Campfire Turtle Pudgy Pie

turtle pudgy pie: crescent dough stuffed with chocolate, caramel, and marshmallows on a red plate

I absolutely love the candy known as “turtles” which are pecans, caramel, and chocolate. I used to make homemade ones with my granny every year and in memory of her birthday we like to make these camping turtle pudgy pies in the fall. Not that these aren’t delicious all year round. I just think about them more frequently around her birthday and when the Halloween candies start showing up in the store because those chewy caramels make these so easy.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually, we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in a pie iron. These are sometimes called camp cookers, pudgy pies, or even hobo pies, but we use the term pie iron. Whatever you choose to call it, know that these trusty tools make extremely delicious food cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Campfire Turtle Pudgy Pies:

  • Easy to make with convenient ingredients
  • Something different when you want something new
  • Who doesn’t love chocolate around the campfire?

The Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray (to prevent sticking)
  • Crescent roll dough (to contain all that goodness about to come)
  • Caramels (chewy gooey goodness)
  • Chocolate chunks (because chocolate makes everything delicious)
  • (Optional) pecans (for a true turtle candy experience)
  • (Optional) miniature marshmallows (if you don’t like nuts but want something more)
square pie iron sprayed with cooking spray
two square pie irons with crescent roll dough
chocolate, caramel, and marshmallows on crescent roll dough inside a square pie iron

The Process:

  1. (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  2. Spray the insides of your pie irons.
  3. Open your tube of crescent roll dough.
  4. Place one square (two triangles) inside the pie iron.
  5. Add three or four caramel squares and a handful of chocolate chunks.
  6. (Optional) Add a handful of pecans or miniature marshmallows.
stuffed crescent roll dough pinched and sealed in pie iron
crescent roll dough cooked in pie iron on a cutting board
crescent roll dough stuffed with chocolate, caramel, and marshmallows cooked in a pie iron, sliced and plated on red plate
  1. Place another square on top of your filling.
  2. Pinch together to seal the dough.
  3. Close pie iron carefully and place over campfire.
  4. Cook over fire, flipping occasionally, until dough is cooked. Time needed will depend on how hot your fire is. We start with five minutes on each side and then start checking.

Equipment needed:

  • Pie iron(s): We have a double pie iron from Rome, a double from Field & Stream, two singles from Field & Stream, and two single Coghlan’s Camp Cookers. Pie irons also come in circles and waffle versions. We recommend a square or rectangle for this recipe.
  • Cutting board: You will want to have a clean surface to work with, as you open up the tube of dough.
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Recipes to Enjoy:

Campfire Turtle Pudgy Pie

Enjoy a decadent dessert with the flavors of chocolate and caramel baked over the campfire
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, convenience products, marshmallows, pie iron
Servings: 2 pies

Equipment

  • Pie Irons
  • Cutting Board
  • Heat Resistant Gloves

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 tube crescent roll dough
  • 6-10 chewy caramel candies
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/4 cup pecans optional
  • 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows optional

Instructions

  • (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  • Spray the insides of your pie irons.
  • Open your tube of crescent roll dough.
  • Place one square (two triangles) inside the pie iron.
  • Add three or four caramel squares and a handful of chocolate chunks.
  • (Optional) Add a handful of pecans or miniature marshmallows.
  • Place another square on top of your filling.
  • Pinch together to seal the dough.
  • Close pie iron carefully and place over campfire.
  • Cook over fire, flipping occasionally, until dough is cooked. Time needed will depend on how hot your fire is. We start with five minutes on each side and then start checking.

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