Brown Bears by the Campfire

11 Dec

How many times have you sat by a campfire and thought, “I want to make S’mores!”  Then you do and realize S’mores really aren’t very tasty?  Happens to me every time.  I think I like the thought of S’mores WAY better than actual S’mores…

Thanksgiving weekend was no different.  We made a campfire and of course we all thought, “Let’s make S’mores!” But then Lori (Joseph’s sister-in-law) mentioned these things called Brown Bears.  None of us knew what she was talking about but the way she described them convinced us that we needed them.  So the three girls (me, Lori, & Jeremy’s girlfriend Ashley) made a trip to the store to get the supplies/ingredients.

Step 1:  Start off with the following supplies/ingredients:

Cans of the big Grands Biscuits (each biscuit makes 1 brown bear so get the amount you need **WARNING: You will eat more than you expect because they are so delicious so buy extras)

Sticks of Butter (2 should be plenty)



Several 5/8″ Wooden Dowels (one for each person)

Wooden Dowels

Dowels – about 3ft long (these can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, etc.)

Two small rectangular dishes (we used two 3-cup Pyrex dishes)

Step 2: Soak the ends of the dowels

You will need to soak the ends of the dowels in water for at least 30 minutes but if you can, soak them for a couple of hours.  This can be done by filling a large bucket with water and just standing the dowels in the bucket or by filling your sink, or any other way you can figure out how to get a large amount of water into a collected space to stick in the ends of the dowels.  I’m sure you are a smart person, so get creative.

Soaking them will prevent them from catching on fire when you stick the dowels in the flames.

Step 3:  Let the biscuits warm up

Remove the biscuits from their frightening containers (I jump almost every time I open a can of biscuits) and let them get to room temperature.  We set them on a plate for about 30 minutes.  The closer they are to room temperature, the easier it is to roll the them.

Step D:  Melt the butter

Melt the sticks of butter in one of the rectangular dishes.  We found that 2 sticks of butter in a 3-cup Pyrex dish worked pretty perfectly for about 8-16 brown bears.

Step 5: Make the cinnamon-sugar mixture

You can either spend more money on the pre-made cinnamon-sugar mixture or you can just make your own because it isn’t difficult.  Either way, put it in the other rectangular dish.  We just threw some sugar in the dish and added cinnamon until the mixture was an even light brownish color.  If I had to guess I would say it would be about 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for every 1/2 cup of sugar used.  But just do it to taste…if you like a lot of cinnamon, add a lot of cinnamon.  This is supposed to be fun, not challenging.  Either way you do it, I’m sure the Brown Bears will turn out delicious.  These are pretty fool-proof.

Just ignore the fact that I took these pictures after we had already made a few brown bears...that's why the mixture looks all weird and somewhat wet...

Just ignore the fact that I took these pictures after we had already made a few brown bears…that’s why the mixture looks all weird and somewhat wet…

Step 6:  Remove the dowels from the water

Remove the soaking dowels from the water and dry them off using a paper towel.

Step &: Roll the biscuits

Roll a biscuit into long, stringy, worm-looking thing.  We rolled them until they were about 8 inches long…the longer they are, the thinner your Brown Bear will be aka it will cook better in the center.

Ashley, Joseph, and Jeremy rolling their biscuits

Ashley, Joseph, and Jeremy rolling their biscuits

Step 8:  Wrap the biscuits around the dowel

Take your wormy string of biscuit and wrap it around the soaked end of the dowel starting from the tip.  Wrap it at an angle so that each time around goes right below the previous.  You can have it touching or spaced out a little bit.  We found that the biscuit stays on the dowel better if it is touching itself as you wrap it but it also cooks better in the center if you space it…so do whatever you want.  Mine were always touching.

(see the pictures in the next step for how they are supposed to look)

Step 9:  Cook the biscuit

Hold the dowel and place your biscuit over the fire.  It takes a while for the inside to cook so if you hold it in one spot over the fire for too long, the outside will burn while the inside remains mushy.  I think the best way of cooking it was along the outside of the fire and constantly turning it like a rotisserie chicken.  Plus, turning it gives you something to do while it cooks…

Lori cooking up her Brown Bear

Lori cooking up her Brown Bear

Once the outside starts to get brown, I liked to spread out my biscuit so that there were spaces between the wrapping so it would get more cooked in the middle but would still stay on the stick because the outside was cooked and the shape was formed already.  These will get cooked more than how you would actually want your regular biscuits so don’t worry if they start getting pretty dark.

Step 10:  Butter that biscuit

Once your biscuit is finished cooking (the inside will more than likely not get completely done but I think it’s delicious that way) it should be able to slide down the dowel when you hold it completely vertical.  The more you have to help it off the stick, the more gooey it will be on the inside.  Remove the cooked biscuit from the dowel.  The shape should hold in a spring-like form.  Roll the biscuit in the dish of butter.  (This is why the rectangular dishes are better because the whole biscuit fits in it.)

We would slide the biscuit off the dowel directly into the butter dish

We would slide the biscuit off the dowel directly into the butter dish

Step !!:  Coat the biscuit in the cinnamon-sugar mixture

Once your springy-looking biscuit is all buttered up, roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat it.

Cinnamon Sugar Bears

These pictures were taken with my phone and he was rolling his biscuit pretty violently so sorry for the blurry result…

Step 12:  Enjoy your Brown Bear in all of its buttery, cinnamon-sugary goodness.

Joseph enjoying his Brown Bear

Joseph enjoying his Brown Bear

This is so easy that kids can do it!  Plus, it’s fun and WAY more delicious than stupid S’mores!

Although, I am not quite sure why they are called Brown Bears…they look nothing like bears.  Joseph called them something like Tan Curly Worms and I called them Cinnamon-Sugar Springs but whatever you call them, I am sure you will be happy with the result!

If you decide to make these, let me know how they turn out!

One Response to “Brown Bears by the Campfire”


  1. Camping on the Beach at Camp Pendleton « Sweet . Sassy . and a bit Smart-Assy . - February 20, 2013

    […] we made Brown Bears.  (If you missed my post explaining what Brown Bears are and how to make them, here you go.)  It had gotten so cold after the sun went down that I completely forgot to take pictures because […]

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