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Campfire apple crisp is fun to make if you’re camping, and it’s also a tasty dessert idea if you’re not! Juicy apples are sweetened with sugar and flavoured with cinnamon, and this campfire apple dessert is topped with a sweet and crunchy crumb topping. It’s a decadent campfire dessert which everyone will love. So, if you’re looking for something other than s’mores (which are also great!) try these apple crisp foil packets instead.

Campfire apple crisp made in a foil packet on the fire or grill.

Sweet juicy apples are always a treat and this campfire apple crisp showcases their wonderful flavour. It’s the perfect apple crisp recipe to choose if you’re camping and sure to be a highlight of your next camping trip.

If you love apples, you might also like to make some apple pie muffin top cookies, these apple pie jello shots or what about apple sausage gouda breakfast casserole? These limoncello wedding cookies are also really good.

A foil pack apple crisp recipe served with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Why You’ll Love Campfire Apple Crisp

Simple to prepare: Making campfire apple crisp is really easy. Nobody wants to mess around with complicated ingredients while camping, and you aren’t going to have your whole kitchen with you, so make apple crisp foil packets and you’ll be making a great choice!
Oh so tasty: Every component in these apple crisp foil packs is delicious, so you can imagine how amazing the finished dish is going to be. If you love hot desserts served with vanilla ice cream, this is perfect.
Ideal for campers: As long as you have a large mixing bowl and some aluminum foil with you, you can prepare these amazing apple crisp foil packets on the campfire.

Apple dessert made on the campfire or grill.

Ingredients for the Best Campfire Apple Crisp

Apples are the star of this easy foil packets dessert and you can choose from Granny Smith apples, HoneyCrisp, Golden Delicious, or your favourite kind of sweet or tart apples. Brown sugar as well as white is used to flavour them, along with some ground cinnamon.

Ingredients to make campfire apple crisp.

As for the crumb topping, you’ll need flour, sugar, oats, salted sweet cream butter, and another pinch of cinnamon. These can be served with ice cream or, if you aren’t hauling a mobile freezer or camping near a grocery store, aerosol whipped cream will be fine! Oh, and some caramel sundae topping is always a treat.

Cutting apples for a camping apple crisp recipe.

How to Make Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets

For more detailed instructions, with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the apple mixture: Core the apples, cut them into slices and toss them with the sugar and ground cinnamon.
Prepare the crumb topping: Mix the remaining ingredients together for the crumb topping.
Make the foil packets: Next, divide the apples between squares of foil, then add the crumb mixture on top, before bringing the edges together to make the foil packets, leaving a little vent hole in each one.
Cook the apple crisp: Cook the campfire apple crisp foil packets for about 15 minutes, then open one foil packet to see whether the apples are soft and the topping is bubbling hot, and cook some more if needed.
Serve the campfire apple pie packets: Carefully open foil packets and serve with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sundae topping, or anything else you like.

Making a camping apple dessert recipe.
Cooking the apple crisp in a foil packet on a grill.

Substitutions and Variations

You can use any kind of sweet juicy apples you want in this campfire cooking favourite. The tart flavour of Granny Smith apples works nicely here or perhaps you have another preference.

Apple crisp topped with ice cream and caramel sauce.
Apple crisp cooking in foil on the fire or grill.

If you’re using a sweeter apple, you can add a squirt of lemon juice to counter the sweetness. Apple pie spice works in place of the cinnamon if you want to use that, or even pumpkin pie spice.

Homemade apple crisp for camping.

What to Serve with Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets

These delicious foil packets are great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. They’re also nice with another flavour of ice cream. A drizzle of caramel sundae topping is nice, or even fudge, chocolate or another flavour.

Close view of apple crisp.

How to Store this Campfire Apple Crisp Recipe

Store: This campfire apple crisp foil packets dessert is best served as soon as it’s made. If you do have leftovers, they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: It’s unlikely you’ll be taking a freezer on your next camping trip, but if you’re making these at home you can freeze them in portions for future desserts.
Thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Reheat: Leftovers can be reheated for a minute or so in the microwave.

Apple crisp in a foil wrap.

Grilled Apple Crisp FAQs

How do you make sure these don’t burn on the campfire?

Campfire apple crumble is pretty easy to make but it’s important not to burn them. Campfires aren’t as easy to control as, say, the oven. The best way to make sure your apple crisp foil packets don’t burn is to put them over a hot part of the campfire (over hot embers) rather than in the direct flame or over a cooler part of the fire.

Can you cook these in the oven?

If the weather isn’t on your side, you can always bake your apple crisp foil packets instead of cooking them over an open fire. About 20 minutes in a 350 degrees F oven should do it.

Camping dessert made in a foil packet.

Campfire Apple Crisp Recipe

5 from 35 votes

Campfire Apple Crisp

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Sweet juicy apples are always a treat and this campfire apple crisp showcases their wonderful flavour. It's the perfect apple dessert recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 6 apples, large, any variety but I suggest you use a tart apple like Honey Crisp or Granny Smith
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup quick oats
  • 1 Stick butter, melted
  • ½ Teaspoon cinnamon

Optional Toppings:

  • vanilla ice cream
  • caramel sundae topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat the grill for 350 degrees F or get your campfire going.
  • Core and cut the apples into thin slices. You should have around 8 to 10 slices per apple.
  • In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon until well coated.
  • Make the crumb topping by combining the flour, brown sugar, quick oats, butter and cinnamon together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  • Lay out six large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. (12X12 in pieces) Evenly distribute the sugared apples onto the center of each piece of foil.
  • Generously sprinkle the crumb topping over each pile of apples. You want enough to cover the apples completely.
  • Bring the edges of the foil together to make a packet. Seal the packets well but leave some room for the heat to circulate inside.
  • Place the foil packets on the grill or over the campfire on a grate. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the apples are tender. If you’re using a campfire, try to keep the packets out of the flames and in a hotter part of the embers to avoid burning.
  • Carefully open a packet to check if the apples are done. They should be tender and the topping should be bubbly and golden. If not, reseal the packet and continue cooking, checking every few minutes.
  • Once the apple crisps are done, let them cool for a few minutes before carefully opening the packets. The contents will be very hot.
  • Serve the apple crisp directly from the packets. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sundae topping, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 0.02mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg
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Campfire apple cobbler is a wonderful recipe made with thinly sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and a wonderful crumb topping. It’s a great dessert whether you’re camping or grilling at home. Everyone loves camping apple crisp and this is one of the tastiest (and most fun!) ways to make the classic dessert.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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