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Campfire Apple Crisp

Look out s'mores; you've got competition! This just might become your new favorite campfire dessert! So whether you are camping in the woods or gathered around a fire pit in your backyard, you can enjoy the warm, comforting flavor of apple crisp. 
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 cups apples (2 to 3 large apples), peeled and cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice, **only if making ahead of time, see instructions**
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Aluminum Foil, heavy-duty


  • Tear off four sheets of aluminum foil, about 8-inches x 12-inches. Set aside.
  • Peel and cut the apples into ¼-inch slices. Set aside.
  • Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Then sprinkle the mixture on the sliced apples, stirring to coat the apples evenly.
  • Evenly divide the apples between the four pieces of aluminum foil.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  • Add the melted butter and stir with a fork, fluffing the topping as you stir. Stir until the butter is evenly distributed and the topping is completely moist.
  • Evenly sprinkle the topping on the top of the apples.

Baking the Crisp:

  • Fold each of the foil packets up and seal. Place on the grate over the campfire or on a preheated grill. Bake for about 20 minutes. The apple crisp is done when the topping is golden brown and the apples are soft.
  • Carefully open the foil packets (be careful of the escaping steam) and top with ice cream if desired.

**To Prepare Ahead of Time (to take on a camping trip):**

  • Cut up the apples and sprinkle with 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice, toss to coat. Store in an airtight container.
  • Place brown sugar and cinnamon mixture in a small airtight container.
  • Follow the instructions above for making the topping. And also store in a separate airtight container.
  • When you are ready to bake the apple crisp, drain off any liquid in the apples, then mix the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture with the apples. Next, divide the apples evenly over four (8-inch x 12-inch) foil sheets. Finally, evenly divide the topping amongst the four packets, seal, and bake as instructed above.


For best results and even cooking, place the foil packets on a grate above the coals or use a grill. Don't place the apple crisp directly in the coals as the extreme heat will burn the crisp. If you don't have a grate for the fire, you can place the foil packets next to the fire or coals and rotate the foils every 5 minutes to evenly cook the crisp.