It’s the most wonderful time of the summer – Christmas in July! Our elves are decking the halls and getting ready for a festive weekend! To help you get in the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve created a list to Christmas Camping Recipes!
1. Reindeer Marshmallow Pops
The kids will have the best time making these adorable reindeer treats! It is the perfect afternoon activity for little elves!
- Pretzel twists
- Red candies, such as Mike & Ike’s
- Lollipop sticks
- Large marshmallows
- Chocolate melts
- Pearl candies
- Break pretzels in half to form antlers. Cut off the tip of red candies to form nose. Stick a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
- Melt chocolate and dip marshmallows into it, coating entirely. Press pretzels into marshmallows to form antlers.
- Place two pearl candies onto each marshmallow while still wet with chocolate to form eyes. Press the red candy tips on for a nose.
- Allow chocolate to dry completely before tying a ribbon on the lollipop stick below the reindeer head.
2. Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate
Nothing says Christmas like hot chocolate but it’s not the best drink for beating the heat! This part hot chocolate, part milkshake, part pecan pie drink is almost too good to be true! It’s perfect cold treat on a hot Christmas in July day.
- Half of a 14.1 oz. package refrigerated piecrust
- 1 cup cold heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 pint butter pecan ice cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup instant cocoa mix
- 1/3 cup toasted pecans, extra for topping
- 3 tablespoons cane syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate sauce
- Unroll half of a 14.1-oz. package refrigerated piecrust onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; prick piecrust all over with a fork. Spray with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven until crisp, about 15 minutes. Let cool, and then break into large pieces; set aside.
- Beat 1 cup cold heavy cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a cold bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute; set aside.
- Process 1 pint butter pecan ice cream, 1 1/2 cups whole milk, 1/3 cup instant cocoa mix, 1/3 cup toasted pecans, 3 tablespoons cane syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender until smooth.
- Drizzle the insides of 4 glasses with 1/3 cup chocolate sauce. Pour frozen hot chocolate mixture into prepared glasses. Top with whipped cream, piecrust pieces, and toasted pecans.
3. Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread Sticks
Pizza night just got a Christmas makeover! This spinach dip christmas pizza is the perfect appitizer to share around the campfire!
- 1 (10-oz. pkg.) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 medium garlic cloves, grated (3 tsp.), divided
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (from 4 scallions)
- 1 cup pre-shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
- 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 2/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. miniature pepperoni slices, divided
- 1 (11-oz.) can refrigerated thin pizza crust dough (such as Pillsbury)
- All-purpose flour, for work surface
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- Beat spinach, cream cheese, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and 2 of the grated garlic cloves with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add scallions, mozzarella, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup of the pepperoni; beat until combined, about 1 minute. Set aside.
- Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a 13- x 11-inch rectangle, with the 11-inch side facing you. Cut a large triangle out of the dough, making 1 cut from each bottom corner of the rectangle to the top middle point of the rectangle. (You will end up with 1 large triangle, plus 2 smaller triangles from the remaining dough.)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place large dough triangle on baking sheet; spread evenly with spinach-cheese mixture. Place 2 smaller dough triangles side-by-side on spinach-cheese mixture, covering large triangle completely and matching shape. Make 10 to 12 horizontal cuts on each half of the tree, but do not cut all the way across; leave a 1/2-inch strip down the middle of the tree. Using your fingers, gently twist dough strips created on each half of the tree to make tree branches.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. During final few minutes of bake time, microwave butter and remaining grated garlic clove in a small microwavable bowl on HIGH until butter melts, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Brush butter mixture over warm baked tree. Decorate with remaining 2 tablespoons pepperoni in a garland pattern.
4. Snow Man Cheese Ball
Camping food is all about the snacks. This adorable cheese ball snow man will be the most popular guest at your next campfire!
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 2 medium garlic cloves, grated (2 tsp.)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
- Crackers for serving
- Whole cloves (for eyes and smile)
- Juniper berries (for buttons)
- Purple carrot peel strips (for scarf)
- Carrot (use the tiniest tip of 1 carrot) (for nose)
- Bell pepper stem (for top hat)
- Prepare the Cheese Ball: Beat cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Freeze mixture until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Shape cream cheese mixture into 2 balls, with 1 slightly larger than the other (making a snowman body and a snowman head). Place remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan in a small bowl; roll each ball in Parmesan to coat. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap; freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
- Assemble and decorate the Cheese Ball: Unwrap balls. Stack small ball on top of large ball; secure with toothpicks. Decorate with desired ingredients. Serve with crackers and crudités.
5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Linzer Cookies
These Linzer cookies are as beautiful as Christmas ornaments, and the kids will love the classic PB&J flavor. Combine your favourite childhood flavours with a classic Linzer confection!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 375°F with oven racks in the top third and bottom third of oven. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and beat on low speed just until incorporated. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, and gradually add to butter mixture, beating on low speed just until incorporated.
- Place dough on a well-floured surface, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Gently reroll scraps once, and repeat process with round cutter. Place half of the dough rounds on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Using a 1-inch star-shaped cutter, cut out and remove dough star shapes from the center of the remaining half of dough rounds. (Reserve and bake dough star cutouts for later, if desired.) Transfer dough rounds with star cutouts removed to lined baking sheets.
- Bake cookies in preheated oven until cookies are set and beginning to brown, 12 to 13 minutes, switching pans top rack to bottom rack halfway through baking. Transfer pans to wire racks, and cool cookies completely, about 30 minutes.
- Sift powdered sugar over cookies with star cutouts. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons jam on 1 side of remaining cookies. Place a star cutout cookie, powdered sugar side up, over each jam covered cookie, and gently press.
Turning classic camping flavours like pizza, S’mores, and PB&J into delicious christmas treats is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July! Get the decorations out and your chef hats on! We are wishing all of our campers a merry little Christmas (in July)!