The next time you’re craving muffins, bread, or coffee cake, step away from the oven and use your crockpot instead. It may seem untraditional, but using a slow cooker to make your baked goods garners delicious results, requires very little preparation, and prevents you from being tied to your stove. Once you take a look at these six slow-cooker recipes, you won’t be able to imagine making your baked goods any other way.
1. Crockpot Raspberry Blueberry Muffins
The preparation behind these crockpot raspberry blueberry muffins is simple. Mix your ingredients, place them in the slow cooker, and you’re free to walk away from the kitchen for 2½ to 3 hours while your muffins bake. Three sweet ingredients — blueberries, raspberries, and chocolate chips — and a sugar coating create muffins you’ll crave morning, noon, and night.
Before baking these muffins, make sure you have tin foil and muffin cups on hand. Laying tin foil down allows you to stack your muffins, so you can fit more in your slow cooker. Don’t be alarmed if your finished product has a flatter-than-normal top. Crock-Pot Ladies notes that “the one thing I am discovering about making muffins in the crock is they will not have that ‘crown’ you may be used to.” This recipe was adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.
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2. Crockpot Glazed Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Spend a leisurely weekend morning preparing crockpot glazed cinnamon coffee cake. Mix your streusel ingredients, blend your batter, and spoon ½ of it into your slow cooker. Sprinkle it with ½ of the cinnamon-sugar mix, and then repeat the same step with the remaining batter and streusel. Your coffee cake needs 1¾ to 2 hours to bake, so you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the cinnamon-sugar scents wafting through your home.
Smashed Peas and Carrots says “this coffee cake turned out so moist and the cinnamon flavor was just right, not too much and not too little. And the icing glaze…do I really have to say…it makes it even better.” Be sure to keep an eye on your cake toward the end of its baking time. Over-baking can result in crispy, burnt edges, so you’re better off taking it out a touch early rather than too late.
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3. Crockpot Sandwich Bread
Pass on preservative-riddled, store-bought bread, and instead prepare crockpot sandwich bread, which only requires seven ingredients: active-dry yeast, water, butter, milk, sugar, salt, and flour. MOMables promises this recipe won’t disappoint. “When I first heard of this concept, my mind was blown. To be quite honest, I was actually rather skeptical until I tried it myself. The results were absolutely amazing! The bread came out so soft, even the crust, which was probably the best part.”
If you prefer whole-wheat bread over white, you can use up to 50% white whole-wheat flour when preparing this recipe. Avoid using regular whole-wheat flour as the bread won’t rise as well. If you’re planning to use this bread for sandwiches, we suggest leaving as is. But if you want to use it as a dinner side or pair it with soup, you can make it crustier by putting the loaf under the broiler for a few minutes prior to serving. No matter what variation you choose, it’s guaranteed to turn out great!
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4. Crockpot Parmesan Garlic Quick Bread
No pasta dinner should be without crockpot parmesan garlic quick bread. Baking mix, egg whites, milk, onion, garlic salt, and cheese are all you need to make this dish. Mix your ingredients together, sprinkle with cheese, pour your mix into the crockpot, cook on high for one hour, and voilà! You’ll have a warm, cheese-filled quick bread to serve alongside your dinner.
One Crazy Cookie has a few words of wisdom for anyone preparing this dish. It’s “light, moist and everyone loved it. The only issue I had was getting it out of the crock pot. I needed to use a bigger spatula. Note: Spray the crock pot well with the cooking spray.” Nothing will please your palate more than enjoying a slice of this warm, gooey bread!
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5. Crockpot Blueberry Cinnamon-Swirl Banana Bread
Making Kitchen Tested’s bread is nearly effortless. “What I love about making this banana bread in a crock pot is that I can set it and forget about it for 2 hours. I can leave my house to run some errands and not worry about being back 45 minutes later to take the cake out of the oven.”
Convenience isn’t the only thing this bread has going for it either. The bananas, berries, and warm spices give it irresistibly sweet flavors you’ll enjoy eating any time of the day. To remove your bread from the crockpot, slide a butter knife around its edges. Once it’s loose, cover the crockpot with a cooling rack, flip it, and it should slide out easily. For the ultimate pairing, slather your bread in AllRecipes.com’s brown sugar-cinnamon butter.
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6. Amazing Crockpot Caramel Sweet Rolls
Amazing crockpot caramel sweet rolls are perfect for any occasion. The Better Baker says “this is a wonderful recipe for brunch, or in the evening for a special treat … or for a busy holiday morning!” Basic baking ingredients, including brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and refrigerated biscuits, are all you need to prepare this recipe, which was adapted from Table for Seven.
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together, separate the biscuits, dip them in melted butter, and coat them with the brown sugar mixture. Place your rolls in the crockpot, and cook on high for 1 to 1½ hours. After they’ve cooled, be sure to cover them with a sugary-sweet glaze before serving. Your tastebuds won’t be disappointed!
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