5 from 4 votes
Dutch Oven Cobbler
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler for a Crowd
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr

This Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler is a wonderfully easy camping dessert recipe for a crowd. Be prepared for requests for seconds!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Cooking for a Crowd
Keyword: Campfire Desserts, Camping Desserts, Cobblers, Dutch Oven Desserts,, Peach Desserts, Scout Camp Desserts
Servings: 30 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
  • 6 peaches peeled and sliced (3 cups)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar - divided
  • 1 cup butter - divided
  • 2 (29 ounce) cans sliced peaches - 1 drained, 1 not drained
  • 1 1/2 (18.25 ounce) packages white cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 gallon ice cream (serves 30 scoops)
Special Equipment
  • Chimney Starter
  • Newspaper & matches
  • Charcoal Briquettes
  • 12-14 inch Dutch Oven (I use 6 quart, 10 quart is fine too)
  • Dutch Oven Lid lifter
  • Small mixing bowl
  • 5 pounds Dry Ice
  • Ice
  • Small cooler
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Serving Spoon
  1. Up to 1 day in advance, peel the peaches, chop into 1-inch size pieces and mix with ½ cup brown sugar. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

  2. Up to 5 hours before serving, place the ice cream in a small cooler and place the dry ice on top of the ice cream. Fill additional space with ice so that the dry ice remains on top of the ice cream.

  3. Starting 2 hours before serving: Place chimney starter on a flame proof surface, stuff the bottom chamber with lightly wadded paper and fill the top chamber with charcoal briquettes for cooking (the recipe only calls for 20, but you’ll want extras just in case.) Light paper with a match. Once paper catches fire, let chimney starter sit for 20 – 25 minutes until charcoal briquettes are gray/white hot.

  4. While the coals are heating, prepare the cobbler. Wipe out the Dutch Oven and spray the inside lightly with cooking oil spray.
  5. Create the cobbler base layer by placing 1/2 cup butter in the Dutch Oven and suspending it over the chimney starter to melt the butter. Add ½ cup brown sugar the prepared peaches, one drained can of peaches and one un-drained can of peaches. Stir to coat the peaches in the brown sugar and evenly distribute. Set aside.

  6. Place 1 ½ boxes of the cake mix and cream cheese in the mixing bowl. Using a knife and fork, cut the cream cheese into the cake mix until the mixture is crumbly with marble-size chunks (like making pie dough).

  7. Pour the cake mixture over the peaches. Dot the remaining 1/2 cup butter over the cake mixture. Place the lid on top of the Dutch Oven and place the Dutch Oven on a fire-proof surface.

  8. Once the coals are white, place 8 hot coals under the Dutch Oven and 12 on top of the Dutch Oven.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, checking at 30 and 45 minutes (depending on the stage of your charcoal, the cooking time can vary). Cobbler is done when a knife or fork inserted in the cake topping comes out without wet batter and no raw white cake mix is visible.

  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream.