Let's Plan Christmas in the Crockpot!

Barbara G.

Staff member
Theresa - I loved your post about Thanksgiving and thought it would be a great idea to do this for Christmas time! So, let's plan Christmas (or the Holiday Season) in the crockpot!! :)
If you are doing a late dinner, here is a recipe for Crockpot Monkey Bread which would be an option for an early morning dish!

What You’ll Need:

1 container Pillsbury Grands Original Biscuits {16.3 oz.}
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 stick Butter, melted
Optional: Cream Cheese, softened

What You’ll Do:

Spray inside of crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.

Melt butter in microwave safe bowl, and set aside.

Combine brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in gallon size ziploc bag, zip up, and shake well to mix together. Set aside.

Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces.

Once all pieces have been cut, take each piece one by one and dip into melted butter, then transfer into cinnamon sugar mixture bag.

Once all pieces have been added to bag, zip up and carefully shake and gently roll around so all pieces get coated.

Pour any remaining leftover butter into bottom of crockpot.

Carefully transfer all sugar coated biscuit pieces into crockpot, and spread out along the bottom.

Cook on LOW for 2.5 hours, or until done.

Optional: top with a little room temperature cream cheese for an extra added bit of deliciousness!


Source: Frugal Girls
Here is a crockpot recipe for Cranberry Chicken which may be an option for some families during the holiday!

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
1 can Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce {14 oz.}
1 pkg. Dry Onion Soup
8 oz. Kraft Catalina Dressing {Russian Dressing can be substituted}

Cook chicken in crock pot on high for 3 hours {covered}.

After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot.

Mix together catalina dressing, cranberry sauce and dry onion soup.

Pour cranberry mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes {covered}, or until done.


Source: Frugal Girls
Crockpot Cranberry Sauce


12 oz bag fresh cranberries - rinsed
½ cup orange juice
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon ginger - grated


Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on Low heat for 3 hours.

Using a wooden spoon, gently mash the cranberries until desired consistency is reached.


This is from the lemon bowl.
Here is a crockpot cranberry sauce with apples from cookincaunuck.



4 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered & sliced
1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
5 tbsp brown sugar (or more to taste)
1 tsp grated orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup chopped crystallized ginger


Place all of the apple pieces and cranberries in a large bowl and stir in brown sugar and orange zest.
Pour orange juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.
Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours, stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple slices and cranberries with a wooden spoon as they soften.
Stir in crystallized ginger. Taste and add an additional tablespoon or two of brown sugar if you find the sauce to be too tart.
Serve warm or room temperature.
I don't know how I missed this thread! Here's my LATE contribution:

Cranberry-Mustard Pork Loin

8 Servings Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours


1 boneless pork loin roast (2 pounds)

1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water


Place roast in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the cranberry sauce,

mustard, brown sugar and lemon juice; pour over roast. Cover and

cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast

and keep warm.

Strain cooking juices into a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough water to

measure 2 cups. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and cold

water until smooth; stir in cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook

and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork.

Yield: 8 servings.