Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes That Require Minimal Effort
Dessert Never Seemed So Easy
Craving a rich, gooey dessert but you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen? Here's your solution: the trusty slow cooker.
You've probably used your slow cooker to make easy weeknight stews and soups, but the slow cooker can be just as useful when it comes to whipping up delicious desserts—minus the hassle. Plus, you can generally cook a large batch at once, so you'll have dessert ready for the whole week ahead. (That is if you don't eat the whole damn thing at once because it tastes that good.)
Try these seven slow cooker desserts, and you may never turn on your oven again.
Perfect Slow Cooker Cheesecake Recipe
There's nothing as satisfying as biting into a rich, creamy slice of cheesecake. The one thing that could make it better? This homemade cheesecake is made from scratch in the slow cooker, meaning you just saved yourself tons of hands-on cooking time. While the cook time is long (five to seven hours), the prep is only 10 minutes, and then you can peace out (head to work? a workout? brunch?), knowing there will be cheesecake waiting for you.
At almost 300 calories per slice, this is more of an indulgence than a daily dessert—but it's perfect for when you want to #treatyoself.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Cheesecake Recipe
Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake
While other slow cooker desserts can take all day, this gooey chocolate cake can be on your fork in just two hours. It doesn't involve any butter or eggs, making it totally vegan-friendly, too. A tip? Mix boiling water with the cocoa powder to then pour over the cake batter before turning on the slow cooker—and do not stir it. This way, you'll get a rich, hot fudge layer on top that makes each bite more decadent. (And, if you're a chocolate fan, here are 18 other chocolate dessert recipes that are to-die-for.)
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake
Foolproof Slow Cooker Fudge Recipe
This easy vanilla fudge breaks up into bite-size squares, so it's perfect for when you need a little help with portion sizes. Each serving is under 150 calories, making it a great sweet snack or dessert that won't push you overboard. Need a dessert in a pinch? It only takes 12 minutes total to make.
Get the recipe: Foolproof Slow Cooker Fudge Recipe
Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Dessert doesn't always need to call for a fork or spoon. Sip on this dark hot chocolate plain or top it with chocolate candies, salted caramel, or even peanut butter cups. Let your sugary imagination wander. (P.S. There are even more ways to add a twist to classic hot chocolate.)
Get the recipe: Decadent Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Crock Pot Chocolate Clusters
If peanut butter and chocolate is your jam, these chocolate peanut clusters will be a dream come true. Bonus: They're bite-size for easy portion control. Keep them on hand for when you want a treat at home, or make a big batch for gifting or potluck dinners.
Get the recipe: Crock Pot Chocolate Clusters
Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake
This cherry cake is gooey and fruity, making it perfect when paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. All you have to do is dump the three ingredients in the slow cooker, and it'll be done in two to four hours, tops (depending on whether you cook on high or low heat). Word of warning: It's made with butter, cake mix, and canned cherries, so this isn't the lightest recipe.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake