Dutch Oven Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

If you love cookies, camping, and the combo of chocolate and mint, then you need to try this easy dutch oven dessert! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing my Dutch Oven Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars… and they are SO GOOD!

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If you find yourself outdoors this holiday, try making this festive minty green camping dessert. Let’s dive into the recipe!

dutch oven mint chocolate cookie bars

How to Make Dutch Oven Cookie Bars

What makes this camping recipe so easy is that you make the cookie dough at home, and then store it in the cooler until you’re ready to bake.

That way you’re not packing a bunch of ingredients and trying to measure flour and baking soda at camping.

You simply take the cookie dough out of the cooler, press it into the dutch oven, and start baking. Dessert is ready in under 30 minutes with minimal hands-on time.

Prefer brownies? Check out my Dutch Oven Peanut Butter Brownies!

close up of mint chocolate cookie bars

Main Camp Kitchen Gear You’ll Need:

camp chef dutch oven

Dutch Oven

I love my Camp Chef dutch oven! I use a 4 Qt. (10-inch) dutch oven for this recipe.

You can try baking these cookie bars in a larger dutch oven, but keep in mind they will be thinner and need less cooking time.

weber chimney starter for briquettes

Charcoal Chimney Starter

This recipe is cooked with charcoal briquettes.

To light the briquettes I use this chimney starter.

Don’t forget the pack the briquettes. I recommend using Kingsford Original briquettes for the best results.

Of course, you’ll need other basic camp kitchen gear too such as:

  • metal tongs to move the briquettes around
  • parchment paper to make clean up easy
  • heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands
  • a dutch oven lid lifter
mint chocolate cookie bar

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Dutch Oven Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

If you love cookies, camping, and the combo of chocolate and mint, then you need to try this easy dutch oven dessert!
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Servings: 16 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 mint Oreos crushed
  • 1/4 cup M&M’s or chocolate chips (I used green M&M’s to make these bars festive for St. Patrick’s Day!)

Instructions
 

At Home Instructions:

  • Whisk together the softened butter and sugar, then add in the egg. Whisk for a couple of minutes until the mixture is creamy and lighter in color. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking soda, then add it into the wet ingredients and mix until the dough forms.
  • Lastly, fold in the crushed cookies and m&m's. Roll the dough in plastic wrap and store it in the cooler until you're ready to bake at camp. Cookie dough can be made up to 2 days in advance of when you plan to bake it.

At Camp Instructions:

  • Heat your briquettes in a chimney starter.
  • Line a 10-inch dutch oven with parchment paper and press the cookie dough evenly inside.
  • Cover with the lid and bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes in the dutch oven. Do not overbake these cookies or they become dry.
  • Once done, remove the heat from the dutch oven, open the lid, and let the cookie cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing it into bars. Enjoy!

Notes

The bars will continue to cook even after you remove the heat because the cast iron will stay hot for a while after, so when in doubt, bake for the lower end of the time range.
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cookie bars cooked in a dutch oven

How far in advance can you make the cookie dough?

The cookie dough can be made at home up to two days in advance of when you want to bake the bars. Store the dough tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge or cooler until you’re ready to bake.

Why Green M&M’s?

These bars make a great St. Patrick’s Day dessert if you find yourself celebrating the holiday outdoors this year! The green also matches well with the mint flavors in the bars.

However, you can use whatever colors you want to change up these bars for different holidays and celebrations, or just use chocolate chips instead.

chocolate chip cookie bars in the dutch oven outdoors

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    1. The number of briquettes you use will depend on the size of your dutch oven. For my 10-inch (4 Qt.) dutch oven, I use 7 on the bottom and 14 on the top to create about 350°F.