Christmas crockpot recipes are ideal for busting out on the holiday season. It’s as easy as pie when fixing homemade crockpot recipes. Most often, people take advantage of the crockpot to keep their food warm throughout the day.
The benefit of using a crockpot is that you can set it and forget about it. If you’re excited about that idea, keep reading to uncover various Christmas recipes to prepare in your slow cooker. Remember, the crockpot is great at dealing with dishes that take a lot of time to cook.
I like Christmas because the holiday presents itself with plenty of opportunities to test out new recipes. That’s why I think these dishes are perfect for whipping up using a slow cooker. Plus, you get to free up so much time to handle other tasks.
Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes.
Let’s begin the holiday with a classic stuffing to treat your family to a heart-warming meal. People usually feature stuffing as part of the holiday meal, especially in a roasted turkey. In most cases, stuffing consists of whatever ingredients that you have available.
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Commonly, I like to make my stuffing with a base flavor from a variety of herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage. To make full use of the fragrant herbs, I prefer cooking them with butter, celery, and onion.
In your crockpot, layer the bottom with bread cubes before adding the onion mixture. Then, you want to pour a combination of beaten eggs and vegetable stock into the pot. For an extra earthy taste, toss in some chopped parsley.
Set the crockpot on a low configuration to cook the ingredients for around 3 – 4 hours. Don’t forget to stir the stuffing occasionally to avoid any unwanted burn on the dish. The result you get is a soft stuffing that bombards your taste buds with various flavors.
Total time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Christmas is the perfect time to bust out your glazed ham recipe for a fulfilling family gathering dinner. Ideally, people usually prepare the ingredients in the morning, then allow the crockpot to handle the rest of the cooking process.
Traditionally, you want to dress up the ham in a glaze concoction consisting of honey, mustard, and brown sugar. If the seasoning blend is too thick, I recommend adding some water to loosen it up. Simmer the glaze for around 5 minutes before adding cloves.
While you’re placing the ham into the slow cooker, make sure to distribute them evenly, so they’re thoroughly cooked. Pour your glaze over the ham and fire up your slow cooker at a low setting.
The long cooking time allows the ham to soak up all the sweet and savory taste from the glaze sauce. For serving, you can either have the ham alone or accompany it with extra glaze. Once you have a bite at glazed ham, it’s almost impossible to turn down the dish.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes (on high configuration).
The holiday season is also a great time to start fixing a healthy diet right in your lovely kitchen. Lucky for you, I have an ideal southern green bean recipe to test out. The dish works best when you let the slow cooker take care of your cooking procedure.
Simply chop up your green beans into bite-size pieces, so they fit into your pot. I know the green bean alone tastes bland, but the addition of bacon bits is a game-changer to the dish. Ideally, you want to fry the bacon to a crisp to accompany the green beans.
In addition, you need to pour in chicken stock to keep the green bean moist and flavorful. I like to use paprika powder for a nice kick of spiciness along with red peppers. It takes around 6 – 7 hours on a low setting to fully cook all the ingredients.
Instead of possessing a crunchy texture, your crockpot green bean is usually soft with a sweet flavor from the chicken stock. For serving, I suggest tossing the green bean with butter and the remaining bacon for an irresistible dish.
Learn how you can easily create a healthy green bean dish using a crockpot.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
No matter the holiday occasion, it’s always a brilliant choice to whip up a homemade mashed potato dish to treat your friends and family. The recipe is straightforward, but the complex creamy and buttery taste always keeps coming back for more.
Commonly, people tend to process the potatoes into big chunks to cook in the slow cooker with chicken stock and various seasonings. Remember, your mixture of butter, sour cream, and cream cheese will only come in at the end of the cooking process.
Crank your slow cooker to a high setting if you only have 3 – 4 hours to prepare your mashed potato. Most often, the slow setting is more favorable because it allows the potatoes to absorb all the seasoning’s essence slowly.
When your potato is soft enough, take your hand masher to begin breaking them apart. At this stage, you want to incorporate the mentioned cream mixture until you get the desired consistency. Don’t use a food processor for this step, as it results in a gummy texture.
Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes.
As the cold weather of the holiday approaches, you need to find a drink to keep yourself warm. Therefore, with a holiday spirit, allow me to bring you a crock pot-friendly punch recipe that is easy to make right in your kitchen.
For the ingredients, I recommend a combination of cranberry-pomegranate juice with orange and lime for a citrusy taste. To spice up the flavor, people usually drop in spices like cloves, cinnamon, and allspice seasoning.
Remember, you can always adjust the punch by adding extra sugar for a sweet beverage. Furthermore, I also feature some cranberries and orange slices to highlight the punch’s fruity flavor. Thanks to the cranberry, your punch has a vivid red color, perfect for the Christmas theme.
Total time: 3 hours 5 minutes.
Glazed carrot is a tasty crockpot side dish to go with various Christmas specialties. In some cases, the glazed carrot even fits for a crockpot Thanksgiving menu. The best thing is you just have to pop a few easy-to-find ingredients into the slow cooker and wait for your dinner time.
For the carrots, people chop them into bite-size pieces to combine with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Stir the carrots around to coat them with the sweet glaze. The result is a shiny layer of sugar coating over crunchy pieces of carrots.
Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes.
Christmas is not perfect without having warm glasses of hot chocolate to enjoy with family members. To my surprise, the slow cooker can be calibrated to aid you in creating delicious hot chocolate. Better yet, the recipe is convenient to make whenever you have free time.
Many people wonder why I use the crockpot to make hot chocolate, while the conventional method takes only 2 minutes. Actually, you can make the chocolate drink in bulk to store for later consumption. And with a crockpot, I don’t need to monitor the cooking process.
Most chocolate drinks start with a cocoa powder base with cream, warm milk, and sugar. Make sure you stir the concoction thoroughly to dissolve the dry ingredient completely. Remember, the addition of chocolate chips helps the mixture get a thick consistency.
Cover the lid to melt the chocolate and whisk after 30-45 minutes for a smooth texture. At the end of the cooking process, give the chocolate one last stir to dissolve all the ingredients. Serve the hot chocolate with marshmallows or candy canes for a Christmas theme drink.
Spice up Christmas with a hot chocolate drink in a single slow cooker.
Total time: 3 hours 10 minutes.
After a long day of handling various tasks around the house for Christmas, you may want to have a decadent treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. You’re in luck because the chocolate pudding cake is an easy dessert to prepare for the night.
For the dry ingredients, I utilize a combination of all-purpose flour with cocoa powder, baking powder, and chocolate chips. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, then add milk with vanilla to incorporate into a thick batter.
People often spray a light layer of oil in the slow cooker to prevent the pudding from sticking to the side later in the cooking process. Furthermore, the pudding’s topping is a smooth concoction of cocoa powder, sugar, and water. Pour the topping over the batter without stirring the mixture.
The pudding often has a soft cake texture with warm chocolate sauce that is irresistible for anyone. The best way to serve a chocolate pudding is to enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a tasty Christmas dessert.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
It’s a tradition to feature turkey on every Christmas occasion. Therefore, I have a terrific roasted turkey recipe to help you free up so much time being in the kitchen. Let the slow cooker take over your turkey dish while you spend the time on other tasks.
Any good turkey dish starts with a good spice rub to infuse various fragrant tastes into the meat. Rub the turkey with a blend of thyme, garlic powder, and paprika. I suggest adding softened butter to the mix to help the seasoning stick to the meat better.
I prefer using turkey breast for this dish because it contains the most meat with no bones. Of course, other parts of the turkey will also work wonders with this recipe. After rubbing the turkey breast, place it into the slow cooker and let the cooking begin.
If you want a crispy skin turkey, I suggest broiling the breast for 5-10 minutes in the oven. The long cooking time allows the turkey to retain juicy water with flavorful seasonings infused into every strip of meat.
Total time: 8 hours 5 minutes.
Whenever the outside temperature drops, I like to bust out this easy crockpot dish for vegan diets to fight the cold. The treat is essentially baked sweet potatoes with a fluffy interior and crunchy skin on the outside.
The key point to evenly cooking the sweet potatoes is to poke numerous holes around them. It helps the heat penetrate the potatoes, cooking them from both inside and outside. Set the slow cooker to a low setting for around 8 hours before serving your simple snack.
You can store any leftover sweet potatoes in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Simply reheat the sweet potatoes and enjoy them whenever you please.
Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes.
This poached pear dessert is a straightforward dish for any family reunion during the holiday. You can even prepare the pears ahead and keep them warm with a slow cooker, so they are ready to serve at any time.
Commonly, the pear has a unique crunchy and starchy texture, making it ideal for an exotic dessert. After peeling the pears, throw them into the crockpot along with apple cider, cinnamon, and cloves. For sweeteners, I suggest using maple syrup for a hint of caramel.
If you want to add a bit of tanginess to your sweet course, a scoop of Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt are ideal choices to upgrade this vegetarian-styled crockpot dish.
You may also want to add some water to adjust the poaching mixture’s consistency. Once cooked, the pears are relatively soft, so you should grab the stem to avoid mushing them accidentally. Thanks to the various ingredients, the pears have a balanced sweet flavor.
Poached pear is a must-try dessert for any holiday.
Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes.
Gingerbread is a must-have for any festive time. Better yet, I suggest fusing a standard pudding dessert with gingerbread ingredients in one slow cooker. One bite of the gingerbread brings back many memories of everyone’s childhood.
In your crockpot, make sure you lay a piece of parchment paper to stop the bread from sticking to the bottom. To make the pudding’s sweetener, people melt butter with sugar and treacle (uncrystallized syrup) to a liquid consistency.
For the pudding, whisk eggs with the sweetener mixture before incorporating flour, baking powder, and milk. In addition, the ginger flavor of the bread mainly comes from using ground ginger with cinnamon for a touch of nutty taste.
After 2 hours of cooking, the pudding surface should rise slightly and possess a bouncy texture. For serving, run the knife along the edge of the cake so it’s easier to remove from the pot. Lightly drizzle the pudding with icing sugar for a final decoration step.
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes.
Here’s a wonderful breakfast cooked in the crockpot that can indulge yourself in during this holiday season. Indeed, this apple cinnamon roll casserole is a surprise treat for everyone after the first bite.
You can feel the warmth of cinnamon rolls and the tenderness of every apple chunk. And the preparation cannot get easier as all you need to do is layering these 2 main ingredients for making the base, then pour the mixture of egg, milk, butter, syrup, and seasonings on this base.
Don’t forget to top them with a bit of icing before heating the start button. Now, the only thing left to do is wait for your casserole ready, which might take around 2 to 2.5 hours to cook at a low setting. Easy peasy, right?
Total time: 8 hours 5 minutes.
An alternative way to enjoy Christmas with family and friends is to whip up a hearty split pea soup to keep everyone warm. You only have to combine a bunch of ingredients to complete a fool-proof slow cooker soup recipe for a hearty meal.
After rinsing the peas, place them into the crockpot with carrots, onion, and other ingredients (except the ham). Make sure you add a sufficient amount of water to keep all the ingredients submerged.
The recipe even works when you leave it to cook overnight to prepare a heart-warming soup. After around 8 hours, you can add the ham to serve with the pea soup. One thing I like is that the vegetable is super tender as it can melt in your mouth.
Total time: 7 hours 15 minutes (including 1 hour of marinating).
Christmas is an ideal time to bust out a beef recipe using a crockpot to keep everyone busy around the dinner table. Since beef is tender and juicy by nature, you only have to accompany the meat with a thick savory sauce.
I often like rubbing the brisket with a paste made from smoked paprika, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Allow the beef to marinate in the seasoning paste for 24 hours if needed. However, I usually only marinate the brisket for 1 hour before moving to the next step.
To prepare the thick sauce, I want you to grab BBQ sauce as the base flavor to combine with a splash of beef stock and soy sauce. The resulting sauce should be more liquid than the original BBQ sauce. Cook the brisket in the sauce for a good 6 – 8 hours.
Once the brisket is cooked, you need to broil them in the oven to deepen the color of the meat. Let the brisket rest for around 15 minutes to prevent any loss of moisture.
Let everyone enjoy a great dinner by preparing a finger-licking-good beef brisket dish.
Total time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Cranberry sauce is amazing for the holiday season to spread over your bread or accompany an array of dishes. Commonly, people make cranberry sauce as a delicious crockpot recipe for Thanksgiving, but the striking red color of the cranberry is perfect for the Christmas atmosphere.
The sauce takes a long time to cook up in the pot with an equal amount of orange juice and water. To create thick sauce consistency, you want to use a generous amount of sugar with a pinch of cinnamon for a light, woody flavor.
Stir the concoction thoroughly with the cranberries to coat them evenly. After three hours of cooking, you should mash the cranberries and let the slow cooker run for some minutes. The sweetness of sugar makes for a mesmerizing combo with the tartness of the cranberries.
Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes.
All year round, broccoli is an easy-to-find ingredient, which explains why many families often use the vegetable to make a cheesy casserole for the holidays. If you’re planning to use frozen broccoli, it can cut down the cooking time by half.
First, you should cut the broccoli head into small pieces to place them in the crockpot. For a thick creamy sauce, I recommend using a mushroom cream soup as a base to combine with shredded cheese, mayonnaise, and milk. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients.
I enjoy the casserole with a pinch of paprika for a mild spiciness. The casserole is best to serve with extra shredded cheese for an ultimate cheesy holiday side dish. The recipe also works wonders when you want your kids to have more greens in their diets.
Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes.
Whether it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, you can never go wrong with serving up apple cider to bring the holiday spirit into your house. On average, apple cider contains around 3%-8.5% alcohol content, making it a light drink.
Instead of having to use whole apples, it’s more convenient to get the juice from your nearest store. Then, it’s time to spice up the drink with cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. Furthermore, a sprinkle of nutmeg will help the cider have a slightly nutty taste.
People also throw in a few orange slices for a citrus note to the beverage. Allow the slow cooker to work its magic for some hours before removing the spices for serving. Typically, a good glass of apple cider possesses a complex sweet and tart with murky water.
Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes.
Are you in need of a creamy slow cooker dip recipe for this Christmas meal? This spinach and artichoke dip will surely take over the dinner table by storm. I promise people are going to be asking you for tips to pull off this dip.
Simply grab spinach and artichoke hearts to combine with various types of cheese. To make it easy, you should utilize cheddar and parmesan along with Neufchatel (French cheese). In addition, you need to throw in a garlic clove for a fragrant dip.
Thanks to a variety of cheese, the spinach dip stands out with a distinct richness. It’s time to bust out the chips to enjoy your addicting creation.
Christmas is the time to let loose on your cheesy dip with spinach and artichoke.
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Cinnamon and apple is a classic yet straightforward dessert with only a couple of ingredients. People usually cook a thick sugar sauce with apple slices until a soft texture. Interestingly the cinnamon in the dessert stimulates the cleansing of your organs.
For this recipe, people tend to peel the skin and remove the core of the apple. Besides the brown sugar and cinnamon, the dish calls for cornstarch, nutmeg, and raisin. Remember, you only place the butter over the ingredients, so it gradually melts during the cooking process.
Stir the ingredients when you go through half the cooking time. With each bite, the apple cinnamon will explode with a harmonious tart and sweet flavor. I often feature the dish as a light dessert after having a hearty dinner.
Total time: 3 hours 35 minutes.
If you’re fed up with conventional Christmas dishes, it’s time to spice up your holiday with a unique cranberry meatballs recipe. I know preparing a holiday meal can be hectic sometimes, which is why you should leave it all to the slow cooker to take care of this meatball dish.
To cut you some slacks, I highly recommend using store-bought meatballs. As for the sauce, you need to cook a combination of jellied cranberry sauce, chili sauce, and Sambal Oelek (a type of chili paste) in the crockpot for around 1 hour.
Throw in the meatballs and stir them thoroughly with the savory cranberry sauce. Crank the slow cooker to a high setting to wrap up the cooking process in around 2 hours. In return, the low setting may take you around 4 hours to cook the meatballs all the way through.
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes.
The cinnamon roll is an outstanding dessert or even a simple breakfast for all the family members. These cinnamon buns are great to pair with a hot cup of coffee to start the day. Simply prepare the rolls at night, and you have a ready-to-go meal in the morning.
To create the batter, people use all-purpose for the base with honey as a sweetener, yeast, and butter. Don’t forget that you must pour in warm milk to activate the yeast properly. In addition, crackling in an egg helps the dry ingredients to incorporate easier.
Flatten the dough to an even surface to begin adding the cinnamon filling. Most often, you just have to combine cinnamon, sugar, and butter for a classic cinnamon roll. For each strip of dough, you want to place a generous amount of filling before rolling it up.
While the crockpot is handling the cinnamon rolls, I want you to prepare the icing to accompany the dessert. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese with powdered sugar, milk, and maple flavoring. Serve up the rolls with a drizzle of the icing.
Discover the simple steps to make a bunch of cinnamon rolls this Christmas.
Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes.
Brussel sprout is a solid pick for a healthy diet during this Christmas diet of yours. It’s hard to believe that a couple of additions like butternut squash and a honey cinnamon sauce can greatly amplify the Brussel’s overall taste.
All you have to do is slice the Brussel sprouts and squash into decent chunks before placing them into the crockpot. The main focus of this dish is the sauce, which consists of honey, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon.
To create thick consistency for the sauce, you need to simmer the ingredients for around 5 minutes. Afterward, toss the veggies with the sauce to combine. Whenever you want to serve up the dish, be sure to sprinkle the veggie with a good amount of pecan and cranberry sauce.
Total time: 2 hours.
The chocolate peanut butter cake is a dessert that treats you with a fascinating creaminess. Better yet, you don’t have to materialize the cake from scratch as you have the option to use a cake mix as a base mixture.
Make sure you whip up the cake mix along with the peanut butter, water, and egg till a smooth texture. After spraying the slow cooker with a layer of oil, transfer the batter into the pot. While the slow cooker is running, you may want to start making the peanut butter glaze.
The glaze helps add an extra layer of creamy flavor to the cake. Whisk the peanut butter with powdered sugar and milk until the concoction becomes smooth. Spread the glaze over the cake surface with a few peanut butter cups and fudge sauce for topping.
Total time: 55 minutes (use high setting).
Monkey bread sounds like a weird name for a delicious pastry dessert. The bread gets its name because people usually pull the bread apart to consume it, much like how monkeys groom each other. The nice thing about monkey bread is the recipe works with any type of dough.
For this recipe, I like taking advantage of pre-made biscuit dough that appears at any store. Cut the dough into thin strips and flatten them. Next, throw your dough into a bag to toss it around with sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Set the crockpot to a high setting to cook the bread.
While you’re at it, turn your attention to preparing the glaze by whisking milk with powdered sugar. Ideally, you want the glaze to be slightly thick so you can drizzle it over the bread for serving.
Monkey bread might just be your favorite dessert to make using a slow cooker.
Total time: 3 hours 25 minutes.
The holiday is no time for you to eat boring canned food. Therefore, I recommend treating everyone in the family with a rich and creamy corn side dish. You only have to prepare a few ingredients to create a top-of-the-line creamed corn with your slow cooker.
Aside from the must-have corn kernels, you want to prepare a creamy concoction of milk with some seasonings. The unsalted butter and cream cheese should only come in at the final step of preparation. Allow the slow cooker to work its magic before the mixture.
At the final 15 minutes mark, I want you to crank the slow cook to a high setting. The cream should have a nice thick consistency while coating the corn kernels evenly. With every spoon full of the cream, the corn kernels act like tiny explosions of sweet taste.
Total time: 3 hours 10 minutes (on a high setting).
To wrap up the Christmas compilation of crockpot dishes, I can’t wait to tell you about a decadent corn casserole side dish. The texture is similar to ones in bread but with a massive hit of corn flavor. With the aid of a slow cooker, you can easily pull off this recipe.
The casserole consists of a corn muffin mix as the base ingredient to combine with cream-style sweet corn, milk, and butter. It may be difficult to incorporate the ingredients at first, but the addition of some eggs will make it easier. Mix until you get a batter consistency.
Fire up the slow cooker on a high configuration to start cooking the casserole for around 3 hours. If you’re using a low setting, it takes double the time to cook the casserole thoroughly. Most often, I prioritize the use of honey as a natural sweetener in the dish.
Thank you for spending your time reading this amazing compilation of Christmas crockpot recipes. Even when it’s not the Christmas occasion, these slow cooker dishes are still an awesome choice to diversify meal options. Overall, you should definitely save this post.
Happy holiday; although it may not be the right time, I hope that you find this article useful. Tell me more about your incredible crockpot creations in the comment section. Share the post with everyone you love so they know what to expect for Christmas.