Campfire Donuts Recipe

This campfire donuts recipe is one of our favorite kids camping recipes! They are SO easy to make and they are really fun to make too! You can get the kids involved in making them and they will soon be asking for them on every camping trip.

You can make as many or as few campfire donuts as you want! I always have biscuit dough on hand in our fridge in the camper. You never know when you’ll need to make these. They are great for breakfast or dessert!


  • cast iron pan
  • vegetable oil
  • biscuit dough (Pillsbury biscuits value pack is what we used.)
  • cinnamon sugar


  1. Build a campfire and place a cast iron pan on the grate over the fire.
  2. Fill cast iron pan 1/3 full with vegetable oil. Heat until the oil’s surface is shimmery. Test oil temperature with a small piece of dough. If it starts to float and brown then the oil is hot enough. If it sinks and doesn’t cook then the oil isn’t hot enough yet. If it burns then your oil is too hot and you need to move the cast iron pan away from the direct flame a bit.
  3. Shape each biscuit into a donut shape by poking a hole in the center and forming a ring. Once oil has reached the proper temperature add biscuit dough to the oil. Cook until bottom is browned then flip and cook until opposite side has browned. Once both sides have browned remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to help soak up excess grease.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (either in a brown paper bag or just sprinkle over the top of the donut). Serve immediately. Be careful they will be hot!


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