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25 Holiday Appetizers, Side Dishes, and Desserts You Can Make in a Crockpot

I’m so excited to share these holiday crockpot recipes with you.  They’re healthy, delicious, and so easy to make!

I love my crockpot and use it all the time during the week. I’m willing to spend a little more time making special holiday dishes, but I always make a crockpot recipe or two when we’re going to someone else’s house. They’re easy to make and transport. (My favorite crockpot has a locking lid, but you can use two pieces of packing tape to secure the lid in a pinch.) Plus, they don’t take up space in the oven.

My parents are hosting Thanksgiving this year so I promised to bring mac ‘n cheese and spiced butternut squash soup in my crockpots (recipes #8 and #25 below).  I thought you might like to use your crockpot too, so I put together a list of my favorite crockpot recipes that are perfect for the holidays.

What’s so great about these holiday crockpot recipes?

  • They don’t take up space in the oven.
  • They’re mostly healthy.
  • They’re delicious! (I tried most of them myself.)

Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe25 Holiday Appetizers, Side Dishes, and Desserts You Can Make in a Crockpot

  1. Cranberry Sauce (Only two ingredients plus water!)
  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip
  3. Cocktail Meatballs (My mom makes these every year and they’re so good)
  4. Ultra Creamy Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Peas and Saffron
  5. Spinach Artichoke Dip from Gimme Some Oven
  6. Mashed Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman (I think white or golden potatoes are creamier than Russet)
  7. Sweet Potatoes
  8. The best-ever Mac ‘n Cheese (Transfer to crock after cooked on stovetop)
  9. Cheesy Corn Casserole from Thirty Handmade Days (Double the recipe and cook in the crock for 4-6 hours.  Add cheese 5-10 minutes before serving.)
  10. Cinnamon Applesauce
  11. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts from Damn Delicious
  12. Butternut Squash
  13. Green Bean Casserole from Crystal and Co.
  14. Vegetable Cheese Bake from Food.com (Not healthy, but delicious)
  15. Apple Cider from Allrecipes (Add some spiced rum and cut back on the brown sugar)
  16. Easy Apple Crisp
  17. Hazelnut Pudding Cake from Better Homes and Gardens (5 stars)
  18. Cheesecake from Crock-Pot Ladies (Cook overnight and cool during the day)
  19. Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Simply Stacie
  20. Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower from Sweet Peas and Saffron
  21. Hot Crab Dip from Living Well Spending Less
  22. Cinnamon Biscuits from Money Saving Mom
  23. Classic Stuffing from Peas and Crayons
  24. Pear and Sausage Stuffing from Pinch of Yum
  25. Spiced Sweet Potato Soup (Also great with butternut squash)

Click the links above for detailed cooking instructions, but I think most recipes will cook perfectly in 4-6 hours on low.

Easy Crockpot Apple Crisp RecipeThoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  xoxo, Kelly

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