A bag of pretzels is a popular snack to have handy at the campsite, especially for families with children. Just drop a handful into a snack bag and you have a delicious treat when at the beach or at the campsite. Although a great snack, plain pretzels can get just plain boring. So mix it up! You can use crunchy bagged pretzels in lots of other recipes, or you can purchase pre-made dough (or make it if you’re ambitious) and make your own soft pretzel right over the fire.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites – Sierra.com

All you need is some pre-made ingredients, a roasting stick, and some time by the campfire. This easy-to-make snack doesn’t need to be dipped in cinnamon sugar. You can choose warm cheese or marinade or other toppings instead. 


  • pre-prepared biscuit dough
  • pre-mixed sugar & cinnamon
  • butter


  1. Tear some dough out of the pre-prepared biscuit package, roll it into a ball and secure it to your campfire roasting stick or camping skewer. Cook this dough over a bed of hot coals, rotating until it’s a nice, golden-brown color.
  2. Rub butter onto your cooked biscuit ball. Doing so will help the cinnamon-sugar mix stick to the dessert and add some extra flavor.
  3. Roll your buttered pretzel bite in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Once you feel it’s properly coated, take a bite or pop the whole thing into your mouth! Then continue making more until you run out of biscuit dough or have satisfied your camping sweet tooth.


Strawberry Pretzel Salad – Spend with Pennies

This refreshing dessert takes some time as it should be chilled between layers, but the steps are easy. Sweet strawberries set on top of the strawberry Jell-O combined with whipped cream and crunchy, salty crust makes this irresistible and a hit at potlucks. P.S. – Make sure to follow the tips following the recipe.


Pretzel Crust

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Creamy Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip defrosted

Strawberry Topping

  • 6 oz Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and butter in a bowl and press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  4. Large mixing bowl combine Jell-O and boiling until Jell-O is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature until completely cooled.
  5. Place sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Pour cooled Jell-O over top.
  6. Refrigerate until firmly set at least 4-6 hours or overnight.


  • Allow each layer to cool/chill before adding the next layer.
  • Spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edge to prevent the pretzel crust from becoming soggy.
  • Allow the Jell-O to cool down to room temperature before pouring on the fresh strawberries so the heat doesn’t wilt them.
  • Use whipped topping, not fresh whipped cream. The whipped topping is a more stable ingredient that sets more firmly.


Trail Mix

What is camping without trail mix? Pretzels are often incorporated into mixtures, whether it’s savory or sweet. This particular recipe, dubbed “movie trail mix,” is relatively healthy and filling. Munch on it at the campsite or bring it along on the trail. Of course, you can add other ingredients based on your cravings and personal tastes.


  • popcorn (air popped if possible)
  • pretzels (salted or unsalted)
  • dark chocolate covered peanuts
  • dark chocolate covered raisins


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Eat and enjoy!