21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu from 21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

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21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

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21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

While slow-cookers free up time by unchaining you from the stove, they do require more minutes cook, so head to grocery store early to beat the crowds and ensure that you have plenty of time to allow your slow-cooker recipes to develop plenty of delicious holiday flavor and spices.

Finally, holiday cooking is all about the finishing touches, so be sure to buy extra herbs, cranberries, and citrus to decorate your holiday platters to add just a touch of festivity to this delicious and no-fuss holiday meal.

For 21 holiday-ready slow-cooker recipes, check out our complete list that will take you from cocktail hour to the dessert table without so much as an extra pan.

 

Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Sausage

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Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Sausage

Start your meal with this delicious fall soup. The recipe includes a mix of Italian herbs and tomato sauce to give the final product more body and a smooth mouthfeel.

For the Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Sausage recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Candied Nuts

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Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Candied Nuts

If you’ve ever gotten in line for a cone full of street vendor nuts during Christmas, this recipe is for you. You can use any nuts you want, but the subtle sweetness of pecans and the rich flavor of almonds make for a perfect combo. — Fabiana Santana

For the Slow-Cooker Candied Nuts recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Chex Mix

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Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Chex Mix

Sure, you could buy Chex Mix, or just mix together dry cereal and call it a day. This recipe, however, will take your savory snacking to a new level. Store it in snack-sized resealable bags for on-the-go eating. Add coated candies like M&M’s for a bit of sweetness. — Fabiana Santana

For the Slow-Cooker Chex Mix recipe, click here.

Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

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Appetizer: Slow-Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

These meatballs are the perfect party food. Throw them in the slow-cooker and they’re ready when you are. Make-ahead tips: Make the meatballs and brown them ahead of time. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Mix up the sauce ahead as well and store in refrigerator. A few hours before your shower or party, put the meatballs and sauce in the Crock-Pot. — Shelby Kinnaird 

For the Slow-Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs recipe, click here.

Drink: Slow-Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider

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Drink: Slow-Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider

Warm up this holiday season with spiced apple cider. Just add the ingredients to your slow-cooker and your cider will stay warm for the whole party.

For the Slow-Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider recipe, click here.

Drink: Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy

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Drink: Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are the perfect antidote to a cold day, so nothing could be more welcoming than greeting guests with a slow-cooker full of hot toddies for them to enjoy. This recipe will completely chase any and all cold weather blues away; partly because of the enticing aroma and partly because of the alcohol. — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Hot Toddy recipe, click here.

Drink: Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

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Drink: Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

This recipe, which has a little kick of brandy in it, is perfect for a wine drinker that loves a little bit of sweet aroma and flavor in their wine bouquet. Just set the slow-cooker up and enjoy! — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine recipe, click here.

Drink: Slow-Cooker Spicy Hot Chocolate

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Drink: Slow-Cooker Spicy Hot Chocolate

This slow-cooker spicy hot chocolate recipe will add a kick to your cold day that regular hot chocolate just can’t. You can adjust the heat to your liking and if you want to make it even more adult friendly, a few shots of cinnamon schnapps will really heat things up. — Lauren Gordon

For the Slow-Cooker Spicy Hot Chocolate recipe, click here. 

Mains: Slow-Cooker Brisket

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Mains: Slow-Cooker Brisket

Enjoy the simplicity of cooking brisket in a slow-cooker, and reap the flavorful benefits at the dinner table. This recipe is simple to execute and will impress holiday guests.

For the Slow-Cooker Brisket recipe, click here.

Mains: Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham

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Mains: Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham

The secret to this traditional honey ham is the addition of ground cloves to the sweet sauce. The warm spices and sugar combine to make one delicious and stress-free Christmas dinner.

For the Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham recipe, click here.

Mains: Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

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Mains: Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Enjoy the ease of this tender pork shoulder you can make ahead to simplify Christmas cooking. Serve with a side of rice, pasta, or potatoes to complete the meal.

For the Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder recipe, click here.

Mains: Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

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Mains: Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

Want to make a wholesome whole roasted chicken for Christmas dinner, but don’t have the time to hang out basting the bird? Use your slow-cooker for a delicious roasted chicken without the hassle.

For the Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken recipe, click here.

Sides: Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

Sides: Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

Wondering what to do with all of those apples you picked up at the farmers market? Turn them into a delicious and simple side for your Christmas dinner with this recipe for apple sauce.

For the Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce recipe, click here.

Sides: Slow-Cooker Collard Greens

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Sides: Slow-Cooker Collard Greens

These flavorful greens are a Southern tradition. Enjoy the ease of cooking them in your slow-cooker or Dutch oven and devour them alongside your hearty Christmas dinner this year.

For the Slow-Cooker Collard Greens recipe, click here.

Sides: Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Sides: Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is one food that we can’t get enough of all year long. Add seasonal touches to your holiday side dish by adding sweet dried cranberries or creamy butternut squash.

For the Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

Sides: Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread

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Sides: Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread

Serve this slow-cooker pumpkin bread alongside your meal with cinnamon whipped butter. Your guests will love the autumnal touch added to their bread plate this holiday season.

For the Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread recipe, click here.

Desserts: Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake

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Desserts: Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake

Serve this rich cake with a homemade peppermint ice cream to add a little festivity and color to your Christmas dessert plate.

For the Slow-Cooker Chocolate Cake recipe, click here.

Desserts: Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Orange Cake

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Desserts: Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Orange Cake

Embrace seasonality with this cranberry and orange dessert. Your guests will love the bright and refreshing fruit flavors.

For the Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Orange Cake recipe, click here.

Desserts: Slow-Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake

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Desserts: Slow-Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake

What better way to end your Christmas dinner than with a traditional Christmas pudding made simple with your slow-cooker. Who can say no to creamy chocolate and hazelnut?

For the Slow-Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake recipe, click here.

Desserts: Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge

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Desserts: Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge

Indulge a little this Christmas with this recipe for an easy peanut butter fudge. Wrap the fudge in wax paper and send this DIY food gift home with your guest for after dinner treats.

For the Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge recipe, click here.

Desserts: Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

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Desserts: Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

Top this gooey warm turtle bread with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate for an over-the-top ending to your Christmas dinner.

For the Slow-Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread recipe, click here.

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21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu