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Cranberry Apple Cobbler in the Slow Cooker ~ a sweet Christmas Cobbler recipe for breakfast or potlucks

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by Robin

Hang on – a former Registered Dietitian is planning cranberry apple 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 Christmas Cobbler 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!

Christmas cranberry cobbler

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.

Apple cranberry Christmas Cobbler

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.

slow cooker cranberry apple cobbler for christmas

My Easy Christmas Morning Plan… (because this Mama ain’t a morning person – not even slightly.)

easy cranberry apple Christmas cobbler in the slow cooker

I plan to prep our Christmas Cobbler on 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. We’re going to wake up to the amazing Christmas cranberry cobbler smell throughout the house. I can’t wait!

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!

easy Christmas Cobbler ingredients

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 and pop them in the oven when we wake up. 

Our Cranberry Apple Christmas Cobbler Recipe…

Easy Christmas Cobbler in slow cooker ingredients
cranberry apple cobbler in slow cooker

Cranberry Apple Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 4gSugar: 43gProtein: 4g

And now more fabulous Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas…

Christmas morning Breakfast Recipe 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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Cristi Thomasson

Sunday 24th of December 2017

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


Sunday 24th of December 2017

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


Thursday 14th of December 2017

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


Sunday 17th of December 2017

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

Krista Aasen

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

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


Sunday 17th of December 2017

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


Tuesday 12th of December 2017

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


Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Oh my - you must try it! So delish and easy! :)


Monday 11th of December 2017

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


Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Haha! Thanks, Sarah! I hope you like it, Sarah. :)

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