Campfire Cinnamon Rolls In Oranges (Step By Step Instructions)


These Orange Campfire Cinnamon Rolls, in partnership with Rhodes Bake N Serve, have a delicious citrus taste thanks to cooking them in the orange peel, are super efficient for your family camping trip because you have a snack (oranges) and another easy breakfast (cinnamon rolls) all in one adorable treat AND, when using Rhodes Bake N Serv, the frozen cinnamon rolls help cool your cooler while they thaw a bit. 

These Campfire Cinnamon Rolls In Oranges will be a hit on your next camping trip. It’s such a great idea; you have to try this!

If you are looking for easy campfire recipes don't forget my Campfire Mac & Cheese!

Make campfire cinnamon rolls in an orange!! What a fun and fast treat!

From the time my kids were itty bitty to now, we have taken them camping each and every year. We go to state parks multiple times a summer to enjoy swimming, biking, fishing, and... campfire meals. Making cinnamon rolls in "orange bowls" is a favorite camp breakfast that my kids love and I know yours will, as well.


These normal cinnamon roll recipes to the next level with only 2 easy ingredients!

  1. Rhodes Bake N Serv Cinnamon Rolls. I use frozen Rhodes Bake N Serv Cinnamon Rolls, pack them in the cooler with the oranges, and bake these orange cinnamon rolls on the first or second day out. The rolls will have thawed a bit, making them just perfect for cutting in half and baking in the fire. You could use Pillsbury cinnamon rolls but be sure to keep them cold until you are ready to make your rolls.
  2. Oranges. If you are using smaller oranges, you'll be able to cut the rolls in half and use one half per half an orange = 6 small oranges = 12 small rolls. If using large oranges, use a full roll per half an orange = oranges = 6 large rolls
campfire cinnamon rolls
campfire cinnamon rolls with Rhodes cinnamon rolls
making campfire cinnamon rolls

How to make campfire cinnamon rolls:

  1. Remove the orange flesh. Either by spoonknife, or mouth. Just get those empty...we only need the outside of the orange.!
  2. Insert the cinnamon roll dough into the insides of your oranges. Or half a roll, if using smaller oranges.
  3. Wrap the orange in aluminum foil leaving a "tent" on the top to allow for the roll to expand.
  4. Use tongs to place oranges on top of hot coals that have been spread out a bit in the fire pit. If using half of a roll, bake about 15-20 minutes. If using a full roll, go for the full 20 mins.
  5. Remove the campfire orange cinnamon rolls to a tray
  6. Drizzle with the cream cheese frosting provided in the package.
  7. I usually serve them with a fork because they can make a bit of mess.

These can also be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Just like anything made in the campfire, there is sooo much room for under-baking, over-baking, smoky flavor, and more. Frankly, that is the fun of cooking on the campfire.

cinnamon rolls on campfire

Pro-tip: Avoid an open fire or your rolls will burn very easily. Be sure to follow the advice about waiting for the embers

Tips for success:

  1. Build a large fire and cook your main meal (try my Campfire Mac & Cheese) on it and let the flames burn down to embers and you no longer have an open flame.
  2. Spread the coals out a bit to form a single layer but still close to each other.
  3. I have the kids carefully (help small ones!) set the oranges on top of the coals and time about 15 minutes. At that point, you can take a peek at one and see if it has risen and is starting to brown. If yes, yay! It should be done in a few minutes. If no, pull the coals together even tighter around the oranges to create greater heat. And then hope.

I'm totally kidding, this almost always works. One time the coals burned out too much and we simply started another fire and had to wait for the next batch of coals to try again. Hey, it's camping.

baking a cinnamon roll on campfire

This is ½ of a cinnamon roll in a smaller orange. You can see that the top of the cinnamon roll overflows out of the orange quite a bit so be sure to leave a nice "tent" for that action to take place.

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8 thoughts on “Campfire Cinnamon Rolls In Oranges (Step By Step Instructions)”

  1. We used refrigerated cinnamon rolls and put them in pie irons last time, they cooked up great if you were paying attention!

  2. Holly, thanks for stopping by! Nellie's ten years older than me, and I'm in my mid twenties...So you're right between us! The orange does transfer some flavor, but not a ton.

  3. Holly @ Twisted Tastes

    Not sure how old you are, I'm early 30s but I could be a sister. I have a ton of potential nieces and nephews if you're in the market for them too (I have five children). About the recipe, does the orange transfer any flavor to the cinnamon roll? I love the orange flavor of the canned version, but I usually make them from scratch. Using an orange would help keep them similar in size too.

  4. Why not use the orange flavored Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the oranges? Would it be "too much" orange flavor? Just curious before I try because I love the orange icing on the orange ones. I love this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Okay -- I'll apply but I'm afraid I'm old enough to be your mom and I don't think you need another mother -- but I can be very immature so it might work. The only problem is I won't move but I could be your internet sister but then the other problem is that you wouldn't have any help with the blog. And I really think as far as having any technical knowledge I'd be pretty useless. But I'm a great cheerleader and listener so if you need someone to gripe to I'll listen. All in all I can adopt both of you and be the mediator :-) I love the orange and cinnamon rolls. I bet the aroma was scrumptious. It would go great with a deep roast coffee. Yummy!!

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