Christmas with the Crock-pot: 22 Slow Cooker Recipes + a Few More Ideas for Feasting

27 Crock-pot Christmas Recipes with More Ideas

**updated 12/14

Crock-pot Christmas Recipes with More Ideas

Someone said to me they are having their big Christmas celebration this weekend and was talking about how it might get crazy for me in a couple of weeks.  Honestly, at this point, I don’t know if I am hosting Christmas or not this year, or where we will be, but the thought of hosting Christmas didn’t scare me at all because I have a weapon, or actually five weapons now…my crock-pots.

Slow Cooker Days

Seriously, if you know me, you know how much I love the slow cooker.  I love how the crock-pot completely reduces my stress level, especially during the holidays.  I just love how you can throw real, whole food into the crock-pot and come out with a great meal, desserts, beverages, sides and the like.  It reduces the need for the oven, freeing up valuable real estate during crazy big feasting times.

I put together a list of recipes that might be good for Christmastime and other different celebrations and parties.  This list includes 22 slow cooker recipes along with 16 other recipes.  Some are conventional recipes and others are inspirations for a different kind of holiday celebration.   Consider borrowing a crock-pot if you need more.  They are so portable and make cooking so much easier! 22 Crock-pot Christmas Recipes

Here are some Christmas beverage ideas you can keep going in your crock-pot all day.

Christmas Beverage Ideas:

Kid-Friendly Crock-pot Wassail

Crock-pot Wassail

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider Creamy Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate, Dairy-free, Vegan

Crock-pot Hot Chocolate


Want to get away from the normal chips and dip?

Healthier Christmas Appetizer Ideas:

Crock-pot or Not, Low Carb Parmesan Zucchini Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Parmesan Zucchini Turkey Meatballs

Raw Vegan 3 Ingredient Lara Bar Ball Recipe

Lara Bar Balls Yogurt Honey Fruit Dip

Yogurt Fruit Dip @ Hummus Dip with Veggies

Easy Hummus @

Need some Christmas Breakfast ideas?  All the breakfast ideas (except the smoothies) can be prepared before the big day, and the smoothies below would make a great quick Christmas breakfast treat, leaving time to prepare the feast.

Christmas Breakfast Ideas:

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread (oven-baked option)

Crock-pot Monkey Bread

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cookie

Crock-pot Breakfast Cobbler

Crock pot Breakfast Cobbler

Slow Cooker Vegetable & Egg Casserole

Slow Cooker Overnight Cheesy Egg and Vegetable Casserole

Crock-Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Overnight crock-pot Steel Cut Oats Homemade Crock-Pot Yogurt Recipe

Crock-pot Yogurt with Granola Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls, Dairy-Free Option, Egg-Free

Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Baked Sourdough Donuts Recipe

Sourdough Doughnut, Vegan opt. Pecan Pie Smoothie Recipe

Pecan Pie Smoothie with Pecans Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

Apple Pie Smoothie with Granola

Green Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Smoothie with Zest

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie or Thickie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Vegan

Banana & Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie Recipe

Banana Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie

Christmas Side Ideas:

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic in the Crock-pot or Not to use as a healthier, real food, I ingredient substitute for butter

Garlic Roasted in the Slow Cooker

Crock-pot Homemade (Sourdough) Bread Recipe

Crock-pot Bread Crock-pot Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Crock-pot Stuffing or Dressing

Slow Cooker Stuffing 4 Ingredient Sourdough Rolls, Dairy Free, Egg Free

Sourdough Rolls, Vegan

Easy Crock-pot Cranberry Orange Sauce

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Crock-pot Apple Butter

Big Green Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

Lemony Vinaigrette

Festive Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

Some people like the traditional turkey or ham at Christmas.  Others like to go a little more unconventional….

Christmas Main Dish Ideas:

Easy Crock-Pot Ham

Crock-pot Christmas Ham

No Boil Crock-pot Lasagna

Crock-pot Lasagna with Dripping Cheese Crock-pot Risotto with Citrus Prawns, Asparagus, & Bell Pepper Recipe

Crock-pot Risotto with Citrus Prawns, Asparagus, & Bell Peppers Crock-pot or Not Caprese Pizza Recipe

Crock-Pot Pork Roast Recipe

Crock-pot Pork Roast

Healthier Crock-pot Meatballs Recipe

Healthier Crock-pot Meatballs

Easy Crock-Pot Turkey

Crock-pot Turkey

Here are some Christmas dessert ideas for your consideration:

Crock-pot or Not Blackberry Apple Crisp, Gluten Free Option

Blackberry Apple Crisp in the Crock-pot

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie, D-F, Egg-Fr, V

Easy Crock-pot Apple Sauce

Easy Crock-pot Apple Sauce Crock-pot Brownies

Crock-pot Brownie, Vegan opt. oven opt.

2 or 3 Ingredient Chocolate Nut Clusters

2 Ingredient Chocolate Nut Clusters Pumpkin Creamy “Cheesecake” Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Pumpkin Bread Recipe in the Crock-Pot or Not

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread Sliced No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bite Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bite

Crock-pot White Chocolate Candy

Slow Cooker White Chocolate Peppermint Candies

What are you making for Christmas?  Do you have any tradition foods you prepare in the crock-pot?  Have a blessed Christmas season!

For more Crock-pot inspiration, follow my Cookin’ with the Crock-pot Board on Pinterest: Cookin' w the crock-pot Screen Shot

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  1. says

    I love this collection of recipes! I can’t wait to add some to my holiday rotation. I really enjoy sharing real food with my family (or trying to!) all the time but especially around the holidays.

  2. says

    These look like some great recipes!! I’m inspired to go make some cider now for my husband when he gets home and I’m definitely going to check out the steel cut oats recipe. It sounds like it might be easier than my current routine. I’m here from Pennywise Platter

  3. says

    WOW! What a beautiful post – love your adorable collage too. There’s something for everyone here. Thanks for all the time it took to put this together…and for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a blessed Christmas season!

  4. says

    Thank you for stopping in and sharing your tasty recipes with our readers at Bowdabra’s Crafty Showcase. We love seeing your projects each week. Stop in and see which blogs are featured on Friday and to link up more of your goodies on Sat-Thur.

    Happy New Year, Susie @Bowdabra

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