Campfire Brown Bears Recipe!

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Curled Campfire Brown Bears

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

I see a little boy, trying to eat me!  in the form of these Campfire Brown Bears Recipe! Who has made these delicious treats before?

Oh, that Bill Martin/Robert Carle classic makes me tear up every time I think of it. The hours I spent curled up with my little babies, reading them that book. The short time it took them to memorize it and start reading it back to me, knowing which animal was coming next but still excited to turn every page and see who was looking at brown bear.

Now I mourn the short time it took them to move on to Harry Potter books, Captain Underpants and Archie comics.

For the sake of my sanity, I’m not even going to think about what’s going to come next. Girls, boys, cars, movies… heart just cain’t take it!

Let’s get on to the brown bears recipe before I get even more maudlin, shall we?

Brown bears – the food- are completely new to me this year, introduced to us by my sister. They are the simplest type of camping recipe, cooked dough on a stick.

I didn’t make that sound too appealing, did I?

Let me sum up.

You wrap biscuit dough around a wooden stick….

wrapped biscuit dough around a wooden stick cook it over the campfire….

cooking the wrapped biscuit dough over a campfire

…keep on cooking it…..

close up of wrapped biscuit dough over a campfire

..and when that little dough swirl is golden brown you slide it off the wooden stick, brush it with butter and roll it in cinnamon sugar.

Oh, I have you on board for this recipe now, don’t I?

Mmm Hmmm. All it took was sugar and cinnamon.

cooked swirl dough brushed with butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar

The boy loved them of course and was more than happy to model the baked goods.

This one.

Can get a driver’s license in six years.

Is going into Grade five this year.

Is only one inch shorter than his Nana.

Barely fits onto my lap any more and that’s only because I force him to sit there for a snuggle.

I’m sure you can hear the sound of my mother’s heart cracking from here.

young boy holding the curled Campfire Brown Bear in both ends

 All mother’s laments aside, these are a fabulous, family friendly camping recipe or heck, whip these up over the fire pit in your own backyard. All you need is a nice fire and you’re set.

collage of making Campfire Brown Bears

 Happy Saturday everyone!

Today is our last full day camping and I am torn between being joyous and sad at the same time. I am so sad that summer has come to and end, the good weather (HA! what good weather?!!) will soon be gone and the kids are back at school and I will miss my little hearts.

On the other hand, said little hearts of mine are driving me batty. They are sick and tired of each other’s company, they are starting to snipe at each other more and more frequently and I am ready to get back into my routine.

I also do adore some lovely fall weather and the baking that comes with it so this time of year is bittersweet more than any other time, I find.

What are your big plans for today, how are you enjoying our last long weekend of good weather?


“The Little Magpies Are Driving Mommy to Drink”  Magpie

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Camping Recipe:Brown Bears Recipe!

Easy Brown Bears recipes! Classic camping fare for kids and adults alike.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
9 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 16.3 ounces can refrigerated plain biscuit dough


  • Combine cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl thoroughly.
  • Melt butter in another bowl. 
  • Separate biscuits. Form each piece of dough into a rope 4 to 5 inches long, making sure not to stretch them out too long. 
  • Wrap the dough pieces around proper campfire sticks. We find that patting the dough around the end of the stick to make a “cap” helps the whole piece stay on and not fall off. 
  • Hold the sticks over your campfire and slowly turn until the biscuit dough is browned and firm, which takes about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • You can either remove the dough or keep it on the stick when you dip the cooked biscuits into melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar. Eat and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 8g, Calories: 350kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 612mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 2.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Nikki says

    I love the idea! I’m having a winter bonfire night in my garden this weekend and want to make these!

    Unfortunately being from the UK the can of biscuit dough in the ingredients list has stumped me… Biscuits on your side of the pond are very different from English biscuits plus they don’t sell canned dough here so could you please tell me how to make it?

  2. Mamaw5 says

    Can you use metal ones or does it have to be wood?…..we use metal ones with our marshmallows.

  3. Melissa Petersen MacDonald says

    Kinda like bannock on a stick.

  4. Rona Labiuk says

    I’m looking forward for the camping recipes, we love camping

  5. The Kitchen Magpie says

    You’re welcome! I hope he likes them!

  6. Denise Iglio Vella says

    Thank you! My son hates smores. He’ll love this!

  7. Ashley Woodvine says

    Never heard of these. I use to do Campfire stick bread. You spread the dough around the stick kind of like this but with no holes. Once cooked you put pie filling in the middle. Yum.

  8. Sarah Pilkey says

    So good! You will be happy to know that these are a sure fire way to keep teenagers around a fire ALL night when camping! Thank goodness they take a while to cook lol

  9. Candace Calkins says

    I never heard of them either but you be sure I’m going to try it! You always have such great ideas! Thanks

  10. Peggy Doyle says

    I’ve never heard of these. sound yummy though

  11. Melanie Harmsma says

    I’m thinking a roll in butter and garlic salt might be good too 🙂

  12. Melanie Harmsma says

    Think we’ll give these a try tomorrow at our “Last Hurrah Before School Starts” picnic in the rivervalley. 🙂

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