Disclaimer: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles provided the Trefoil Cookies and Melissa’s Produce provided the produce and nuts for the recipe in this post.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are mine.

I’m not sure how I wound up in a camping mindset when creating my Girl Scout Cookie desserts this year, but I’m excited about both recipes, so I’m rolling with it!  I love teaming up with my friends at Melissa’s Produce and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to make fun desserts using great produce and Girl Scout Cookies…my Glampfire Bark using the new S’mores cookie is easy and delicious…and I think I may like my Trefoil Campfire Crisp even more!

Trefoils are, of course, the quintessential Girl Scout Cookie – the closest flavor to the original cookies that Girl Scouts baked themselves beginning in 1917 until the 1930’s, when commercial brands started making the cookies.  (The Girl Scout “Sugar Cookie” Recipe with a business plan was first published in The American Girl Magazine in 1922.)  Simple and straightforward, the shortbread cookies lend themselves equally well to a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee or tea…and this makes them easy to include in a myriad of desserts, like my new favorite fruit crisp.

This recipe is easily made at home in the oven or around the campfire. Even if you’re camping during the summer, nighttime can be chilly enough to warrant a cozy dessert that warms us up from the inside out.  And with fresh fruit and nuts, it’s healthy too, right?  Let’s go with that!  If you don’t have Trefoils, you can always use old-fashioned oats. But we all know the Girl Scout Cookie Sale isn’t just about the cookies.  When Girl Scouts of all ages participate, they learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. So stock up ~ they freeze well!

Melissa’s Produce Gluten free Almond Clean Snax are also made with chia and flaxseeds, as well as white sesame seeds, honey and sea salt, which add great flavor to the streusel topping. Clean Snax can be found in many local grocery stores but you can also substitute any chopped nut if you’d prefer. (You can also make this a gluten free dessert by using gluten free oats and rice flour/gluten free flour.)

For the filling, the sweet-tart flavors of Melissa’s Produce Honey Crisp Apples, Bosc Pears and Meyer Lemon are a perfect combination. I love their whole nutmeg too; freshly grated along with apple pie spices or cinnamon, it adds a warm note to the brown sugar, vanilla and fruits.  If you’ve never used freshly grated nutmeg, I highly recommend you give it a try; you will note a big difference in the flavor. It’s so pretty I had to include a photo to show you!

Once the streusel and filling are made, simply pour them into buttered dishes (or cast iron skillets – I just love these mini skillets for individual servings), and pop them into the oven for about a half hour.

When the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling, they’re ready – but you must allow them to cool a bit, even though you may be drooling from the aroma wafting from the oven!

I think they’re delicious all on their own, but a little fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream wouldn’t hurt either.  You can also make a quick icing drizzle with juice from the lemon you zested and some powdered sugar.  It’s a delightful dessert, just sweet enough and not too heavy…and I admit, I have been known to eat fruit crisps for breakfast too (have you? – don’t worry, it’ll be our secret). Whenever and wherever you share it,  be it around your campfire or your kitchen table, be sure you sing a camp song while you enjoy!

…around the campfire, on land or at sea…Girl Scouts together we’ll always be…  Girl Scout song

Connect with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles: on Facebook; Twitter: @GirlScoutsLA; on Instagram: @GirlScoutsLA. Find a cookie sale near you by visiting here.

Cozy Campfire Crisp
 
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Fruit crisps are such a lovely dessert - or breakfast - choose your fruits and try new toppings, like subbing in Girl Scout Trefoil Cookies for oats, and Melissa's Produce Almond Clean Snax instead of nuts. And using gluten-free oats, cookies and flour will provide a delicious gluten-free dessert!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Girl Scout Trefoil Cookie pieces (approx. 10 cookies)*
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated Melissa’s Produce Whole Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ cup Melissa’s Produce Almond Clean Snax, crushed (approx.. 12 pieces)**
  • ½ cup sweet butter, softened
  • *Old-fashioned Oats or gluten-free oats may be substituted for the Trefoil Cookies
  • **1/2 cup pecans, walnuts or chopped nuts of your choice may be substituted for the Almond Clean Snax
  • Filling
  • 3 large Melissa’s Produce Honey Crisp Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 Melissa’s Produce Bosc Pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated Melissa’s Produce Whole Nutmeg
  • Juice of half of a Melissa’s Produce Meyer Lemon
  • Zest of 1 whole Melissa’s Produce Meyer Lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Butter a 9” x 13” baking dish (or cast iron skillet, mini cast iron skillets).
  3. In a bowl, combine all streusel ingredients except the butter and mix well.
  4. Add the softened butter and stir with a fork (or your clean hands) until crumbles form; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, spices, salt and lemon zest.
  6. Add the apples and pears and toss gently to coat.
  7. Add the lemon juice and the vanilla, and toss again.
  8. Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared baking dish/dishes.
  9. Top with the streusel filling.
  10. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.
  11. Cool at least 30 minutes before serving; store leftovers in the refrigerator.
  12. Top with whipped cream or ice cream. Or, drizzle lightly with Lemon Glaze: whisk 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. - plus more if needed - lemon juice from the lemon you zested, splash of vanilla until smooth.
  13. Suggested method for making over a campfire: (Consult your favorite camping cookbook for additional information or methods.)
  14. Butter the inside of a cast iron Dutch oven.
  15. Pour the fruit mixture into the pot and top with the streusel mixture.
  16. Cover the pot with foil, then with the cast iron cover.
  17. Place on a rack over your campfire's coals and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the top is golden and the juices are bubbling.
  18. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

4 comments on “Cozy Campfire Crisp”

    • Thank you Cathy! The Clean Snax really addd a great flavor dimension versus just using almonds. They are one of my favorite things to snack on as well!

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