Camping Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs

Cookie Cutters for Camping Cookies

By Mike Tamplin on Jul 31, 2014


One of my favorite summer activities is camping. I’m pretty lucky to live in a state with so many camping options. Whether it’s hiking in the lush green mountains of the San Juan Islands, or taking a wine-tasting excursion in the Yakima Valley desert, either way you are sure to come home from the experience with a laundry basket full of dirty clothes that smell like a campfire.

Oh, speaking of campfires, that’s the best part of camping to me– the building of the fire pit. The worse part of camping– finding a spider in your sleeping bag and getting 2nd-degree burns from melted marshmallows. The good parts outweigh the bad though.

With so much love I have for camping, I’m surprised making camping cookies hasn’t crossed my mind until now. There are so many aspects to camping you can easily cookie-fy, but these are just a handful of ideas I thought I would share.

Camping Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs

For this set of camping cookies, I tried to avoid being overly complicated with the designs. In that effect, I used common cutter shapes to keep things easy. Only some minor trimming was needed.

Cookies Cutters for Camping Cookies

For the compass cookie, I used an Wilton eyeglass cutter with just one of the ends trimmed off. The tent was made from trimming off the top of a heart and flipping it upside-down. The camping backpack was made from an upside-down skull. Both the heart and the skull cookie cutters came from this Betty Crocker cutter set.

Camping Cookies: compass, tent, backpack

The canteen was made from a random ornament cutter I picked up somewhere, but I can’t remember. I used an X-letter cutter from the Betty Crocker set to make the roasting marshmallows. The campfire cookie is an upside-down acorn from this Wilton autumn set.

Camping cookies: canteen, marshmallows, camp fire

I don’t own a rectangle cutter so I opted for a mummy-style sleeping bag design using a coffin cutter. The tree cookie is from, well, a tree cutter. (No creativity there.)

Camping Cookies: tree, sleeping bags

All the fine line details were done using Rainbow Dust Food pens.

Now like I said, these are just a few ideas for camping cookies. There’s so many aspects to camping that the possibilities are endless. I hope to make another set in the future and incorporate designs I wanted to do but just didn’t have the time– a lantern, rustic RV camper, and maybe wildlife animals come to mind.

I’ve been taking it easy this summer, but I have a few upcoming cookie ideas in work. So stay tuned and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Camping Cookies Platter by Semi Sweet Designs


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44 replies on “Cookie Cutters for Camping Cookies

  1. love your cookies!!! so creative and just absolutely brilliant!!!!

  2. After missing you for what felt like forever, I’m glad to see you returned with a BANG! What an awesome set Mike! I’m definitely going to pin this post to my “Repurposing Cutters” board.
    Welcome home sweet friend!

    1. Thanks, Nikki. During my time away I have been missing your funny comments. Thanks for always checking in!

  3. I’ve told you on every social media outlet you’ve posted these on, but had to state here as well…I LOVE THESE! Good to see some Semi Sweet goodies again. :) I’ve been taking a cookie break as well. It is summer after all! I’m wondering if I’ll get my mojo back again? The cookie creativity ebbs and flows for me. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    1. You are such awesome support, Melissa! Ebbs and flows is a great way of putting how I’ve been feeling. I’m sure the holiday season will get the creative juices flowing again. :)

    1. Thanks, Francois. :)

  4. Your cookies are AMAZING!! I am going to attempt the roasting marshmallows and the campfire for our next Girl Scout camp out. You are AWESOME!!

  5. We are have a Vacation Bible School camping theme this year. I teach the Junior class. Do you make cookies for sale? I don’t have time to make these, so I thought I would ask.

    Thank you.
    Judy Wilkerson

    1. Hi there, Judy. I don’t take on customer orders but I could refer you to local cookie decorators in your area. Email me at if you are interested. :)

  6. These are sooooo cute. My youngest is planning a hiking trip for her upcoming 22nd birthday…..I hope you don’t mind that I borrow some of your ideas here to make her a set of cookies to celebrate. Love that you used common cookie cutters to achieve these looks as well.

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