Desserts are the crowning glory that help finish off a great meal, but there's a bit of a hot weather problem -- outside of ice cream, frozen stuff and fresh fruit, a lot of delicious recipes require you to fire up your oven or spend a ton of time you don't have laboring over the stove.
Fortunately, you can have super amazing desserts without needing to do any of this. All you need to do is pull out an old standby for busy people: a slow cooker.
With a little early planning, you can dump a bunch of stuff in there and let it cook while you enjoy your dinner and kick your feet up and relax. Next thing you know, you're all ready to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Cinnamon rolls are super tasty, but they can be a ton of work to prepare. Not so with this gorgeously tender, buttery crescent dough-based dish that takes only five minutes to prep and slow cooks for two hours.
A whole CAKE in the Crock Pot? Am I insane??? Maybe, but that's beside the point! This dessert comes out incredibly moist, and there's no way anyone will believe that you didn't bake it, honest. Oh, and it's also fairly low-cal, too. This oil- and butter-free cake is packed with applesauce, pineapple, shredded carrots and chopped nuts, but it still tastes amazingly rich. How is that so??
You know those honking huge, oozy warm cookies, topped with mounds of ice cream that you can get at some restaurants? Save yourself a ton of money and make that in the slow cooker. It is as good, if not better, with crispy edges and a soft, tender center, although you can always adjust the cooking time if you prefer it more or less doughy.
Lava cake sounds a little finicky, doesn't it? Well, it isn't!! Using a slow cooker takes out all the guesswork, plus you can totally serve this one to guests topped with vanilla (or your favorite flavor) ice cream for an irresistible mix of warm, cool, gooey, melty and cakey. Yum!
In the heat of summer, you might debate whether it's worth it to heat up the house to make seasonally appropriate cobbler. Don't. You can make a super delicious set-it-and-forget-it version in the Crock Pot too! Feel free to use any cobbler-friendly fruit (like berries or stone fruit) that you have on hand, fresh or frozen.
Soft, rich and oozing with a ridiculously easy caramel sauce, these gooey treats are hard to resist. If you want, you can add a spoonful or two of whiskey to the sugar glaze for an extra zing of complexity.
This surprisingly healthy (but it really doesn't taste it, honestly) spin on your favorite dessert is so moist and indulgent! Top with a few maraschino cherries or fresh berries at the end for a strikingly tasty, lovely garnish.