Woof’em: A Campfire Treat

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Hi, I’m Amy visiting with you from Hertoolbelt where I blog about DIY handyman tutorials, craft and furniture plans!

Ahhh Summer time is here! Bring on camping, night games and fun family times around the campfire. We love to cook dutch oven dinner and roast hot dogs and marshmallows, but my friend recently told me about the most delicious campfire treat – Woof ’ems. Have you tried them? Rumor on the street is they get their name because they’re so tasty that you Woof them down! Yum

Campfire TreatFirst, You need to build special roasting sticks.

Campfire Treat Materials needed:

1 1/4″ x 48″ round dowel – available at the hardware store for $4-$4.50 (makes up to?15)

3/8″ x 48″ or 36″ round dowel – available at the hardware store for around $1 (need one for each stick)

woof-em stick biscuit end

Cut the 1 1/4″ round dowel into 3″ lengths. Drill a 3/8″ hole (or slightly larger than the 3/8″ dowel) down the center of the 3″ dowel piece about 2 1/2″ deep.

woof-em sand dowel pieces

Lightly sand the 3″ dowel pieces to remove and rough areas, and slightly round the edges.

woof-em stick, glue dowelDrill a 3/8″ hole in the center of the 3″ dowel piece about 2 1/2″ deep. Make sure the 3/8″ dowel fits in the drilled hole. Put a dab of wood glue in the drilled hole. Lightly coat the 3/8″ dowel with wood glue and slide the dowel into the hole.  Wipe off any excess wood glue.  Allow the glue to dry, at least over night.

Woof-em soak stick in cooking oilBefore using the Woof ’em sticks for the first time, soak them in cooking oil for a few hours.  (Spray big stick end with Pam cooking spray in between biscuit roastings.)

Now for the fun part, making and eating the Woof ’ems.   The recipes and concoction possibilities are endless.  Here are some of our favorites:

  • Vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Coconut pudding
  • Fluffernutter – Mix together 7 oz Marshmallow Creme jar and 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter.
  • Nutella/cream cheese  – Mix together 8 oz cream cheese, 2 heaping spoonfuls of Nutella spread and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Drizzle with Smucker’s chocolate coconut topping.
  • Fruit pie filling
  • Always top with whipping cream!

woof-em concoction bar

The crust of the Woof ’em is made from refrigerator biscuits.  The small biscuits make a perfect size, but for a deep dish style use Pillsbury Grands Jr.woof-em stretch biscuit and wrap stick

Stretch out a biscuit and wrap it onto the fat end of the Woof ’em stick.

woof-em roast biscuits 2

Roast the biscuit over a fire or charcoals until the outside of the biscuit is golden brown and looks done.

woof-em cooked



Slip the biscuit off of the stick end.

woof-em filling

Fill your biscuit with layers of your favorite fillings.

woof-em delicious campfire treat

Always top your Woof ’em with whipping cream and woof it down! The hot savory biscuit and cool whipping cream are unexpectedly delicious together. I don’t know who originally invented the Woof ’em, but they are a genius.

We also think these roasted biscuits will make a fun campfire dinner. A few dinner options, fill your roasted biscuit with:

Taco meat, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese
Ham and cheese
Chili, tomatoes and cheese
Sausage and scrambled eggs  

What are some of your favorite concoctions? Enjoy your Woof ’em.

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  1. Being a girl scout leader, we also call these sore thumbs, usually use a thick stick from the woods (at home, I use an old broom handle) end covered with quick release foil so no spraying of PAM required, & crescent rolls. I had my husband cut down a dowel rod so I could make them in the oven in crappy weather.

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  3. AND another roast’em campfire treat. Add to “Mountain Pie ” or “Camp Chef Pie: One needs some Pie Irons such as: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pie-Iron-Set/26128070 . Butter /grease the inside, 2 slice of bread or biscuit dough, fill with “stuff” and put in the coals for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Bisquik in a plastic bag, alittle milk, mush it up, curl around your green clean stick, and rotate over fire. “Twist’ems” from the old Scout handbook.

  4. We used to do this with our Girl Scouts, using a 1 inch wooden dowel (cut a 3 foot one in half, so each is 1 1/2 feet long). Our favorite is to make them into a chocolate ecliar by filling with vanilla pudding and frosting with chocolate frosting.

  5. I like the little ones as they are a perfect size to have more than one. We used different pie fillings, puddings and of course whip cream. I saw a post to role in a bowl of sugar and cinnamon. Yum!

  6. These look SO awesome! Definitely pinning for future camping trips. And lucky for me, hubby is handy and can make those super special roasting sticks 🙂

    I DO have to say…because it’s driving me CRAZY…the term is actually “wolfing”, not woofing. So they should be called “wolf ’em”.

    Cannot wait to make these.

  7. There is a company that makes these roasting sticks called “Womp ‘Em Sticks” and they also published a cookbook. Both are available on Amazon. We bought some several years ago from the owner of the company before they went public and we love them. We’ve had them 8 years and no complaints.

  8. Scouts of both genders have mixed biscuit dough and spiraled it around 1″-2″ green hardwood sticks, peeled just on the working end, for a hundred years. Only the patient avoid chardough and rawdough results.

  9. Oh my, this dosn’t look good for my diet, BBUUUTT 🙂 I can’t wait to try them anyway. We are camping fanatics and I’m always looking for new ideas for that wonderful camp fire. yum-yum

  10. Lol… Otherwise known as “damper on a stick” or “damper twisties” and cooked in Australia for donkeys years! Of course, we just stick to butter, and jam, honey or vegemite on ours for the most part… Not known for our camping food extravagence 🙂

  11. My family has always done a similar thing with crescent rolls instead of biscuits, and on a dowel somewhere in between the two sizes used to make these sticks (none of this fancy stick making). We’ve always called them Doughboys.

    1. Becki, how did you get them to stay on your stick? I tried using crescent dough this past fall, and when it got hot, it kept drooping and trying to fall off of the stick. Half of it was in the fire when it was done enough to eat.

  12. My family have been camping for over 20 years and we would give the kids a biscuit to roast over the fire and when done they were always filled with scrambled eggs or strawberry jam. I have to say it seems a lot easier to just cut a green limb of the right size and whittle it back wash it off and use to cook with. It works great and it’s one less thing you need to pack. I like the new filling ideas!

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  14. our church group calls these “whop whops” because you whop the pillbury biscuit canister against the table and it whops…open!!!

    And they fill them with jam…….. such a good recipe!!! and good memories!!

  15. I’m a Boy Scout leader and I see I have another project to make and we just had a Campout last weekend . LOL Maybe the end of July we’ll have another ! ! !

  16. We’ve made these at camp since I was a kid. We always put butter and honey in them. I’m definitely going to have to try the Nutella cream cheese mix.

  17. My dad started making these in the 70’s, we just used 1 dowel rod, wrapped crescent rolls around the stick roasted them cooled and filled. When finished wiped them down with oil and stored them in empty bread bag.

  18. We use the handle of a hockey stick or large branch and wrap the end with tin foil. These are wonderful campfire treats. I call them campfire eclaires and use chocolate icing and vanilla pudding. Topped with the whipped cream Delicious!

  19. These look so yummy. I am always looking for new things to try while we are camping. I am going to have to put this on the list. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle

  20. These look so yummy. I am always looking for new things to try while we are camping. I am going to have to put this on the list. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Sunday. Hope to see you again on Sunday.


  22. “Wolf’em Stick” is actually a product conceived (the name) and marketed by 2 teenagers in my neighborhood. You can purchase a better version of this at http://www.wolfem.com. They are currently selling these online and in several stores in several states. If you don’t want to make your own, you can purchase the real thing from them.

    1. It would be very hard for those boy’s to have conceived this Idea since I was using wolf’em sticks since the 1980’s.

  23. My mother used to make these on all our camping trips growing up in the 60’s-70’s. We called them fingers but instead of soaking the sticks in oil she simply sprayed them with Pam cooking spray…same results, We used crescent rolls to wrap around the wooden dowels and had our choice of cherry or apple pie filling and of course a squirt of whipped topping!! Yummm is right!!!

    Thanks for the variation on this treat!

  24. We made these at Day Camp back in the late 40’s as a campfire treat using a large stick. After cooking we filled the biscuit with butter and strawberry jam, mmmm good. We also made banana boats, hershey squares, banana chunks and marshmallows alternating inside a banana skin wrapped in foil and roasted. Smores are not a new thing either, we did them too!!

    1. We make biscuits on a stick all the time, but never went through all that bs to make a dowel rod! Just use a large dowel rode, spray end that biscuit will be stretched on with cooking spray, & stretch biscuit over. Cook over fire & fill with whatever you want!
      Its that easy!!

    1. We did chicken salad (ready bought at the deli section of the store… No grapes please!), and it was INSANE. Best dinner ever, we each had 3. It took like an hour to eat dinner, but boy, was it ever worth it!!!

    1. Hi Anne, I usually wash the sticks off after we are done using them and store with our other camping equipment. When it’s time for more woof ’ems, I wash the sticks and soak in oil again for 30 min or so. I hope you enjoy them!

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