If you’re the proud owner of a crock pot or slow cooker, then you’re definitely no stranger to just how helpful it can be on a busy day when you want a warm cooked meal but you have to be out at work and other obligations. We’re always making ourselves delicious savoury dishes in ours, but sometimes we find ourselves lamenting that we don’t have time to do more baking and homemade dessert making alongside our cooking. That thought lead us to looking up about as many mouthwatering sweet dishes that can be made in slow cookers too! It had never occurred to us that crock pots could be used to make desserts but, the moment we had the thought, we were hooked on the idea.
Just in case you love the idea of making awesome slow cooker desserts just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best and most unique ideas, flavour combinations, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Crock pot peanut butter cup cake
Peanut butter lovers rejoice, the very first delicious recipe we found for crock pot desserts and simply couldn’t pass up is one for you! This tutorial from Cookies & Cupcakes walks you step by step through the process of making a delicious crock pot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cake that tastes particularly great topped with ice cream, mini cups, and chocolate sauce!
2. Tropical bananas foster
If you’re going to make a whole dessert for your family in the crock pot or slow cooker, would you rather make something they haven’t likely had recently? Perhaps you’re looking for a more fruit based dessert because it’s finally springtime! In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how My Recipes used their crock pot to make this tropical bananas foster topped with ice cream and sweet fruit.
3. Slow cooker fudgy S’more cake
Were you very intrigued indeed by the idea of of making an entire cake in your slow cooker, particularly if it’s a chocolate cake, but you’re just not sure that peanut butter is really what your family likes best? Then take a look at this delicious recipe from Betty Crocker instead! They show you how to make a fantastic fudgy S’more cake with that they topped with yummy graham crackers and a bit of marshmallow drizzle.
4. Slow cooker spiced pear bread pudding
Rather than making something rich and chocolatey or quite as sweet in the fruit department as you saw before, would you rather make a fruit based dessert that has a slightly more spiced taste, since that’s your favourite kind? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Snappy Gourmet used their slow cooker to make this fantastic spiced pear bread pudding.
5. Slow cooker blueberry dump cake
If you’ve never made a “dump cake” before, where you combine your key ingredient (which is usually the thing you like the most) with whatever complementary things you already happen to have in your fridge and freezer, then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something fun! Take a look at Lettuce Never Squash Our Love to learn how they made their very own blueberry dump cake nice and easily in their slow cooker.
6. Slow cooker hot fudge sundae
Of course, you won’t be making the chilly ice cream part of your hot fudge sundae in the slow cooker, naturally, but if you’re the kind of sundae lover who adores them best when they come with brownies then we’re pleased to tell you that you’re in luck! My Mommy Style has a whole recipe that walks you through the process of making a hot fudge sundae with a delicious and wonderfully easy slow cooker brownie component.
7. Slow cooker brownie pudding cake
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about brownies made in the slow cooker because those are your absolute favourite dessert, but you’re always open to putting a fun spin on the things you love? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how My Recipes made this rich and super yummy slow cooker brownie pudding cake that is a perfect blend of all three of thing treats it sounds like, all at once.
8. Slow cooker praline dip
Cakes and puddings of various kinds aren’t the only things you can make in the slower cooker, of course! Just in case you’re more of a dessert dip kind of person, here’s a recipe that’s practically good enough to make your mouth water before you’ve even gathered the ingredients. Check out how Tammi Lee Tips made this slow cooker praline dip that’s great on booth cookies and fruit.
9. Slow cooker raspberry-blueberry cobbler
Did we actually pique your attention pretty well when we started talking about slow cooker desserts that involve blueberries but you’re the kind of treat enthusiast who likes to have options? Then here’s another yummy blueberry idea for your consideration. We’re obsessed with this fragrant and delicious recipe from Chef in Training that shows you how to make a raspberry-blueberry cobbler in the crock pot!
10. Yummy crock pot banana bread
Maybe you’re actually the kind of sweet treat enthusiast who has always preferred loaves and sweet breads to richer things like cakes and puddings? In that case, we have a feeling this recipe from Crock Pot Ladies might actually be a little more up your alley. Check out how they used their slow cooker to make a delicious banana bread with a delectable texture.
11. Slow cooker chocolate peppermint pretzel clusters
Are you the kind of person who loves to collect seasonal recipes and ideas even when you’re nowhere near the holiday they’re meant for, just so you’re prepared by the time it rolls around? Perhaps you’re just a treat lover who will eat any kind of recipe any time of year because you like it! Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at these slow cooker chocolate peppermint pretzel clusters if you’re someone who adores mint flavours. Get more details for making them on A Little Claireification.
12. Slow cooker Nutella crunch cheesecake
Maybe your absolute favourite kind of dessert has always been cheesecake and you’ve actually been scrolling through our list crossing your fingers and hoping for something that will help you make one in your slow cooker? Then we’re pleased to inform you that your patience has paid off! Take a look at Snappy Gourmet to learn how this incredibly smooth tasting Nutella crunch cheesecake was made.
13. Slow cooker chocolate candy
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about making the peppermint pretzel treats because you’ve always loved simple, homemade chocolate candies that have a bit of crunch to them, but you’re not sure those are quite what you’re craving? Well, if nuts are something you enjoy and can safely eat, we have a feeling these mouthwatering and wonderfully simple slow cooker chocolate candies outlined step by step on Food Network might be right up your alley!
14. Decadent slow cooker hot chocolate
In our house, one of the most popular sweet treats we could possibly make for our kids, particularly when the weather is still chilly, isn’t actually a snack that they’d actually eat at all! Our family is completely obsessed with hot chocolate. That’s why we were so excited to come across this fantastically creamy and smooth slow cooker hot chocolate recipe outlined step by step on Dinner at The Zoo!
15. Slow cooker homemade apple cider
Did we really catch your attention well when we started talking about sweet slow cooker drinks that are still a treat but give you an alternative to making rich and heavy desserts, but even hot chocolate is still a little too rich for you? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how As Easy as Apple Pie made this amazing slow cooker apple cider that’s more low maintenance than the traditional kind and technique but tastes just as good!
Do you have another favourite slow cooker recipe for something sweet and delicious that you love making but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it and share the instructions and ingredients in the comments section so we can try it out too!