28 Crockpot Recipes Perfect For The Christmas Holidays

Cooking the feast that is Christmas dinner is already enough trouble as it is. Bring in hungry loved ones, excited little ones running around, and of course a mug of eggnog and you have one rather dicey Christmas cooking plan. 

Crockpot recipes make life super easy. Utilizing a crockpot has the advantage of being set and forgotten.

28 Crockpot Recipes Perfect For The Christmas Holidays

You can pop all of your ingredients in your crockpot and let the magic happen as you get started on other recipes or spend time with loved ones. 

 If that thought excites you, stay reading to learn about other Christmas meals you can make in your slow cooker. We have over 25 comforting Christmas recipes that can all be made in the crockpot for your convenience. 

Check them out below!

1. Crockpot Glazed Ham

This recipe requires a large crockpot in order to fit the ham. But once you find one, you are never going to go back. Easily feed your family and have enough for leftovers with this Crockpot Glazed Ham recipe. 

With a glaze of brown sugar, honey, water, Dijon mustard, and whole cloves, this recipe is perfect as a meal anytime throughout the holidays! And is large enough to serve large crowds. 

2. Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

No Christmas feast is complete without creamy, flavorsome mashed potatoes. Forget having to boil your potatoes on the stove, shove them in the crockpot and watch as they turn into this delicious side dish. 

Season however you wish, just don’t forget that essential knob of butter on top for serving. You can also keep them warm in the crockpot until you are ready to serve!

3. Crockpot Glazed Carrots

Carrots are a hard vegetable to perfect. Especially at Christmas when everyone is judging your cooking. Wow your judges with these Crockpot Glazed Carrots. 

Cooked over a course of 4 hours, they come out tender, sweet, and utterly delicious. With a brown sugar and cinnamon glaze, you may find yourself pulling out the crockpot every week.

This sweet twist on traditional carrots is sure to have everyone’s approval. Even the kids! 

4. Crockpot Chocolate Pudding Cake

Deciding what to have for dessert at Christmas is one of life’s hardest decisions. This Crockpot Chocolate Pudding Cake makes it simple and is sure to turn out delicious every time. 

Warm chocolate cake with hot fudge pudding underneath that miraculously bakes up. Nothing sounds better. 

What makes it even more special? It’s simple enough that even the kids can make it! Let them take care of dessert while you focus on getting that turkey cooked to perfection. 

5. Crockpot Turkey Breast

If you enjoy a traditional Christmas meal then this recipe is for you. Since the turkey breast is boneless, you don’t have to worry about cutting it because it is so juicy and tasty.

Simply make your marinade of butter,kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, thyme, paprika, and turmeric, lather it on the turkey, pop in the crockpot and let it cook. 

Christmas has never been easier or tasted better. 

6. Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be a difficult vegetable to get right. Either they are over done or often still hard on the inside. Not what you want to be serving at the Christmas dinner. 

Crockpot Sweet Potatoes will turn out fluffy, soft, and delicious every time. With only 5 minutes prep time this is the perfect recipe for preparing on Christmas morning and enjoying for dinner. 

This recipe also makes a delicious weeknight meal that is healthy and full of flavor. 

7. Crockpot Gingerbread Pudding

Nothing makes the house smell like the holidays like gingerbread. Whether you enjoy making gingerbread houses with the kids or baking to your heart’s content. 

This Crockpot Gingerbread Pudding recipe is perfect for entertaining guests throughout the holiday season and enjoying as a sweet treat after a hard year. 

Enjoy with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and relax as you indulge in the warmth of this Crockpot Gingerbread Pudding. 

8. Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon rolls are perfect any time of year for any occasion. How could you possibly make them better? Well, this Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe does just that. 

Warm cinnamon buns and juicy apple pieces fill this Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole in the crockpot. It’s the ideal simple Christmas morning breakfast!

Finish with a simple sugar icing glaze and you have a stunning breakfast or dessert. We especially love this served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

9. Crockpot BBQ Beef Brisket

Making tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket on the barbecue is simple.

This brisket recipe for the slow cooker is simple to prepare and yields excellent results. Serve the meat with your preferred sides or use it to make chopped brisket sandwiches!

All you need is a smoky BBQ sauce, beef stock, soy sauce, and a delicious seasoning rub. Marinate for at least 1 hour and let cook in the crockpot for 6-8 hours. 

When ready to serve you will be met with sticky, sweet, smoky, tender meat that is perfect for a range of meals. 

10. Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

When it comes to finishing touches this Christmas, make sure this Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce recipe is included. 

It would be much simpler to get some store-bought cranberry sauce but it will never compare to this homemade recipe. 

A blend of orange juice, fresh cranberries, cinnamon, and sugar will have your taste buds exploding and your house smelling divine. 

11. Crockpot Apple Cider

Throughout the Christmas season, a glass of Apple Cider is refreshing and warming. You can find it on the shelves of any grocery store and will be served at every Christmas party. 

Make yours stand out with this Crockpot Apple Cider. Combine unsweetened apple juice or cranberry juice, a blend of Mulling Spices, fresh orange slices, cinnamon sticks and let it simmer throughout the day. 

Serve with 2 cinnamon sticks and enjoy as everyone mingles and relaxes. You can even add a sprinkle of nutmeg for even more flavor. 

12. Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

We all love a meatball sub with rich marinara sauce. But why not add a festive twist and make this Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatball recipe. 

They make the perfect appetizer at your Christmas party and go deliciously with jalapeno poppers and mini cheese balls. 

You can make these multiple times a week for a weeknight meal or as a special treat throughout the holidays. 

13. Slow Cooker Brussel Sprouts And Cranberries

With these butternut, pecan, and cranberry Brussels sprouts in the slow cooker, the holidays will be delicious and simple.

No longer will you have to negotiate with your little ones to eat their sprouts. They will chow down happily with this gorgeous recipe. 

Prepare in the slow cooker to keep your oven free for other delicious goodies! This modern take on a holiday classic will have everyone’s plates sparkling clean. 

14. Crockpot Monkey Bread

Need a scrumptious dessert in a flash? This Crockpot Monkey Bread takes less than an hour to make and is one for the recipe book. 

In just a few minutes, you can have this warm cinnamon pull-apart bread baking in your slow cooker by using canned, refrigerated biscuit dough and a small amount of other ingredients.

Perfect for entertaining guests or as a family treat. Make sure to have wipes on hand as everyone digs in. 

15. Crockpot Stuffing

When preparing for the Christmas Day feast, you can make all of the recipes ahead of time and still have loads to do on the day. 

This Crockpot Stuffing recipe cooks while you rush around to make everything else perfect. With just a little bit of effort, you can let this recipe cook for over 4 hours until it comes together and is full of flavor. 

Christmas has never tasted so good. 

16. Slow Cooker Green Beans

Grandma’s Southern Crockpot Green Beans are always a hit, and they make the ideal quick side dish for Christmas or Thanksgiving. It’s also a superb side dish for a barbecue!

You’ll need butter, fresh green beans, fresh bacon, a yellow onion, garlic cloves, chicken broth, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, granulated sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes.

This recipe takes traditional green beans to a whole new level. Be prepared to make these on a regular basis after everyone has a bite. 

17. Crockpot Holiday Punch

The warm and flavorful Crock-Pot Holiday Punch is made with juices such as apple, cranberry, pomegranate, and orange and is infused with all the warm mulling spices.

If you want to capture the essence of the holiday spirit in a drink then this recipe is a must. Let all of the ingredients simmer on low for one to two hours until all of the flavors are blended together. 

Not quite ready to serve? Place it on warm to keep the drink at a nice temperature until you are ready to enjoy. 

18. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Once you find a good hot chocolate you can never go back. Whether it’s from your favorite coffee shop or you make it home, it is truly special to you. 

This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is ready to be the best and only hot chocolate recipe you need.

Impress your guests with a mug of this thick, rich hot chocolate recipe. That can be made and warmed in the slow cooker throughout the party. 

19. Vegetarian Slow Cooked Beans

When serving a large crowd, it can be difficult to please everyone. These slow cooked vegetarian beans are the golden ticket to a full table of smiles. 

You can take simple beans and transform them into something spectacular with this recipe. A blend of spices and sun-dried tomatoes give a rich, indulgent flavor to this dish while not being too overpowering. 

Perfect as a side dish or to keep your veggie guests full. 

20. Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

When hosting a party, having a spread of nuts, chips, and dips is customary for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. But regular cashews, peanuts, and pistachios just aren’t making the cut. 

This Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nut recipe is going to change your hosting game forever. 

Cooking a blend of almonds, pecans, shelled walnuts, and cashews in a blend of sweet spices will transform your nibbles into something truly sublime. They’ll be gone by the time dinner is served!

21. Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

While traditional cakes are delicious for Christmas dessert, a refreshing option is always welcomed. This Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pear recipe is warming, refreshing, and delicious with every bite. 

Soft, slow cooked pears topped with a chocolate ganache, pine nuts, and fresh berries. You can already taste it on your tongue. 

Add whipped cream and serve for everyone to enjoy. Don’t be tight with the whipped cream!

22. Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip

If there is one way to make sure that everyone eats their broccoli, it is to smother it in cheese sauce. And this Broccoli Cheese Dip recipe does just that. 

Cooked and kept warm in the microwave, this dip is perfect for chips or as a sauce to cover your potatoes and sprouts. 

We recommend both! Use half at dinner to smother those veggies then the rest as a late night snack with chips and breadsticks!

23. Cheesy Slow Cooked Corn

Corn is an essential part of any Christmas dinner. Whether they are prepared simply with some salt and butter or with an added flare. This Cheesy Slow Cooked Corn recipe adds another layer to corn that makes them truly delicious. 

Serve in a large bowl with a spoon and let everyone dig in! 

24. Slow Cooked Stuffed Apples

While it is Christmas time and everyone is enjoying indulging in their favorite foods, we still have to think about our health. This Slow Cooked Stuffed Apple recipe is the perfect blend of indulgence and health. 

Well as close to health as you can get this Christmas. Apples are cooked until soft and tender then stuffed with chewy pecans and drizzled in a caramel sauce. 

25. Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

Tired of turkey and chicken at Christmas? Make this Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy for something new, rich, and tasty. 

Serve with all of your favorite sides!

26. Crockpot Split Pea Soup

In need of a delicious appetizer this Christmas period? This Crockpot Split Pea Soup recipe is healthy, comforting, and perfect for freezing and reheating when needed. 

Serve on Christmas, freeze the leftovers and have as a quick meal on New Year’s Day!

27. Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

Throughout the Christmas season we are all busy. Attending parties, shopping, and working! Make these easy Crockpot Chicken Pot Pies for a quick, stunning dish that will be ready and waiting when you come home. 

Chicken chunks with plenty of vegetables and a creamy sauce are topped with fluffy biscuits. 

Store the chicken and veg filling in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for a quick meal throughout the week!

28. Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

If you want to avoid mashed potatoes, try scalloped potatoes.

This creamy and cheesy dish is simple to prepare because the crockpot handles all the cooking for you.

Perfect for freeing up space in the oven while producing something delicious, creamy, and mouth watering. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can The Slow Cooker Be On For 12 Hours?

As long as you follow all the directions and the manufacturer’s instructions, it is completely safe to leave your slow cooker on overnight, if you’re away from home, or if you’re at work all day.

Slow cookers are designed to be left to cook for extended periods of time.

Can You Leave Food In A Slow Cooker Overnight?

Most appliances will turn themselves off after around 20 hours, but you shouldn’t cook food in a slow cooker for an extended period of time.

The maximum amount of time you should leave food in a slow cooker on warm is often two to four hours.

Final Thoughts 

Christmas is both a relaxing and stressful time. Especially when it comes to cooking dinner. Whether you cook for your family or host Friendsmas, having people judge your food can be daunting. 

Make sure you get good reviews all round with these crockpot recipes! With a little bit of prep you can place it in your crockpot and let it cook while you finalize everything else. 

Check them out above and watch as everyone cleans their plates and even goes back for more!

28 Crockpot Recipes Perfect For The Christmas Holidays

28 Crockpot Recipes Perfect For The Christmas Holidays

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Christmas dinner just got so much easier with a crockpot. Check out our 28 crockpot recipes that are delicious and perfect for the Christmas holidays.

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