Slow Cooker Brownies (from Scratch)

Slow cooker brownies are easy to make and take just 5 minutes to prepare. This homemade recipe is full of gooey chocolate fudge flavor and so delicious! Cooking it in a crock pot creates an outside crust with a super moist center. It’s perfect for a dinner party or potluck dessert.

gooey chocolate brownies scooped into stem glasses with ice cream on top.

While I LOVE my homemade fudge brownies, this crockpot recipe is a new favorite when I want something with a gooier, scoopable texture. It’s rich and indulgent, and a bit reminiscent of chocolate lava cakes. It’s perfect served with a scoop of ice cream on the side!

It has a mocha-fudge flavor and is loaded with peanut butter chips. The taste and texture are similar to traditional baked brownies as the center is soft and gooey while the outer edge is firm and crusty.

Why You’ll Love It

  • You can prepare it ahead so it cooks while you’re eating the main course. Then it’s ready to eat when you are.
  • It’s SO easy! Just pour everything into the crock, mix, and be done.
  • It’s less intimidating than making brownies in the oven.
  • It’s a real crowd-pleaser making it a great choice for all kinds of occasions. Add it to dinner party menus or take it to church socials and potluck parties. Serve it for a ladies night chocolate party or add it to Christmas and holiday gatherings.
chocolate brownies scooped into stem glasses with ice cream on top.

Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar.
  • All-purpose flour. Give it a little stir as you measure it out, to help break up any lumps.
  • Butter, melted. Pop it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
  • Eggs. You can beat them lightly before adding, or be sure to fully integrate them into the mixture in the slow cooker.
  • Unsweetened cocoa. A pantry staple; make sure you use unsweetened cocoa when baking. 
  • Peanut butter chips. Peanut butter and chocolate is a classic pairing, and the chips add a nice bite. Make sure your guests don’t have a nut allergy before adding them, or substitute with white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter. 
  • Instant coffee granules. Coffee is a great enhancer of chocolate!
  • Ground cinnamon. A little cinnamon helps deepen the flavor and leaves people asking what my secret is!
  • Salt. Helps balance the sweetness. 
  • Vanilla extract. A staple flavoring in desserts.

How to Make It

See full instructions in recipe card below.

  1. Spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker pot with your preferred non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add all your ingredients into the crock pot and stir until well combined.
  3. Cover and cook on low for about 2 hours, or until set.
chocolate gooey cake scooped into stem glasses with ice cream on top.

How to Serve It

  • Vanilla ice cream is the perfect topping to compliment any warm, gooey brownie. Be sure to take it out slightly earlier than you plan to serve your dessert for easy scooping.
  • For simple gatherings just scoop into serving bowls. But for a more elevated presentation scoop it into stem glasses or small compotes, and top with vanilla ice cream (I like Breyer’s Vanilla Bean brand).
  • Top with fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries, and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • A simple dusting of confectioners sugar is always a lovely touch.

PARTY TIP: Scoop servings into a coupe glass for an elegant presentation. Garnish with fresh mint.

Helpful Tips

  • Use a 3.5 or 4-Quart Slow Cooker for best results. Anything too small or too large will cook differently.
  • Remember different brands can cook differently too. Some run hotter than others. Start off with the shortest cooking time and cook longer if needed.
  • This recipe is best served fresh and warm, so if you have 4-6 people to serve then you are good to go.
  • If you do have leftovers, they will cool and become more like traditional baked brownies. The edges get a little harder and the center becomes more cake-like. 
chocolate brownies scooped into stem glasses with ice cream on top.

More Chocolate Recipes

If you love these slow cooker brownies, check out more chocolate dessert recipes for parties at home. I’ve shared some of my favorites below.

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gooey fudge brownies scooped into stem glasses with ice cream on top.

Crock Pot Brownies

Yield: 5-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Easy slow cooker brownies are homemade and delicious! Put the ingredients into the crock pot and you'll have a chocolate dessert that's fudgy and moist. Perfect paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten or you’ll have egg clumps in your batter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 2 heaping teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • vanilla ice cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Spray the bottom and sides of the crock with nonstick spray.
  2. Add ingredients to crock pot and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until set. Turn power off and let stand for 30 minutes covered.
  4. Scoop into serving dishes and top with ice cream.

Notes

Use an ice cream scoop to dish out the perfect serving size. Two scoops per dessert.

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10 Comments

  1. I need to clean & re-season my greatgrandmother’s cast iron skillet that came to Kansas from Canada in a covered wagon. My parents would take it on their fishing trips & cook shore lunches in it.

  2. My latest mess in the kitchen was what was left after making shrimp stock and a shrimp stew. If everything isn’t cleaned well the smell can get terrible. (This means even the disposal.)

    Your fudge brownie cake is a must-make! 🙂

  3. Delicious “Slow Cooker Brownie Cake”, really want to taste this… I want to make the same is it possible 🙁

  4. Chris,
    Thanks so much for this post. I would never have thought to put cake in my slow cooker. Desserts have so many steps that this really eliminates the guess work.
    Jenn

  5. I just worked so hard to get my black composite sink to shine again. Over time (had it about 5 years) it had become dull. But several applications for Dawn and Baking soda combined as a scrub cleaned off the white film then wiped down with some cooking oil. Looks like new black and shiny.

  6. OMG! This sounds so fantastic! I’m going to surprise my kids with this, this week! Sure it’s 99 degreess, but I think we should start eating like it’s fall.

  7. My most recent cleaning mess was when I tackled the inside of my stove, especially the front glass window. The product that worked the best was elbow grease! 🙂

  8. “Yum yum” says this die hard chocoholic! On the itinerary for this week is cleaning and organizing all the kitchen cabinets and I may very well have to make this as a reward for a job well done after I’m finished! Thanks for sharing!

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