15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes


I don't support a lot of extraneous kitchen contraptions. However, my slow cooker will have a space in my cupboards forever. I make tons of soups and stews that sustain my family through the fall and winter months. And lately, I've even started experimenting with making desserts. (See also: 7 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen)

Here are 15 absolutely incredible sweet treats you can make in your crock pot.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Let's just say the author of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake combined two of the best ingredients in the world. The recipe yields 16 total servings at 141 calories each. Turn to this cake when you're looking to make a treat with little effort but would rather skip processed store stuff. Oh, and if you're out of applesauce, you can use any other fruit (or even light vegetable) purees.

2. Apple Crisp Cake

This Apple Crisp Coffee Cake takes only 15 minutes to prep. There are three components: the apple mixture, the tasty oat crumble, and the cake. Once each is mixed together, simply layer them and let cook for just under four hours. Feel free to substitute in other fruits, like pears, and experiment!

3. Fudge

I usually save my fudge indulgences for the beach. With this Easy Fudge Recipe, I can eat it far more frequently. It's semi-healthy, too. Pour chocolate chips, coconut milk, raw honey, and sea salt into your crock pot. Keep the lid shut and cook for two hours. Pour in a little vanilla extract then stir vigorously before pouring into a dish to set.

4. Cinnamon Almonds

These Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds would make a wonderful addition to your holiday table. Coat almonds in a mixture of whisked egg whites and vanilla. Then toss into a bowl of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook for three to four hours, stirring every twenty minutes or so.

5. Baked Apples

Pick too many apples in the orchard? Try these crock pot Baked Apples stuffed with raisins, honey, and walnuts. The recipe calls for green apples because they tend to hold their flavor best with high-heat cooking. However, you can try using your favorite red apples with similarly delicious results.

6. Cheesecake

Cook up mouthwatering, silky smooth Vanilla Cheesecake right in your crock pot. First you'll create a graham cracker and butter crust that you'll press into prepared springform pans. Then you'll mix together the cheesecake filling and pour it into the crusts. The magic: Transfer the pans into your crock pot, cover with some towels and then the lid. Cook for two hours. Let cool for a while before serving.

7. Brownies

Check out these Triple Chocolate Brownies! To eliminate the chance of sticking, you'll line the interior of your crock pot with parchment paper. From there, pour in the batter and cook on low for three and a half hours. The author notes that the center of the brownies might seem a bit gooey at first, but it will be just right once cool.

8. Pumpkin Cake

Don't let the name deceive you. This Pumpkin Dump Cake might quickly turn into a new fall favorite. You can use white or yellow cake mix that you combine with pumpkin puree, spices, butter, and sugar. If you'd rather make it completely from scratch, here's a DIY cake mix recipe you can make and use in place of boxed mixes in recipes like these.

9. Chocolate Fondue

If there's one recipe that's been a hit at all my parties over all others, it's this Chocolate Fondue. You may even have the ingredients you need in the back of your pantry right now. Added bonus: You can schmooze with your guests while it cooks. Dip strawberries and bananas in it. Or try a few squares of angel food cake. Resist the urge to dip in your bare fingers, though — at least until your guests leave.

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Who says dessert can't be healthy? These Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are made with whole ingredients. Avoiding gluten? The recipe can easily be modified for your dietary restriction by using gluten-free oats. Cook, slice, and enjoy.

11. Figgy Pudding

I'll be the first to admit I've never tried this Christmastime staple. Now that I know I can cook Figgy Pudding right in my slow cooker, I might just have to try it. Make this recipe suitable for vegans by using non-dairy butter and your favorite milk substitute. I think coconut milk would taste amazing combined with figs.

12. Hot Cocoa

With just two ingredients, you'll want to make this Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa all the time. For the richest flavor, you can certainly use whole milk. However, if you're watching calories or don't drink dairy, any milk should do in a pinch.

13. Cobbler

When's the last time you had a good cobbler? If you can't remember, add this Black and Blue Cobbler to your must-make list. The recipe calls for two cups each of frozen blueberries and blackberries. Feel free to use whatever frozen fruit you have on hand to modify this recipe.

14. Mason Jar Brownies

What a cool idea! Make brownie batter and spoon into single serving Mason jars before stashing in the slow cooker to bake for three hours. The mixture benefits from the addition of water in the pot to keep everything moist. Serve warm with fresh berries and whipped cream.

15. Pound Cake

I'm not sharing just any pound cake! Behold this beautifully decadent Nutella Swirl Chocolate Chip Pound Cake. What I like most about this recipe is its versatility. You could easily substitute in peanut butter or your favorite nut butter for the nutella. Chocolate chips could just as easily be butterscotch or peanut butter chips. Have fun with it!

Have your made dessert in your slow cooker? Tell us about it! Any recipes to share?

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