like Pillsbury Biscuits

Camping cookware and disposables:

  • 1 Dutch oven
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • 1 small sauce pan
  • A few brown paper lunch bags

Note: The Monkey Bread will be baked in a Dutch oven. The kid's part of making this camping recipe is simple and quick, so before starting you should prep the Dutch oven - line with foil, create an area of hot coals in the campfire, and set the Dutch oven on them to pre-heat. You can melt the butter in a small sauce pan, and set aside, while the kids are doing their part.


  1. Mix the sugars and ground cinnamon in a paper or Zip-Lock plastic bag, (paper works best), shake to mix well.
  2. Have each young camper cut their biscuit doughs into quarters - for young kids you might have to demonstrate once
  3. For more then two kids - divide the cinnamon/sugar mix into a couple bags, then let the kids put their biscuit pieces in the mix, close the bag, and shake vigorously until each chunk of dough is well coated with the cinnamon/sugar mix.
  4. The dough pieces are now officially Monkey Bread - the kids can toss them into the Dutch oven, or arrange them neatly, it doesn't really matter. Important: Make sure the Dutch oven is pre-heated.
  5. When all biscuit pieces are in, pour the melted butter over the entire batch - cover and cook.
  6. This easy camping recipes for kids will take about 30-35 minutes at about 350`, which equates to 10-12 briquet-sized hot coals under the oven, and about 12-14 on top
  7. After about 15 minutes, rotate the Dutch oven about 90` and replenish the coals on the top and bottom.
  8. At about 25-30 minutes, check the bread, it should be done. You will be able to tell because it will be puffy and slightly browned. If not, bake another 5 or 10 minutes.

Dutch Oven Clean-up Tip

You can use foil to line your Dutch oven for a lot of recipes like this. But an even easier solution is to use pre-made Dutch oven liners.

Camping Dutch Oven Liners
Camping Dutch Oven Liners | Source

Make your Monkey Bread a Real Campfire Treat

You can make this camping recipe a special evening treat for the kids with these extra touches.

  • While the Monkey Bread is baking, have your young campers get themselves a small stick - about pencil-thick and 12-18 inches long. Show them how to strip a couple inches of bark and sharpen one end. These will be their "spears" to be used for snagging the Monkey bread from the Dutch oven.
  • When the Monkey Bread is done, remove it from the fire and take the lid off. Keep the kids back a moment for the heat to vent out of the oven, and then let the kids gather round and "spear" their campfire treats right out of the Dutch oven - it's a lot more fun and participatory than just handing them out on plates. **Just make sure you supervise them - after all it is hot food coming out of a hot cast iron Dutch oven.

Top off the evening in style with a cup of hot chocolate or a cool drink, (depending on the weather, and the kids preferences), and make it a campfire treat they will remember for a long time.

Camping Dessert for kids

Just a little prep at home and a supply of paper towels are all that is needed for this camping dessert that doubles as a camping activity because you can let the kids create it themselves.

About the Author

The author behind Fun Camping Recipes for Kids, and camping activities for kids is Gus, an avid life-long tent camper that has camped in the mountains and on the plains, and in all four seasons - from 100+ to -10 degree weather. As a kid, with adults on week-long bear-hunting camps, and as an adult Boy Scout leader.

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      18 months ago

      it was a hit they couldn't get enough!

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      2 years ago

      I've added both the monkey bread and hobo omelets to our camping list! Thanks a mil!

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      Lorenzo M Vasquez III 

      4 years ago from El Paso, TX

      Wow! This is awesome! I will definitely try this with my kids. We are going camping during spring break and this a great excuse to convince my wife to let me buy that Dutch oven finally!!! Thanks for the great hub!

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      GA Andereson (Gus) 

      6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @cclitgirl - thanks for reading "Campfire Monkey Bread - Easy Camping Recipes for Kids," and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm glad you liked it.


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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Yum! This is a great hub with useful tips. I'll have to link to a hub I just completed about camp recipes. Well done.

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      GA Andereson (Gus) 

      6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Instantlyfamily - thanks for reading Campfire Monkey Bread - Easy Camping Recipes for Kids. and taking the time to comment.

      Yes they will. This was a favorite evening campfire treat on our Boy Scout outings. The older Scouts expected it, and the newer Scouts were amazed by it.

      ps. thanks for the rating.


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      6 years ago

      This is really cool! My kids are going to love it. I will be sure to include this in our next camping adventure! I am voting up.


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