Campfire Eclairs Recipe {Woof ‘Ems}

roasting biscuits over the fire for woof ems - campfire eclairs

Make easy desserts over the campfire!

Have you seen these campfire eclairs or woof ’ems before? I hadn’t even heard of them until my neighbor started raving about them to me. She makes them as a fun treat any time they go camping or start up the fire pit – in fact, she made her own set of woof ’em sticks! They are that good!

I finally had a chance to try them out and they really are easy and delicious. (Thank you, Jessica.) No wonder they love them! And now I do too! I will be making these again next time I go camping, for sure.

How to make woof ems or campfire eclairs

It isn’t too difficult to make your own roasting sticks like the ones in the photo (if there is enough interest, I can do a tutorial about it), but another simple option is to get some wooden dowels, about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Cut them to a comfortable length for roasting. If needed, sand the dowel smooth and wipe clean.

Then you will want to soak the roasting end of the dowels in cooking oil. This will help keep them from burning up in the fire and also keep the dough from sticking. One way to do this is to put some oil in a plastic bag and place the bag in a pitcher (for support), or other tall narrow container. Place the ends of the dowels into the bag of oil and let the wood soak up the oil for several hours, my neighbor leaves them soaking for 24 hours. After the initial soak, you can just keep them out after each use and soak right away for the next time, storing the soaked ends covered in plastic (or something to keep them from drying out).

Yummy biscuit dough campfire eclairs

We use refrigerated biscuit dough (not the Grands), but you can try using crescent roll dough or other kinds too if you want. The key is to form the dough around the dowel (starting at the end of the dowel) in a thin, even layer and without any holes. Slowly and gently push and spread the dough down the dowel until the dough is evenly spread. (With the pictured sticks, we try to push the dough down until it is covering about 3/4 of the dowel.) Note that the dough shrinks and puffs slightly while cooking.

campfire woof ems

Find some hot coals and roast away until the biscuit is golden and the dough on the end of the stick is cooked through. The biscuit should slide right off once it is cooked through and if your dowel was sufficiently oiled.

Then you can fill the woof ’em with whatever you want – any flavor pudding, fruit, whipped cream, jam, or lemon curd. You could even try something savory, like sausage and eggs. I filled mine with pre-made vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and spread some chocolate frosting on the outside. Just like an eclair donut! Plus, the ingredients are pretty easy to pack for camping.

Eating these treats may get a little messy, so just keep some baby wipes around and you’ll be fine. 😉

FYI – I used about 1/2 of one Snack Pack cup for each woof ’em (in addition to some whipped cream), but amounts will vary depending on preference.

Campfire Eclairs {aka Woof ‘Ems}

Rating: 51

Campfire Eclairs {aka Woof ‘Ems}


  • refrigerated biscuit dough
  • pre-made vanilla pudding
  • chocolate frosting
  • whipped cream
  • roasting dowels (roasting ends soaked in oil)


  1. Gently press the biscuit dough around the end of the dowel and down, until dough is spread thin and evenly, without any holes.

  2. Roast dough over hot coals, until golden and cooked through. Slide the biscuit off of the dowel.

  3. Fill the biscuit cup with pudding and whipped cream. Spread the chocolate frosting on the outside. Enjoy!


Fill the woof 'em with whatever you want - pudding, whipped cream, fruit, lemon curd, fruit preserves, or something savory!

Alternately, you can make a similarly delicious treat in the oven. You will be missing the smoky, campfire goodness, but these eclair cups are pretty good too. My fire died and I still had some biscuits left, so might as well bake up some biscuit cups in the oven!

Make biscuit cups by putting dough on the underside of a muffin pan

Preheat the oven to 375 and flip over a muffin pan. Shape each piece of biscuit dough over the bottom protrusions of the pan. Bake for about 6-8 minutes, until lightly golden.

Let cool for a few seconds and remove the dough from off of the pan. Fill the biscuit cups with whatever you want! I spread some chocolate frosting inside, then added vanilla pudding and topped it off with whipped cream. Yum!

Eclair biscuit cup

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Campfire eclairs - perfect for camping. aka woof 'ems


  • Diana

    We called these doughboys, in the 80’s. We used broom handles or
    Whittled sticks. Roasted the dough over the fire and filled with butter and cinnamon or jelly, when done. Great memories! I was a Campfire Girl as a child and a Leader in the 80’s.

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