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Crock Pot desserts were made for summer, because while it may be the season when you least feel like turning on your oven, a baking addiction is year round. If you’re craving something sweet but don’t relish the thought of cranking up the heat in your kitchen, the slow cooker can be your best friend.

While it’s better known for handling big hunks of meat (hello, perfect pulled pork), hearty soups and stews, and even sides like baked beans and mac and cheese, it’s less valued as a sweet course savior—but there are a number of desserts that can be made within the space of the slow cooker’s tightly sealed crock.

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We definitely love no-bake desserts (from icebox cakes and ice cream sundaes to simple s’mores) when it’s hot out, but when you want something cozy and crowd-pleasing for your summer BBQ or potluck, Crock Pot desserts are hard to beat.

So, here are seven slow cooker dessert recipes that are especially suited for summer.

1. Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

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The peach might just be the king of summer fruits. By incorporating them into this slow cooker crumble, all their sweetest, most succulent flavors and juices really shine. Get our Slow Cooker Peach Crumble recipe.

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2. Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding

Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding recipe

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Our Crock Pot Rice Pudding recipe is creamy and comforting, but for a change of pace that’s perfect for summer, try this fruity tapioca pudding instead. Coconut and mango bring a tantalizing little taste of the tropics, yet this tapioca pudding still keeps things satisfying and just rich enough. Get our Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding recipe.

3. Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter

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Low heat helps blueberries exude all their jammiest juices here, for a spreadable summer fruit that’s delicious on toast or cake, swirled into ice cream, spooned into thumbprint cookies, and more. Get our Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter recipe.

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4. Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate cake made in a Crock Pot? Yep, and it’s delicious, though it does work best in a smaller 3.5-quart slow cooker to prevent burned edges. Top it with whatever you please: ice cream and caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and fresh fruit, or even frosting once it’s cool. Get our Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake recipe.

5. Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue

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Who says fondue is only for winter? Chocolate fondue is a party-perfect option any time, and in summer, you get to dip the best ripe strawberries and cherries; set out marshmallows and graham crackers too since it is the season for s’mores. Making Crock Pot fondue just requires that you stir more often (since it will be hotter than an actual fondue pot). Get our Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue recipe.

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6. Slow Cooker Cheesecake

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Cheesecake baked in the oven can set unevenly if you don’t do it right. But made right in the Crock Pot, it comes out perfect each and every time. Get the Slow Cooker Cheesecake recipe.

7. Slow Cooker Summer Berry Grunt

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Similar to cobblers, crumbles, crisps, and slumps (not to mention pandowdies and buckles), grunts are just another easy way to turn summer fruit into a homey dessert. Matching stewed berries with steamed dumplings, this is the sort of oozy, gooey dessert that tastes best warm, even in the summertime. Topped with cold ice cream, of course. Get the Slow-Cooker Summer Berry Grunt recipe.

Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University’s program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.
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