20+ Amazing Christmas Crockpot Recipes That Let You Enjoy the Season

Looking for the perfect Christmas crockpot recipes to make your holiday celebrations delicious and easy?

As the holiday season approaches, we all want impressive and beautiful. that bring warmth and joy to our tables. But the hustle and bustle can often leave us overwhelmed.

Enter the magic of the crockpot: a tool that provides all your dishes with minimal fuss.

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I hope you love this curated list of delightful recipes specially picked for your slow cooker this Christmas. They are all recipes I use and love… the best of the best.

Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting this season!

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tin of homemade christmas crockpot candy.

Easy Crockpot Christmas Candy

An easy and festive way to make homemade candy, these slow cooker treats are delicious and not too sweet. You’ll love the blend of chocolates in this recipe!

bowl of crumble with fruit.

SLOW COOKER GINGERBREAD APPLE PIE CRUMBLE

clear mug of creamy hot chocolate.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Decadent slow cooker hot chocolate – velvety, sumptuously rich, and deeply chocolate-flavored. This ample serving is ideal for festive gatherings!

wooden scoop in crockpot scooping out finished dish

Crockpot Cheesy Hash Browns

A cheesy, creamy, hash brown dish that's the perfect side dish for any time of day. Making this crowd -pleasing recipe couldn't be easier.

platter of turkey off bone.

SLOW-COOKER TURKEY BREAST WITH GRAVY

Succulent turkey breast prepared in a slow cooker, this dish features a bone-in, skin-on cut marinated with a seasoned butter blend. It’s laid atop a mixture of fresh fruits, veggies, aromatic herbs, and a splash of white wine. The rich stock that emerges is refined into a savory gravy.

sliced ham on white platter.

Slow Cooker Ham with Marmalade Glaze

Let your slow cooker handle the holiday feast with this delightful ham recipe. Take a pre-cooked spiral ham and drench it in a delectable brown sugar and apricot marmalade glaze. It’s not only scrumptious but also a clever way to free up your oven during festive times.

slow cooker with apple slices and whole spices.

Slow Cooker Spiked Apple Cider

A warm and spiced fall drink, with a kick. This crockpot drink makes the whole house smell amazing and is just about the coziest thing ever.

plated green bean casserole.

Crockpot Green Bean Casserole

The quintessential Midwestern holiday treat, this Green Bean Casserole is effortlessly prepared in a crockpot. Featuring canned green beans, creamy soup, and crispy french fried onions, it’s a fuss-free dish that can be assembled in advance and cooked to perfection the following day.

bowl of crockpot cranberry sauce

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Craft a delightful cranberry sauce using this straightforward slow cooker method. With just 5 primary ingredients, let your slow cooker handle the task.

bowl of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows.

CROCKPOT SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

This Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole combines the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with a crispy, butter-infused pecan layer. An effortless yet scrumptious dish that’s a hit at family events.

slow cooker with sliced fruit

Easy Crockpot Wassail

This Easy Crockpot Wassail recipe starts with unfiltered apple cider and cranberry juice, then kicks up the flavor with sliced oranges, apples, fresh cranberries and aromatic spices!
Enjoy mulled apple cider as a warm holiday drink that’s perfect for parties and family gatherings. It’s easily made in a crock pot so it will stay warm as long as you like!

spiral cut ham in white bowl

Crock Pot Ham with Cola Glaze

Whip up a delightful Coca Cola Crock Pot Ham effortlessly. Using a pre-cooked ham in the slow cooker, this recipe is highlighted by a sweet fusion of coke and pineapple glaze. Perfect for a savory treat!

mashed potatoes in serving bowl.

Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Relish the silky delight of Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, a perfect accompaniment for any meal. This dish delivers smooth, butter-rich mashed potatoes without the hassle.

bowl of finished stuffing.

CROCK POT STUFFING

The key to exceptional Crock Pot Stuffing is ensuring the bread isn’t too moist when it’s placed in the Slow Cooker. This allows it to steam perfectly during cooking. Moreover, periodically basting it with juices achieves the ideal texture and enriches it with the savory taste of turkey.

platter of meatballs.

Cranberry Meatballs

Kick off your festive celebrations with these vibrant Cranberry Meatballs! Crafted in the slow cooker or crockpot, this delightful dish requires just four ingredients, making it unbelievably simple to whip up!

dish with baked apple.

crock pot stuffed apples

These baking apples are packed with cranberries, walnuts, and brown sugar, then gently cooked in the slow cooker. Once ready, they’re drizzled with a unique salted caramel sauce, crafted from the very juices collected at the crockpot’s base. A heartwarming treat that encapsulates the season’s best flavors!

crockpot filled with spiced nuts.

Crockpot Candied Nuts

Savor the sweetness of Crockpot Candied Nuts, adorned with a sugary cinnamon glaze. They’re the quintessential pre-made snack or starter for festive occasions and a breeze to craft. These nuts aren’t just a delightful indulgence for you, but they also serve as charming homemade gifts, sharing the warmth of handcrafted treats.

shredded pot roast on black platter.

Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Potatoes and Carrots

Relish the comfort of Slow Cooker Roast Beef accompanied by potatoes and carrots, effortlessly crafted for festive celebrations. This dish captures the essence of a hearty roast beef meal, complemented beautifully by a tangy horseradish sauce on the side.

seasoned turkey on platter.

Crock Pot Bone- IN Turkey Breast

Savor this delectable bone-in Crock Pot Turkey Breast, ideal for intimate gatherings or adding more portions during festive occasions.
So succulent and tender, this turkey breast might just become your preferred choice over a whole turkey for the Thanksgiving feast!

CinnAMON ROLL CASSEROLE

Sweet, gooey, and so easy to make. Perfect for Christmas morning.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Soft and perfectly spiced, you’ll love this one topped with a little whipped cream after a special holiday dinner.

Holiday Slow Cooker Tips and IDeas

  • Start Early: Begin your holiday dinner planning a few weeks in advance. This allows ample time to source ingredients, especially those that might be seasonal or in high demand.
  • Prep Ingredients the Night Befor Cut vegetables, measure out spices, and prep meats the evening prior. This streamlines the cooking process on the big day.
  • Use Liners for Easy Cleanup: Consider using slow cooker liners to make post-dinner cleanup a breeze.
  • Layer Ingredients Properly: Typically, root vegetables take longer to cook, so place them at the bottom of the cooker, closer to the heat.
  • Avoid Overcrowding:Ensure the slow cooker is not filled beyond three-quarters of its capacity to allow for even cooking.
  • Monitor Cooking Times: While the beauty of the crockpot is the set-and-forget nature, it’s essential to know the ideal cooking times for dishes to avoid overcooking.
  • Use the ‘Warm’ Setting: After your dish has finished cooking, use the ‘warm’ setting to keep it at the perfect temperature without overcooking.
  • Maximize Space with Stackable Inserts: If preparing multiple dishes, consider stackable inserts which allow you to cook more than one item in the slow cooker at a time.
  • Plan for Dishes Outside the CrockpotWhile the slow cooker is invaluable, remember that some dishes might be better prepared using other methods. Plan your menu so that oven or stovetop dishes don’t overlap with crockpot cooking times.
  • Garnish Before Serving: Slow-cooked dishes can sometimes look a bit muted. Freshen up the appearance and flavor with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of cheese right before serving.
  • Consider Multiple Slow Cookers: If you’re an avid holiday host and find yourself often running out of space, it might be worth investing in a second (or third) crockpot, especially if they’re of varying sizes.
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Why would I want to use a crockpot for my Christmas meals?

Using a crockpot can save you time and effort. Once the ingredients are in, you can let the dish cook slowly without the need for constant attention, freeing you up to enjoy the festivities or prepare other parts of the meal.

How far in advance can I start my crockpot meal for Christmas?

It depends on the recipe. Some dishes, like mulled wine or apple cider, can be started just a few hours before serving. Heavier dishes like prime rib roast might need 6-8 hours. Always check the specific recipe for guidance

Is it safe to leave my crockpot on while attending Christmas church services or while I’m out?

Modern crockpots are designed to be safe for extended use. However, for peace of mind and safety, it’s always a good idea to ensure the area around the crockpot is clear, and there’s no risk of it being knocked over. If you’re out for an extended period, it might be worth investing in a crockpot with a timer function.

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