What better way to enjoy a campout then to create a cookie to reflect that? Whether you’re hosting a camp-themed party or just having company for a bonfire, these cookies are sure to please campers of all ages!
Note: If you have your own sugar cookie recipe that you love, go ahead and use it! If you have ziploc bags instead of a frosting bag and tips, use those. Substitute where necessary. Do not, though, use margarine or butter substitute for the butter.
- Pillsbury Read to Bake 24 cookies (or your favorite sugar cookie recipe or ready-to-bake dough)
- Stick Pretzels (thin if possible… 2 pretzels for each cookie)
- 1 bag Mini Marshmallows (2 mini-marshmallows for each cookie)
- 2 sticks of butter (salted)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 2lb bag confectioners sugar (or powdered sugar)
- 3 TBSP vanilla extract
- red, green, blue, and yellow food coloring
- icing bag
- 3 small mixing bowls
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 2 cookie sheets
- hand mixer
- #67 icing tip (if possible for flames)
- #2 icing tip (for rocks)
- Tooth picks to stoke the flames
Note: If you do not have an icing bag or icing tips, you can use a ziploc bag and cut off a very tiny tip to help ice the cookies. You’ll need to do this for the rocks, definitely. The flames can be made with a spatula.
1. Lay out all of your ingredients and materials so you can switch between them easily.
2. Make sure your butter is room temperature. Try not to cheat and attempt to microwave the butter, it will work poorly for the frosting.
3. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees (F).
4. Get your cookie trays and pre-made dough or homemade sugar cookie dough.
5. If using the pre-made, pre-portioned recommended pack, take two of the pre-made dough and combine them into one cookie. This will give you 12 cookies, instead of 24.
If you are using your own or a sliced pre-made sugar cookie dough, you want your cookie balls to be 2-3 inches round. They will flatten into large cookies.
6. Place the dough on the cookie sheet. Maximum six to a cookie sheet.
7. Bake until brown or your preferred cookie type, but make sure they’re harder to hold up all the frosting. 15-20 mins at 350 degrees, roughly.
8. Get the butter, mixer, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
9. Put the butter, milk, and vanilla in the mixer to incorporate. When smooth, start adding the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup to 1 cup at a time. Fully incorporate for a smooth frosting.
Note: You can adjust the ingredients, add more milk or more powdered sugar to get the flavor you want. Just remember you want it a bit stiffer, not really like store bought frosting.
10. You’ll need 3 additional bowls for the frosting. Put about 1 cup into the 3 bowls, leaving the most in the bowl you mixed the frosting in.
11. In one of the 1 cup bowls, use the red food coloring and put many, many drops in. I got the 20 and stopped counting. Make it as red as fire!
13. Leave one bowl white for the base, or you can make it yellow (that’s preference).
14. In the mixing bowl you’ll make the grey for the stones.
15. Mix 2 parts red, 2 parts blue, and 1 part green. Adjust colors until you get grey. Do not worry if it looks grainy, that’s perfect! (If your fire looks grainy, add more powdered sugar.)
17. While the cookies are cooling, get your frosting bags and a spatula (for frosting).
18. Once the cookies are cool, use the spatula to spread a simple base of white or yellow to create the round fire area. Mostly in the middle.
20. Use either the same tip in a new bag for the orange OR use a fork to smatter on some more flames. Use a tooth pick to spike the flames where necessary.
21. Use the #2 ad fill the bag with the grey frosting. Put little rock dots around the flames by holding the tip down and squeezing for the count of 3 and pull up. When they’ve rested, you can tap the tip down with your finger to get rid of the point or you can leave it. Use toothpicks to make them a bit more pointy.
22. While you let the frosting set so that it is more sturdy, get the pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows.
23. Put one marshmallow on the end of each pretzel. Pair them off to match the amount of cookies you made.