I love a sprawling smorgasbord of sweets to round out the Turkey Day feast, although I'm the first to admit that it can be hard to get even one dessert made when there's a big old bird occupying the oven. That's why these Thanksgiving Crock-Pot desserts can make putting together multi-dish meal easier. When the kitchen is in chaos, it's nice knowing that dessert is taken care, thanks to the slow cooker.
If you're the one hosting Thanksgiving, this "relaxing" day of togetherness can actually feel pretty darn stressful. Even for someone who knows their way around the kitchen, it can be a serious challenge trying to get the mains, the sides, and eventually the desserts, all done at the appropriate times. But it can be done with the some planning and the help of some small appliances like slow cookers and pressure cookers. Let the little countertop beasts take care of the sweets, and you'll have one less thing to sweat over on T-Day.
All of the desserts below are total crowdpleasers and since they can be made in a Crock-Pot, they're hostess-friendly too. From pumpkin dump cake to hot fudge turtle brownies, these Crock-Pot desserts prove that sweets reign supreme on Thanksgiving.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake
It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some pumpkin, and this slow cooker pumpkin cake recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen definitely checks that box. Although it's called "cake", it has a gooey consistency similar to bread pudding. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it's sure to become a new Thanksgiving favorite.
Slow Cooker Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin usually dominates Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you can't serve another orange veggie as dessert. This slow cooker carrot cake recipe from Mom On Time Out is so moist, and thanks to the applesauce, carrots, pineapples, and coconut it calls for, one might even consider it healthy.
If your guests are maxed out from the big meal, offering them bite-size morsels is a winning dessert strategy. This slow cooker candy recipe from Cookies & Cups includes all kinds of melted candies, like toffee bits, chocolate chips, white chocolate bark, even some Nutella.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding
In my house, the debate is always between pumpkin pie or pecan pie. With this delectable slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding from The Gunny Sack, you get the best of both worlds. Serve it with warm caramel sauce, and your taste buds will do a happy dance.
Slow Cooker Chocolate & Mint Aero Bubble Cake
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
If your guests a clambering for an authentic autumn treat, look no further than this scrumptious Crock-Pot pumpkin pecan cobbler recipe from Moms With Crockpots. It perfectly marries the pumpkin and pecan flavors tastebuds crave this time of year.
Slow Cooker Blueberry Peach Cobbler
I love a Thanksgiving dessert recipe that's fruity because I can almost convince myself that it's healthy! This warm, sweet, bubbly blueberry and peach slow cooker cobbler recipe from Kristine's Kitchen is divine. Plus, you can really use any kind of berry — if you want, sub in raspberries, strawberries, or even cherries.
Slow Cooker Cheesecake
If you have never attempted to make Cheesecake (a seemingly sensitive dessert) before, making it in the bottom of your slow cooker is a safe way to pull it off. The best part is, you don’t need a springform pan or a water bath for it to come out perfectly. A Spicy Perspective shares this simple recipe for a classic slow cooker cheesecake that's pretty much foolproof.
Pumpkin Spice Rice Pudding
Crock-Pot Cinnamon Strawberry Applesauce
Inside BruCrew Life’sCrock-Pot cinnamon strawberry applesauce calls for only three ingredients (apples, strawberries, and cinnamon candies), which is a minimalist’s dream when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert. Not everyone is into rich, heavy treats that are traditionally served at the end of a Thanksgiving feast, and this is an option for those who want something light and sweet.
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