The Best Apple Campfire Pies (aka Mountain Pies)

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These apple campfire pies are so simple, delicious, and quite impressive for camping! Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also a lot of fun to cook over the campfire. Move over s’mores, we’ve got a new campfire dessert in town!

Pie iron apple pies made while camping

What are campfire pies?

Campfire pies are mini pies that you cook over the campfire using a cooking iron. They’re sometimes called ‘mountain pies’ or ‘pie iron pies’ and are a popular camping dessert. They consist of pie filling wrapped in pie dough that’s then cooked in a cast iron cooking iron over the flame until the crust is golden brown and flaky!

What gear do you need to cook campfire pies?

You’ll need a cooking iron to make these camping pies! I now use the cooking irons by Camp Chef. They are the best ones I’ve found. If you have a larger group or a family, you might want to consider the double cooking iron to make 2 pies at once.

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campfire apple pies at camp

How to Make Campfire Pies

Step 1: Shape the Pie dough

Keep the pie dough cold in the cooler until you’re ready to use it.

Unroll the dough, smooth out any cracks, and cut out two squares about the size of the pie iron.

pie dough
pie dough cut into squares

Step 2: Add the Pie Filling

Add a spoonful of the apple pie filling onto one of the squares.

Top with the other piece of pie dough.

pie dough with apple pie filling
making pie pockets while camping

Step 3: Crimp and Bake

Using a fork, crimp the edges of the dough together. Place the pie pocket into your pie iron.

Heat over the campfire for 10-15 minutes, rotating the pie iron frequently.

assembling individual apple pies
apple pie in the pie iron

Step 4: Eat and Repeat!

Once done, the filling should be hot and the pie dough golden brown and flaky!

Carefully remove the pie from the pie iron, let it cool for a few minutes, and serve. Repeat this process for the remaining dough and filling.

cooked apple campfire pie

Tips for The Best Campfire Pies

  • Make sure your pie dough doesn’t get too warm. On a really hot camping trip, this might become a problem. If the dough gets too warm it will become sticky and difficult to handle. On hotter trips, put the dough that you’re not using back into the cooler until you need it and work quickly to assemble.
  • Much like when making pancakes, the first one usually doesn’t come out perfect, but after that, you’ll have a better sense of how to heat the pie iron over the flames.
  • It’s okay if the edges come undone while cooking in the pie iron. This happens sometimes, but the pies still taste delicious.
  • Feel free to swap in other pie-filling flavors: cherry pie, blueberry pie, peach pie, strawberry pie… the possibilities are endless!
  • In a pinch, you can use a stainless steel water bottle as a rolling pin to roll out your pie dough, if needed.

The Best Pie Iron Apple Pies

These campfire pies make the perfect camping dessert! With only a couple of ingredients, you can create delicious pies even while camping. Change up the filling for all different pie flavors!
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 pie crust doughs
  • 20 oz apple pie filling about one can

Instructions

  • Keep the pie dough cold in the cooler until you’re ready to use it. Unroll the dough, smooth out any cracks, and cut out two squares about the size of the pie iron.
  • Add a spoonful of the apple pie filling onto one of the squares.
  • Top with the other piece of pie dough.
  • Using a fork, crimp the edges of the dough together. Place the pie pocket into your pie iron. You can use a spatula to lift the pie pocket if needed.
  • Heat over the campfire for 10-15 minutes, rotating the pie iron frequently. Once done, the filling should be hot and the pie dough golden brown and flaky!
  • Carefully remove the pie from the pie iron, let it cool for a few minutes, and serve. Repeat this process for the remaining dough and filling.

Notes

Make sure your pie dough doesn’t get too warm or it will become sticky and difficult to handle.
Much like when making pancakes, the first one usually doesn’t come out perfect, but after that, you’ll have a better sense of how to heat the pie iron over the flames.
Feel free to swap in other pie-filling flavors: cherry pie, blueberry pie, peach pie, strawberry pie… the possibilities are endless!
In a pinch, you can use a stainless steel water bottle as a rolling pin to roll out your pie dough, if needed.
Servings: 4 mini pies
delicious pie iron apple pies

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Enjoy this camping dessert. I hope it becomes a new family favorite!

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    1. I’m thinking you could make these at home and freeze them. Then just pop in the pie iron at your camp site.

      1. I haven’t tried that, but I think it might work! The only concern I have is that they might start to thaw in the cooler and potentially leak or get squished. Let me know how it goes!

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