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11 Crazy-Decadent Slow-Cooker Desserts

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Turns out, the same magical vessel that makes your stews and roasts so tender and flavorful can also cook fudgy brownies, fluffy cinnamon rolls, and silky cheesecakes.

Which means now you can set up your ingredients in the morning and come home to a hot meal and have your cake, too. So long as you have two slow cookers, of course.

Creme brulee
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Crème brûlée

This cool, creamy crème brûlée recipe takes only five minutes of hands-on time. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Egg yolks
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla

 

Donut bread pudding

Enjoy two desserts in one by replacing plain ol’ bread with apple cider donuts. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Cake donuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Nutmeg
S'mores cake
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S’mores cake

With a box of cake mix and a jar of 'mallows, this could not be any easier. Spoon it all up with the graham crackers! Find the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Graham crackers

 

Peach cobbler

Here is a (mostly) proper Southern cobbler, with a crisp top and cakey base. Use a paper towel in the lid to absorb excess condensation. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Peaches
  • Apple butter
  • Bourbon
  • Flour
  • Butter
Cinnamon rolls
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Cinnamon rolls

It’s hard to believe these fluffy cinnamon rolls came out of a slow cooker, but the step-by-step photos don’t lie. There’s cream cheese frosting in the recipe, too!

Key ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream cheese frosting

 

Gooey brownies

The best parts of homemade brownies are the fudgy insides and crisp edges. You didn’t know your slow cooker could do such things, huh? Learn how here.

Key ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Semisweet chocolate

Candied nuts

Just like the kind they sell on the streets, but like, with a higher sanitation threshold. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Mixed nuts

 

Sour cream cheesecake

Cheesecake cooked in a slow cooker boasts an extra-silky texture thanks to all that steam, which means you won't have to deal with any ovens and water baths! Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Cream cheese
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
Coconut hot chocolate
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Coconut hot chocolate

As if this thick-and-creamy hot chocolate weren’t indulgent enough, the recipe also suggests adding coconut whipped cream and Baileys. Get that recipe here!

Key ingredients:

  • Coconut milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coconut flakes
  • Marshmallows

 

Chocolate lava cakes

These soufflé-like cakes are rich enough for special occasions, yet easy enough to whip up on busy weeknights. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Flour
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Whiskey caramel apples

Caramel apples, calibrated for adults. The boozy sauce stays warm until the last bite! Make your own here.

Key ingredients:

  • Caramels
  • Pecans
  • Whiskey
  • Apples


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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor and now has time to make dessert every single day. Follow her at @perrysant.