20 Easter-Ready Recipes You Won't Believe You Can Make In Your Slow-Cooker

slow cooker mashed potatoes with a pat of butter, salt, and pepper

During any holiday gathering, especially one that's as food-stacked as Easter, we love busting out our favorite countertop appliance: our slow-cookers. Not only can they cook larger main dishes and roasts (like a Crockpot brown sugar glazed ham and slow-cooker pot roast) low and slow enough to yield a tender result, but they also save a whole lot of space in the oven — which means you can focus on the really important dishes (like making a double batch of Easter chick cupcakes). Be sure to check out all 20 of our favorite Easter-ready slow-cooker recipes (like main dishes, sides, and yes, dessert) that'll help you get back to those Easter egg hunts ASAP.

If you really only bust out your slow-cooker for when you need to cook a large piece of meat, it's time to discover all the amazing things your Crockpot can bring to the table. And we mean that pretty literally, as it can make basically anything you'd need for a holiday table, like creamy dips (we're big fans of this Crockpot spinach artichoke dip), side dishes (like creamy mashed potatoes), and a sweet note to end your Easter feast on (like this slow-cooker Easter egg cookie). Crockpots are also an MVP at keeping all our favorite Easter appetizers warm all day long (and aren't we all just at the party for the apps, anyways?), like slow-cooker grape jelly meatballs and Crockpot buffalo chicken dip).

Looking for more ways the slow-cooker can save the day? We have a sneaky feeling you'll love all our ultra-clever and easy slow-cooker chicken recipes, Crockpot soup recipes, and healthy slow-cooker recipes!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

After a long day of Easter prep, there's nothing quite like serving up a plate of rich, flavorful pot roast paired with hearty potatoes and sweet carrots. Plus, we decided to make this dish even easier by letting the slow-cooker do most of the work for you—you're welcome. 😎

Get the Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe.

slow cooker pot roast

Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Rich, buttery mashed potatoes are definitely in the comfort food hall of fame, making a weeknight dinner or Easter celebration feel even more cozy and indulgent. Best of all, we make our best-ever version in the slow cooker.

Get the Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe.

slow cooker mashed potatoes with a pat of butter, salt, and pepper

Crockpot Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Whether you're cooking for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just Saturday night family meal, you can make your main dish—that classic holiday ham—right in your slow cooker! Best part? This leaves plenty of room in your oven for all those sides.

Get the Crockpot Brown Sugar Glazed Ham.

crockpot brown sugar glazed ham
Parker feierbach

Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

If spinach-artichoke dip is one of those things you get really excited about at a party but you feel like it takes too much effort, this slow-cooker version is for you. Don’t bother turning on the oven (especially when you have other appetizers like pepper jelly and cream cheese bites to bake).

Get the Crock-Pot Spinach-Artichoke Dip recipe.

crockpot spinach artichoke dip

Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape jelly on meatballs might not sound like an ideal combo, but trust us, it is! The sweet jelly mixed with smoky BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven.

Get the Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe.

slow cooker grape jelly meatballs
Emily Hlavac Green

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you usually rely on your slow cooker for savory recipes, then let us introduce a game changer: a massive, shareable chocolate chip cookie in the slow cooker. This HUGE chocolate chip cookie is not only perfect for serving a crowd, but nails our ideal chocolate chip cookie texture: crisp outsides, and a melty, gooey middle.

Get the Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

large chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce on top of a white platter

Slow-Cooker Creamy Lemon Herb Chicken

By cooking low and slow, the humble chicken breast is transformed into something that melts in your mouth, making it an easy main for Easter. Lemon, herbs, and garlic infuse the chicken with loads of flavor with some cream at the end to round out the sauce.

Get the Slow-Cooker Creamy Lemon Herb Chicken recipe.

slow cooker creamy lemon herb chicken

Crockpot Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an important part of any holiday gathering, but they sure do require a lot of babysitting. Skip it all and make them in your slow cooker!

Get the Crockpot Garlicky Mashed Potatoes recipe.

mashed potatoes in a crockpot with garlic and butter

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Fact: A party is only as good as the Buffalo dip you serve. The best part? Your slow cooker will keep it warm and ready for dipping! Go all out and make a batch of homemade soft pretzels to serve with it.

Get the Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.

crockpot buffalo chicken dip

Crockpot Pork Roast

You may not normally think to turn to your slow cooker for a large, lean piece of meat, but this dish will definitely change your mind. Pork loin becomes super-tender and juicy as it cooks, and the sweet and tangy glaze on the outside seals the deal for this special occasion meal.

Get the Crockpot Pork Roast recipe.

crockpot pork roast
Ethan calabrese

Crockpot Mac & Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese is a process, but this slow-cooker mac & cheese makes cooking up the staple a breeze. Everything—including the pasta!—cooks in your crockpot. In the end you have just ONE DISH to clean.

Get the Crockpot Mac & Cheese recipe.

crockpot mac cheese
kat wirsing

Crockpot Whole Chicken

We know it sounds crazy, but you can replicate the deliciousness of a rotisserie chicken at home... in your slow cooker. To get that iconic crispy skin, add a brown sugar spice rub and do a quick broil after slow cooking to get that beautiful, caramelized finish.

Get the Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe.

crockpot whole chicken
Parker feierbach

Slow-Cooker Easter Egg Cookie

Your slow cooker is the perfect shape to make this easy Easter egg cookie, and it's great for serving to a crowd, too! Love this idea? Your slow cooker also makes a fantastic brownie, too.

Get the Slow-Cooker Easter Egg Cookie recipe.

slow cooker easter egg cookie

Brown Butter Carrots

These sweet glazed slow-cooker carrots are seriously perfect for any occasion. Trust us, you'll be happy to have this light and fresh side on hand.

Get the Brown Butter Carrots recipe.

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Jon Boulton

Slow-Cooker Brisket

Eating a perfectly cooked, tender brisket is basically the food equivalent of someone giving you a warm hug. Unfortunately, many people have been convinced that making brisket is a labor-intensive endeavor. This recipe is proves that's just not true! The trick? Let your slow cooker do all the work.

Get the Slow-Cooker Brisket recipe.

slow cooker brisket
Hearst Owned

Slow-Cooker Chex Mix

Chex Mix is the perfect snack: crunchy, savory, and really salty. Bummer that the bagged stuff never lives up to homemade. When you're making it for a crowd (which is really the only way to make it), the traditional microwave-stir method can get a little tricky. Enter the slow cooker.

Get the Slow-Cooker Chex Mix recipe.

delish slow cooker chex mix 3
Ethan Calabrese

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

This split pea soup is so simple, filling, and full of flavor. And while it's especially good for those cold winter times, this soup is so easy to throw together, it's great all year round.

Get the Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup recipe.

slow cooker split pea soup
Emily Hlavac Green

Slow-Cooker Cheesecake

We'll take any shortcut to achieving a perfectly creamy, fluffy cheesecake. Turns out, slow cookers were the real secret weapon all along!

Get the Slow-Cooker Cheesecake recipe.

slow cooker cheesecake
John komar

Slow-Cooker Crab Dip

We LOVE this dip with Ritz crackers, but slices of French bread or pita chips would also be delicious. If you’d like to go with a lighter route, sliced cucumber or celery sticks are the way to go.

Get the Slow-Cooker Crab Dip recipe.

slow cooker crab dip
Ethan calabrese

Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Also known as potatoes au gratin, this classic dish of sliced potatoes layered with cream and cheese is usually baked and served bubbling hot. Here, we’ve changed up the recipe to be cooked in a Crockpot, so you can just set 'em and forget 'em. It will free up your oven for that beautiful roasted ham.

Get the Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes recipe.

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Jon Boulton

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