If you are looking for a fun dutch oven dessert for your next camping trip, you need to try this Dutch Oven Brookie Recipe. It only uses 5 ingredients, and takes about 25 minutes to make!
What Is A Brookie?
Brookies are a delicious brownie and cookie combo, hence the name. The delicious cookie bites with the gooey fudgy brownies make this a perfect dessert, and this campfire version is just as good!
Why Is This Such A Great Dessert For Camping?
Sure there are plenty of cobbler recipes out there, but sometimes you just want chocolate!
The combo of the brownie and cookies is so dreamy! It is like the best of 2 worlds we all really love!
It is so simple to make. Everything comes from prepared mixes, so it comes together quickly and with little effort!
I bake mine in a disposable pan, so cleanup is effortless! All you need to clean up is the bowl you mixed it in.
You can buy disposable dutch oven liners, but I can never find them in our area. In this case, all I could find was a 10-inch square pan. I just squeezed it into shape and put it in the pan. Ingenuity!
- Brownie Mix
- Cookie Dough
How To Make A Dutch Oven Brookie
- Start your cooking fuel- you can use wood or charcoal, it doesn't matter. I will explain both below. They do take time to start though, so make this first on your list.
- Mix your brownie mix as directed on package.
- I used a disposable pan for my insert on this for an easier clean up. You can also bake it right into the pan.
- Now, roll your cookie dough into small 1-1 ½-inch balls.
- Drop the balls randomly across the brownie mix in the pan.
- Place the pan inside your dutch oven and close the lid.
- Once your coals are ready, spread about 20 in a circle the size of your dutch oven.
- Set the dutch oven directly on top of the coals.
- Add the remaining 18-20 coals on top. Make sure to spread them out for even baking.
- Bake about 25 minutes.
- I like mine a little gooey, but if you like it baked all the way, keep checking until it is the consistency you like. Add more charcoal if needed after the 25 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the coals and carefully remove the lid.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
What Is A Dutch Oven And Why Use It Over The Campfire?
Cast iron dutch ovens are almost the only types of cookware I use over the campfire. I do have some thinner pots and kettles I use for heating liquids, but for cooking, it is always cast iron.
Here is something to keep in mind when it comes to cooking dutch oven style- this isn't the fastest method of outdoor cooking. It is my favorite, but it does take a bit of time.
There are 2 types of dutch ovens- bare and enameled. Keep reading to learn about both.
Bare is made for campfire cooking and is bare metal, just as the name implies. It is an excellent conductor of heat and can withstand really high temps. It does require a little more care, but it is worth it.
If you take care of your cast iron, it will take care of you. Many of my cast iron pans I have had for at least 15 years and they still have plenty of life left in them.
Enameled dutch ovens are made with ceramic or metal. They require no special cleaning. But they are also not suited for campfire cooking. In fact, many of them cannot hold up to high temps at all, even in your indoor oven. I learned this the hard way.
Dutch Oven Recommendations
The 2 brands I use more than any other are Lodge Cast Iron and Camp Chef. They are brands I have used many times, I trust them, and they come at a decent price. Both these brands are also easy to find at most major stores and of course sporting goods stores.
The size of the dutch oven depends on how many people you are feeding. I only have 2 children, my hubby, and I. But...I have 2 teenage boys, so I generally plan pretty big meals. The 12-14-inch dutch oven works well.
- Here are some Lodge Dutch Ovens, I have the 10 and 12 quart. These are nice with the feet on them and the flat top. They are perfect for stacking if you are cooking multiple things at one time.
- I also use skillets for sauteeing over the open fire as well.
- If you are looking for a less expensive option, Camp Chef also makes a great Dutch Oven. I use the 14-inch classic in Camp Chef.
Care Of Your Dutch Oven
Keeping your dutch ovens in good condition is very important. This isn't hard, but you do need to clean them right away.
One important thing to stay away from when taking care of your dutch oven pans is to not let them soak in water. When washing it, rinse with warm water and then scrape off any dirt or food with a plastic scraper. After this, let it dry completely with paper towels or cloth towels. When it is totally dry put a little bit of grapeseed oil in it and wipe the whole interior of the pan with that.
Be careful when you are cleaning not to take off the seasoning. Stay away from metal scrapers that will take too many layers off your pan, I use a plastic spatula.
Campfire Safety When Using Dutch Ovens
One of the places people get hurt the most is in the coals. You might think the fire is the only hot part, but watch out for the coals as well! I recommend using heat-proof gloves and a lid lifter to be safe. When you are moving your coals around, use a shovel or tongs.
Using Wood Or Charcoal For Dutch Oven
I have used both and like both. Let me explain a few differences.
Wood- This is my standby. We generally keep a fire going when we are camping unless it is too hot. I mean come on, a campsite needs a fire. Because we already have it started, we always have plenty of hot coals to use.
Depending on the type of wood you are burning, wood charcoal is a great heat source that holds the heat well.
Charcoal Briquets are easier to use. You start them in a chimney, more on that further down. Then you put on a certain number of briquets and under the pan to achieve the heat you want.
If you use charcoal, I recommend the quick light. I never use this when cooking food directly over charcoal, but I love it for dutch ovens.
While charcoal is simple to use, it is just one more thing to pack, so I don't always use it.
The choice really is personal, as both work well for cooking in dutch ovens.
FAQ Dutch Oven Cooking
You sure can. When I said they were versatile, I meant it! This recipe should be cooked over coals though, as you want this to work like an oven.
Yes, I always do this to conserve on coals.
Mine sit out on a shelf in our garage. They are sturdy and don't need pampering. The most important thing to remember is to keep them away from moisture. That is the one thing that will give you problems.
Other Dutch Oven Meals
- Campfire Nachos
- Dutch Oven Hash with ham
- Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwiches
- Cheesy garlic pull-apart bread
- Dutch Oven Chili and Cornbread
- Mountain Man Breakfast Dutch Oven
Dutch Oven Brookie Recipe
- dutch oven
- disposable pan
- mixing bowl
- 50 charcoal briquets
- 1 brownie mix
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ cup water
- chocolate chip cookie dough I used pillsbury, and I used the smallest tube
- Start your charcoal or wood for cooking. This takes awhile to heat it, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to start it.
- Once the charcoal is almost ready, mix your brownie mix.
- Pour the brownie mix into your disposable pan.
- Take scoops of the chocolate chip cookie dough and dot it throughout the brownie mix.
- Place your pan inside the dutch oven. And put the he lid on top.
- Take 20 of your briquets and set them in the bottom of your firepit in the shape of your dutch oven. Spread them evenly for even baking.
- Place the dutch oven directly on top of the coals.
- Add the addition 20-25 on top of the dutch oven, making sure to spread evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Then carefully lift the lid and check.
- If it isn't done, replace the lid and continue to bake. Adding more briquets as needed.
- Once it is baked to your liking, remove it from the heat.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!