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Easy Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Campfire Cinnamon Rolls -the perfect easy treat for camping, using store bought cinnamon rolls, your kids will LOVE these!
Easy Campfire Cinnamon Rolls -the perfect easy treat for camping, using store bought cinnamon rolls, your kids will LOVE these!

f you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls you will love this camping version.  Made with store-bought cinnamon rolls from the refrigerated section of the grocery store, they so easy to make.  And baked over an open campfire, they are so perfect for your next camping trip.

I had this idea, that you could make cinnamon rolls over the campfire, and they worked…they really worked. The kids were skeptical, but let me tell you, they were believers after their first bites.

I was on my annual camping trip, with 4 of my girl friends and our 10 kids on a beach/camping trip for a couple nights. We’ve got a little smarter over the years, and we’ve settled into a great little system where one of us cooks one meal for everyone over the trip and that’s all you have to do. We supplement it with trips to the ice cream shop too. 😉 I picked the first dinner -it’s a get it over with so you can enjoy yourself kind-of-a-move.

I wowed them with the campfire paninis, can I just say, they really are awesome. And just when they were all satisfied with their amazing dinner, I brought on dessert.  These were a lovely after dinner dessert treat.  They would also make a great and easy breakfast.

It was a little experimental, but it actually worked a charm. Surveying the kids afterward, I think this might just become part of our annual camping tradition. They aren’t exactly like the out of the oven version.  They’re a little smoky, and a little charred, but that just makes them more campfire-y.  This is one of my new favorite camping recipes.

Campfire Cooking

Move over marshmallows, we’ve got a new favorite campfire dessert to make in the great outdoors over an open fire!  Just like roasting marshmallows, these work best over a fire that has some nice hot coals.  You won’t want to place your cinnamon rolls over the direct or large flames.  The hottest part of the campfire is the hot coals, and this is the best spot for roasting them in indirect heat rather than in the open flame.  

We roasted our delicious campfire cinnamon roll-ups using marshmallow forks.  These are great because they’re extendable.  They also offer a little more space for the cinnamon roll, and are a better choice than roasting stick.  Fair warning though, It does take quite a while to cook the cinnamon roll dough all the way through.  Some of our younger kids got tired of holding their forks and rotating them, so the moms took over, even propping some of the forks over the coals, and rotating them occasionally.  Cooking time will vary depending on how hot your coals are, are big your fire is, and hot close to the hot coats in your fire pit that you hold your cinnamon roll while it cooks.  Keep in mind these usually take 10 minutes or so in the oven to bake.

 use store bought cinnamon rolls and roast over a campfire

In order to put your cinnamon roll onto your campfire fork, you will need to unroll it, and then roll it onto the the fork in a single overlapping layer.  We used half of one cinnamon per fork.  You will know the cinnamon roll is cooked when it’s golden brown on the outside and no longer doughy on the inside.  Cook them less for more gooey cinnamon rolls.

 unrolling a cinnamon roll

Be sure to let your cinnamon rolls cool slightly before eating.  The best part of these yummy cinnamon rolls is the topping.  We used the cream cheese icing that comes in the premade package with the cinnamon rolls to ice them after they’re cooked, or you can roll them in a cinnamon sugar mixture.  Both options make such a tasty treat.

So here’s how you make this delicious cinnamon roll recipe.

Yield: 10

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Pillsbury Grands "Flaky Supreme" Cinnamon Rolls with Icing (you can use any brand or kind you like, but these unrolled really well)


    1. Unwrap the cinnamon roll dough, and divide the long pieces of dough in half.
    2. Wrap half of the dough from the flattened roll around a campfire fork. Do not overlap the dough too much. If it's too thick it will burn on the outside and be doughy still on the inside. Now just roast it over your campfire. As it cooks it will get browned on the outside and puff up a little. The main challenge is getting it done on the inside, so it's not too doughy.
    3. Once it's done, let is sit a few minutes because it will be too hot to handle, then take it off the fork and drizzle with a little bit of the prepared icing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

roasting a cinnamon roll over a campfire

So simple, and so, so yummy.   This is the perfect fun treat to make while you’re sitting around a campfire. There is no easier camping recipe to make.   I know all the campfire foodie people will love this idea.  There’s no prep work, and it’s one of our favorite campfire easy recipes.  If you’re huge fans of cinnamon buns, then you will love this easy campfire version.  This the best way to make quick and fun camping breakfasts or dessert around the campfire at the end of the day.

campfire cinnamon rolls

With campfire cinnamon buns, life really is a party!

Easy Campfire Cinnamon Rolls -the perfect easy treat for camping, using store bought cinnamon rolls, your kids will LOVE these!

More Camping Recipes

You might also like our Campfire Baked Apples recipe here.

Also check out our Campfire Paninis recipe here.

You might also like our Campfire Muffins in an Orange Peel here.



  1. YUM! These look so good – and I’m glad they worked! Unrolling them was a brilliant idea. Thanks for linking up to the Inspiration Gallery!

  2. It varies a lot depending on how hot your fire is and how closely you hold them. You should be able to tell by the outside, or cut into the edge and see if it’s still doughy. Best of luck!

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