Cranberry Apple Cobbler in the Slow Cooker (A sweet Christmas morning or potluck recipe)

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by Robin

Hang on - a Registered Dietitian is planning cobbler and ice cream for breakfast!?!  You betcha!  It's Christmas! The one day a year having the most decadent breakfast is absolutely required.  My kids will find this AMAZING.  (Hey - it's not totally out of character for me.  I'm the RD who shared a recipe for soup with chips in it!)

I'm thankful to Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life for inviting me to participate in my very first Blog Hop!  This one is so much fun.  When you get to the bottom of this post you'll find links to all the bloggers sharing their great ideas for special Christmas Morning Breakfasts.  I can't wait for you to see what my fellow Canadian bloggers are sharing.  They're such a talented group!

I've made this Cranberry Apple Cobbler for many many years.  It's become one of my signature dishes to take to potlucks during the holidays.  I always bring copies of the recipe along - people always ask how to make this themselves.  It's that good.

This cobbler doubles nicely for big gatherings.  BUT! Don't double the topping - the dumplings will not cook properly!  (I learned the hard way - so you don't have to.)  Just double the fruit mixture.

Part of the joy of this recipe is the smell.  It smells exactly like Christmas.  This will be my first time making this Cranberry Apple Slow Cooker Cobbler for breakfast - and I can't wait to wake up Christmas morning to the aroma.

My Easy Christmas Morning Plan... (because this Mama ain't a morning person - not even slightly.)

I plan to prep it all Christmas eve - except for the dumplings.  I'm going to set the timer on my Instant Pot to start at 3 am for 4 hours on high.  If you don't have a timer on your slow cooker - just set it on low for 8 hours when you finally head to bed - after all the last minute wrapping!

When we're up in the morning I'll whip up the dumplings and plop them on top.  Christmas Eve day I'm going to measure out the dry ingredients in my lidded batter bowl and cube the butter.  Then it will take only a couple of minutes in the morning.

Christmas morning minutes are too precious to spend in the kitchen!

 Also, Ed's going to bake his 5 Minute Cinnamon Rolls to accompany this.  😍
He's going to prep them the day before an
pop them in the oven when we wake up. 

The Recipe...

Yield: Serves 8

Cranberry Apple Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

As this cobbler simmers your home will smell just like Christmas! This cobbler is lovely served warm with a big dollop of vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream.


  • 1 package (12 oz.) cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 8 cups apples, sliced and peeled (a firm tart variety is best e.g. MacIntosh, Granny Smith, Gala)
Dumpling Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed, cold
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Place cranberries in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Add sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon, tossing to coat.  Add cranberry juice and apples; stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours).
  3. Ahead of time: in a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Set aside until cook time is done.
  4. With a pastry blender cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Drizzle with milk and stir with a fork until a thick batter is formed.  Drop batter by spoonfuls over the fruit mixture.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 to 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the dumplings comes out clean). 
  5. In another bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the dumplings before serving.


This cobbler doubles nicely for big gatherings.  BUT Don't double the topping - the dumplings will not cook properly!  (I learned the hard way - so you don't have to.)  Just double the fruit mixture.
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And now more fabulous Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas...

Christmas Morning Smoothie by Alex of Northstory 

Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath by Christina of The DIY Mommy 

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life 

Eggnog Brioche French Toast Bake Recipe by Janella of Ma Belle Vie 

Breakfast Toast Bar by Brittany of My Daily Randomness 

Pomegranate Cranberry Mimosas by Krista of Happy Housie 

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns by Ashlea of This Mamas Dance 

Candy Cane French Toast Kabobs by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible 

Swedish Tea Ring by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home 

Cranberry Banana Muffins by Shannon of AKA Design 

Breakfast Enchiladas by Tara of Suburble 

Cranberry Pear French Toast with Vanilla Cream Sauce by Kendra of Joy In Our Home 

Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche by Sara of The Project Pile

There are so many fabulous things to cook at Christmas!  Check out more of our Christmas recipe ideas:

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  1. This looks like a perfect Christmas morning dish...cranberries and apples are a match made in heaven! Thank you for joining us Robin! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for inviting me, Jo-Anna! Merry Christmas to you! :)

  2. Oh my gosh Robin... I love a good cobbler, and this one looks so pretty! Maybe too pretty to eat?! Just kidding!!! I can't wait to make this and eat the whole darn thing! :D

  3. i definitely want to try this recipe, I have never had cobbler before!

  4. Cranberries and apples?! Oh my! I'm sure it smells just like Christmas! And the slow cooker - brilliant!

    1. Thanks, Krista! The slow cooker works so well - like pot pourri too. Thanks for your comment! :)

  5. This sounds delicious!! And I second Krista- what a great idea to make it in the slow cooker.

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I love how easy it is and it doesn’t tie up the oven on a busy cooking day! :)

  6. Hey Robin can i make this recipe for 12 people? if yes then what is the INGREDIENTS?

    1. Hi Christi - you can definitely serve 12 people with this recipe. Simply double the fruit mixture - but don’t double the dumpling topping. :)


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