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If you love frosted cookies and Christmas cakes, slow-cooker holiday desserts may not seem like the best idea. I mean, if there’s any time to go all-out on fancy dessert, it’s the holidays. Decorating Christmas cookies, putting together a gingerbread house, and soaking fruitcake with rum are all super festive ways to spend an evening—not to mention, they tend to yield delicious results.
That said, there comes a point—probably sometime in mid-December—when you can’t bear to roll out another ball of sugar cookie dough, or pipe another line of frosting. When that point hits, you’re going to want to have these slow-cooker holiday desserts bookmarked and ready to go.
Whether you love rich chocolate cake or see yourself as more of a fruit crisp person, there’s something here for you. All of the recipes are guaranteed easy and delicious, and can be made ahead of time for stress-free holiday party prep.
So, what are you waiting for? Add one (or all) of these 11 slow-cooker holiday desserts to your December to-do list.
Chocolate Lava Cake
A chocolate lava cake might make people happy any time of year—but it makes for a particularly perfect easy holiday dessert.
Christmas pudding may be iffy, but gingerbread pudding is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This one comes out perfectly textured, thanks to being gently slow-cooked.
Pecan Christmas Fudge
Make a batch of pecan Christmas fudge for a post-dinner treat, or give it out as an easy, tasty, inexpensive hostess gift.
Seize the end of apple season with this healthy-ish—but still absolutely sweet and yummy—apple crisp.
Hot Fudge Turtle Brownies
These hot fudge turtle brownies are so gooey they’re almost pudding!
Boozy Salted Caramel Fudge
Want an easy make-ahead option that will obviously pair well with after-dinner drinks? Boozy salted caramel fudge is the answer.
You really can’t go wrong with a sweet classic like caramel cake.
Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding
This apple-walnut bread pudding comes out super fancy, and is a great way to use up any days-old bread you have lying around.
You’ll need a brûlée torch to finish off these beauties, but everything else about these simple, individual creme brûlée happens in the slow cooker.
4-Ingredient Coconut Cake
I don’t know if coconut cake is a part of your holiday tradition, but it’s definitely a part of mine.
Cranberry and Vanilla Steamed Pudding
Finish on a lighter note with this cranberry and vanilla steamed pudding, which is perfectly dense and gets a bit of tang from the fruity topping.