The Backcountry Cookie Recipe You Can Take Anywhere

Posted by: Molly Herber on Dec 11, 2015

 Cookies are delicious, and any time is the perfect time to eat them.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Here’s a cookie recipe we make when we're camping that’s easy to master and easy to make your own.

Basic Backcountry Cookies


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup powdered milk (regular, soy, coconut, or Nido)
  • 3 Tbs. water
  • ¾ cup baking mix* (4 cups flour, 2 ½ Tbs. baking powder, ¼ cup powdered milk, 2 tsp. salt) *(We recommend mixing this ahead of time!)
  • ½ cup white flour
  • ⅛ tsp. salt


  1. Cream sugar and butter together.
  2. Mix milk powder and water and add to sugar-butter mixture
  3. Combine flour, salt, and baking mix and add to other ingredients, working it into a stiff dough
  4. Divide into nine pieces
  5. Flatten and bake for about 10 minutes, using a twiggy fire

Makes nine 3-inch cookies or one GIANT cookie.


  • Add a mixture of 1 ½ Tbs. brown sugar and ½ tsp. cinnamon over the cookies before baking
  • Mix ½ cup of a mixutre of fruit, nuts, and seeds into the dough before baking
  • Omit the salt and add 4 Tbs. peanut butter, 2Tbs. more flour, and ¼ cup chopped peanuts
  • Replace powdered milk with ½ cup cocoa and 4 Tbs. water
(Read about twiggy fires and other backcountry baking techniques here.)

Happy munching!

A Delicious Backcountry Cookie
A delicious backcountry cookie. Photo by Tracy Baynes.

Recipe courtesy of the NOLS Cookery.

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Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber