Put your slow cooker to work helping you create a Christmas feast that’s delicious and stress free. You’ll find inspiration to help you make entrees, sides, desserts and more with these smart and efficient recipes that use a slow cooker to help cook for the holidays. You’ll find classics as well as up-leveled traditional recipes that take advantage of a crockpot’s slow cooking abilities.


From turkey and ham to potatoes and Brussels sprouts, you’ll find delectable ways to make your cooking tasks easier. Apple cider, pumpkin desserts and even appetizers are all recipes that can be made in a slow cooker. Start planning your menu now with these slow cooker recipes that are perfect for Christmas and the rest of the holidays.

Slow cooker Christmas recipes

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20 Slow Cooker Christmas Recipes


Crock Pot Stuffing by The Country Cook
Cubed bread stuffing gets a savory twist with the addition of Italian sausage. It’s all mixed with onion, celery, sage, marjoram and more. It’s kept moist with chicken stock as it slowly simmers away in your crock pot. Start it on the stove top to brown the sausage and soften the veggies before adding it to your appliance. It’s ready in under 4 hours and is perfect to serve right from the crock pot.

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes by The Busy Baker
Rustic and amazingly seasoned with garlic, these mashed potatoes will be gobbled up quickly on your Christmas table. Peeled and chopped potatoes, along with chicken stock, butter, garlic and salt and pepper are cooked to tenderness before being mashed and whipped to creaminess with milk and sour cream. It’s an easy way to infuse potatoes with outrageous flavor.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce by Wonky Wonderful
Sweetly tart and bursting with fresh cranberries and the sunny and sweet flavor of orange, this simple slow cooker version of cranberry sauce is always a Thanksgiving favorite but is also wonderful for your Christmas table. With minimal ingredients and hardly any effort, you just dump the yumminess into the slow cooker, set it and walk away. You’ll love this cranberry sauce warm or cold. It’s perfect for meal prepping since it keeps in the fridge for 4-5 days. .

Slow Cooker Turkey from Cafe Delites
A thawed small turkey can be basted with a succulent garlic, herb and butter glaze while it cooks to perfection thanks to your slow cooker. This is a great way to cook a turkey while freeing up your oven for other Thanksgiving or Christmas food. If you want a crispy browned skin, just stick it under the broiler before slicing and serving.

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole by Persnickety Plates
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a green bean casserole, and here, you can let you slow cooker do the work of turning it into a crowd-pleasing side dish. Fresh green beans along with a homemade creamy and smoky bacon-infused sauce slowly cook to tender perfection. Toward the end, top it all with fried onions for that classic crunchy finish.

Slow Cooker Candied Yams from Cooked By Julie
Almost a dessert, these candied yams can be easily made in your slow cooker. Sweet potatoes are sliced and covered with a mixture of honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. As they cook, the sweet mixture caramelizes, making these an irresistible side item on your holiday table.

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham by Flavor The Moments
This festive ham is full of autumn flavors with a delectable maple glaze. This recipe is perfect for a boneless spiral sliced ham. The glaze is a sweet and savory mixture of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, orange juice, and bourbon, which is optional. Pour the glaze over the ham and slow cook for 3 hours, basting every now and then. It’s a delicious and easy way to cook ham for Thanksgiving or Christmas .

Cranberry Meatballs from Dinner At The Zoo
Appetizers have never been easier or more seasonal than with these meatballs that are slow cooked in a cranberry mixture. Just add orange juice, brown sugar, cranberry sauce along with the frozen meatballs and let them cook to tenderness in about 3 hours in your crock pot. They’re so easy and perfect as a starter course for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Crockpot Butternut Squash Oatmeal by Amanda’s Cookin
The perfect way to start Thanksgiving or Christmas is with a hearty breakfast to get you through the big day. Let your crock pot make this delightful breakfast that combines seasonal butternut squash with steel cut oats, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and ginger. You can start this the night before and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours and wake up to an amazing aroma coming from the kitchen. Top with pecans and a little brown sugar and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Gouda Potatoes by Salty Side Dish
Serve a cheesy potato side dish of diced hash browns smothered with 3 types of cheeses – smoky gouda, provolone and cream cream cheese. Only your slow cooker can help it reach this tender and melted texture that’s full of cheesy goodness. Top with crumbled bacon and chives for the ultimate potato and cheese dish. This is one of the slow cooker Christmas recipes!

Crockpot Brussels Sprouts by Well Plates
Let your crockpot cook those baby cabbages known as Brussels sprouts to tenderness. With the addition of dried cranberries, this side dish is on point for the holidays. Trim and cut the Brussels sprouts and toss with maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add to the crock pot and cook for about 2 hours. Stir in feta cheese and dried cranberries before serving.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider by The Stay At Home Chef
Make your own apple cider with the help of your slow cooker which will turn it into a fragrant and spiced beverage that everyone will love. Sliced apples and oranges combine with cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice before being covered with water for a 3 hours session in the slow cooker. Mashed the apples and add in sugar and cook for another 3 hours. Strain out the solids and serve this delicious apple cider to celebrate the season.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
A non negotiable item for Thanksgiving and Christmas is sweet potatoes and here, your slow cooker will do the honors of preparing this classic side dish. Sweet potatoes go in along with heavy cream, brown sugar, butter, orange juice and spices to cook to infused tenderness. Toward the end of cooking, add the marshmallows and chopped pecans for the perfect sweet and nutty finish.

Corn Casserole by Little Cooks Reading Books
A southern favorite casserole of corn is made easy with this slow cooker version. Cans of corn are mixed with eggs, cream cheese, sour cream and corn meal and cooked to creamy perfection. It’s an easy side dish that’s always a hit on the holiday table.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Walnut Bread Pudding by Savory Nothings
Bread pudding goes festive with this cranberry and walnut infused recipe that cooks to tender sweetness in your slow cooker. Vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon help spice the bread and milk mixture. Give it 4 hours to cook before serving with a homemade caramel sauce. It’s a delicious and fragrant dessert that’s perfect for the holidays.

Cauliflower And Broccoli Casserole by Julies Eat and Treats
Cauliflower and broccoli are joined with seasonings and shredded cheese in this easy slow cooker casserole. Garlic and onion give it the needed savory flavor that makes this side dish a favorite for the holidays. For a fun crunchy topping, garnish with a buttery crushed cornflakes mixture and let it all cook for a few hours to deliciousness.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Dump Cake from Simply Stacie
Make this pumpkin dessert that’s in cake form with help of your slow cooker. Pumpkin puree is spiced and topped with a boxed cake mix with butter crumbles making it a true dump cake recipe. It’s also a dump and go recipe since you let the crock pot work its magic to turn this into a scrumptious pumpkin cake that’s perfect to serve with whipped cream on top.

Crockpot Cornbread by Cookies And Cups
Homemade cornbread made from scratch with cornmeal, milk, eggs, flour, oil and corn is slow cooked in a crock pot for maximum tastiness. You can customize the cornbread with cheese and other seasonings to pair perfectly with what you’re serving for the holidays. Simple, easy and leaves your oven free for other items.

Slow Cooker Risotto With Butternut Squash by Well Plated
Combine short grain brown rice with cubed butternut squash, and chicken broth for a tender and delicious side dish that’s all about autumn. Once the rice is cooked, stir in crumbled goat cheese and let it do its job of melting and adding additional creaminess to this dish. It’s an easy, hand-off way to deliver a side dish that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

Crock Pot Baked Apples by Julie’s Eats And Treats
Baked apples are not only the perfect autumn and Thanksgiving dessert, but they will smell amazing as they slow cook in your crock pot. Core the apples and add a delectable stuffing mixture of oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts. Let them slow cook in a little apple juice for a few hours before removing. Top with whipped cream before serving.


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  1. […] Festive Twist: If you’re serving this delicious cake during the holiday season, consider adding a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top to imitate the look of fresh fallen snow. You can also garnish the cake with a few fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary for a touch of festiveness. […]

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