Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding

If you are craving ooey, gooey chocolate brownies, this crockpot recipe is the one for you.

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Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding - this easy recipe is so gooey and chocolatey! It's just like a crockpot lava cake but made with brownies!

Instant gratification is something I often have no power against. Too often I feel a little too much like Veruca Salt: “I want it and I want it NOW!” The lines between instant gratification and life are blurring – it’s almost too easy to just get what we want immediately.

Take TV, for example. We no longer have to wait in anticipation for our favorite shows; we just binge watch them on Netflix one after the other. The only waiting that occurs is because my husband makes me go to bed after watching 3 episodes of Friday Night Lights and I have to wait until the next night to continue my binging. We don’t even have to watch commercials anymore, now that every room has a DVR.

I find it hardest to resist my impulses when I’m shopping. I’ll see a shirt or a bag or some shoes that I love and I just want them. Why shouldn’t I buy them? I work hard. They’re cute. They’re on sale! This actually happened last week – and while the shoes were at a discount store, they sure as heck weren’t on sale. I did make myself wait overnight and when I couldn’t stop thinking about them I went back and bought them. (See? I had to buy them, right?)

And then there are recipes. That’s where my instant gratification gets me the worst. I see a recipe or think of an idea and I need to make it ASAP. Like, I’ll drop everything on my schedule and head to the kitchen. And while that’s not great for my to-do list, it is great for you. Why?

Because this Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding is one of my impulse recipes that I had to make ASAP. And then I had to share it, in front of all the other recipes I was going to post. But you’re okay with that, right?

Easy Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding Recipe

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen this post I shared last weekend. Heck, if you’re on Facebook at all, you’ve probably seen it. It’s one of those videos that is probably copied off some bloggers recipe and goes viral (true story). It was for a chocolate lava cake made in a slow cooker, using cake mix and pudding mix. I immediately thought of some of the other crockpot desserts I’ve made, like hot fudge cake and caramel cake, and I wanted to make this one too.

(Side note: I did google it to see if a blogger friend had been ripped off before I made this. The top two google results for “Crockpot Lava Cake” were Betty Crocker and Taste of Home. So I decided to continue on my must have chocolate lava brownie pudding ASAP quest.)

Because that’s right – I didn’t want to use cake mix. I wanted to see if using brownie mix and chocolate pudding mix would work and create a slow cooker brownie pudding (aka Lava Brownie) recipe. And guess what?

It worked fabulously. This Crockpot Brownie Pudding is gooey, chocoaltey, rich, and so freaking fantastic YOU need to make it right this minute. (Honestly, it’s even better than the BEST brownie recipe in the world.)

But you will have to wait for the slow cooker to do it’s magic. (Consider it a gift: I’m teaching you patience.)

Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding - this easy recipe is so gooey and chocolatey! It's just like a crockpot lava cake but made with brownies!

A few notes about the recipe:

This recipe has just a few ingredients: brownie mix and the ingredients called for on the box, pudding mix, and milk. It’s probably one of the more simple recipes you’ll ever make.

Tip for making desserts in a crockpot: every slow cooker cooks differently. Yours might be hotter than mine or cook more on one side than the other. It’s just how it is. Also, every crock pot seems to be a different size. Mine is about 7 quarts. This cake will work in a 5 or a 6 quart as well, but cooking time will be affected. I give a large range in cooking time for these reasons: 2-3 hours could mean 2 or it could mean 3. Hopefully it won’t be longer than that!

Because some of the pudding stays on the top of the brownies, it looks raw even when it’s done, which is why you cannot use the toothpick test. Just watch the edges – when they stop being shiny/glossy/raw looking, then it’s done. But it will still look underdone in the middle – that’s the pudding being all jiggly, not raw brownies.

If you need to bake sugar-free, good news! This recipe can be made using sugar-free brownie mix or sugar-free cake mix and sugar-free pudding mix. I made it with sugar-free vanilla cake mix and sugar-free butterscotch pudding for my dad and it worked just fine! Try it with PUMPKIN cake and it’s amazing!

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding

This Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding is so chocolatey and rich! It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Brownie Mix (approximately 18 ounces, get the 9×13 pan size)
  • Eggs, water, and oil called for on the brownie mix box
  • 1 package (about 3.9 ounces) instant chocolate or chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk (regular or nonfat)
  • Ice cream or whipped cream for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. Spray a 6-7 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare brownie mix as directed on the back of the box. Pour into prepared slow cooker.
  3. Whisk pudding mix and milk in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Pour carefully over the brownie mix in the crockpot.
  4. Cover the crock pot with a paper towel and place the lid on top (to catch the condensation). Cook on high power 2-3 hours. It will probably take at least 2 1/2 hours, but start checking it after 2. Some of the pudding stays on the top and stays wet looking, so you cannot trust the toothpick test and it will stay somewhat jiggly until it’s done. Watch the edges – when they look somewhat dry and done, then the pudding is ready. Baking time will be different for every slow cooker, but after 3 hours on high it should be done. You don’t want to overcook it or the brownie (which is on the bottom) will be dry.
  5. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. Store in an airtight container in the regfrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes:

You can also make this with cake mix and any flavor pudding. I made this with sugar-free cake mix and sugar-free pudding and it also worked!

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Don’t forget to try Hot Fudge Pudding Cake from A Family Feast, Slow Cooked Mississippi Mud Pudding Cake from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen and Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake from Saving Dessert.

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90 comments

  1. Did you mean Veruca Salt instead of Veronica Salt? But I totally know what you mean. When I want dessert, I want it now! thanks for teaching me about patience – I have very little, especially when it comes to brownies. 🙂

  2. There is nothing better than a fudgy dessert, and this looks like the queen. I love desserts made in the slow cooker. They are so easy to throw together, and so satisfying.

  3. This looks unreal! I’m totally loving the ooey goooey fudgy chocolatey goodness 🙂 

  4. Sounds fabulous! Just to clarify, do you use instant pudding mix or the kind that you cook?

  5. This looks so gooey and wonderful! And kudos to you for pre-checking to see if a recipe had already been done by a blogger. I wish I would do that on some of my ‘oh this is going to be a special one’ recipes, and 2 days before I post it, someone else pretty much posts the same thing and links back to a source from like 7 yrs ago. lol. I never check, ignorance is bliss I think 🙂 

    And I guess I’ve been living under a rock but I never knew sugar free cake mix existed! Pudding mix, yes, but not cake mix. Shows you how often I buy cake mixes 🙂

  6. Oh my word! I love fudgy brownies (read: undercooked/close to just batter) but I know the modern world frowns upon that because, well, salmonella. This looks delicious and much safer to eat!

  7. And, yes, both were fantastic!! Thanks. xoxo

  8. Can you please more cupcake recipes? All of the ones I tried from your blog have been amazing! Maybe some small batch fall cupcakes?

  9. Brownie lava cakes in the slow cooker is a fantastic idea.  That brownie pudding cake that’s a total old school dessert that you can make in the slow cooker is hands down my favourite dessert of all time.  It’s easy and chocolatey and I don’t need anything else.  This looks pretty similar and I’m fairly certain it would be fantastic!

  10. I need this!!! What an awesome idea doing it in the slow cooker! Thank you for being impatient 🙂

  11. OH MY YUM!

    I am so glad that I already planned my meals for the week or else this would have sprung onto the list! Hopefully I forget about it by next week…not likely 😉 

    >> On another note I like how you talked about how we binge on the things that we love– I recently wrote a post about finding your joy and my whole premise was about introducing cherishing moments back into our lives. Funny how closely our ideas about these things coincide.

    Thanks for the great recipe! 

    OneThousandJoys

  12. The shoes…oh, my goodness. The shoes. You didn’t have a choice. You had to. They’re so pretty.
    I am not patient when it comes to waiting for TV shows or dessert, but with pics like these, I could maybe handle it. The gooey goodness is just beyond happy!

  13. I need my slow cooker back just to make this. IT’s actually my favorite dessert. Gosh, you’re amazing.
    http://www.MarinaSays.com

  14. Sounds decadently chock full of delicious with calories.

  15. As much as I love and adore my slow cooker for soups and stews, I do think it is AMAZING with desserts, especially for a crowd.  Love this version of a brownie!!

  16. Dessert in a slow cooker?! Count me in! This brownie pudding looks fantastic!

  17. First, YUM!! My 10 year old who’s is obsessed with brownies will love this. Second, fabulous shoes. You definitely needed them. 😜

  18. oh my god, this looks crazy good! look at all that gooey chocolate!! 

  19. Oh goodness!!! This looks incredible. I mean, WOW! My fear in making these types of desserts is that I will eat more than I should. Then the guilt sinks in the next day, and I run to the gym. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. Lol. 🙂 

  20. I will be breaking out my slow cooker for this one. 

  21. I loved your Instagram comment- thank God for yoga pants. Haha. This looks 100% worth every calorie. Can’t wait to give it a try once exams are over!

  22. DIVINE! This looks amazing Dorothy! Boxed mixes and the slow cooker are a match made in heaven. They work together perfectly!

  23. Well now I want new shoes AND brownies!!! Those are sooo pretty! And brownies are my love language. Warm with ice cream? Kill me now.

  24. In the crockpot now – hoping it turns out delish! 🙂

    • it was ok – probably would have been better if I had a bigger crockpot [have 4.5-5 qt.] – ready in 2 hours – very, very rich – served with ice cream – got major sugar rush! 🙂

      used crock liner and sprayed – covered with paper towels – 🙁 I couldn’t see it cooking. 

      thanks for all the work you do and for recipes that I am not afraid to try. 🙂

      • I know, that’s the problem with the paper towel trick! Although, when I made this, I peeked a few times and you can’t tell by looking really that much anyway because of the pudding layer. All the chocolate – it’s super rich for sure. A little goes a long way. 🙂

  25. You’ve got me licking my lips, this looks so delicious. I’ve never used my crock pot to make dessert this will be my first.

  26. omg those shoes are THE CUTEST

    and this brownie pudding is inspiiired–so rich and warm and gooey and mmmmmmmmmmmm love it!

  27. Patience is the key, I hope I have patience when I make this. The only way this will come out good is if I’m busy doing something else and check on it frequently. Thanks for the recipe!

    http://lbsabotage.blogspot.com

  28. Could you make a double batch of this?! And if so, what would it do to the cook time?

  29. Do you think I can double it to make more servings and cook longer or do you think it would be better to use two separate crock pots?

  30. I assume this recipe is not suitable for doubling? … Thought it was worth asking just in case… I’d like to make it for a larger crowd.

  31. So how did the doubling of the recipe go.  I need to know if I must borrow another crock pot!   

  32. Any chance this can be baked in the oven rather than doing it in the crockpot to save on time?  I’m looking for temp and time in the oven if possible.

  33. Do you think I could use gluten free box mixes?

  34. do you think you could add bourbon or baileys to make it a st. patricks day treat?? recommendations?

  35. So I tried this to bring to a meeting…. It burned in less than 1 1/2 hours… So maybe she meant cook on low?

    • I cooked mine on high (it has settings 4 or 6 hours on high, 8 or 10 hours on low). All crockpots cook differently – possibly your high is hotter than mine. Once you bake once or twice in your crockpot, you’ll get to know it better (they don’t seem as standard as ovens, especially because they can be older sometimes). If it burned in that much time (was it done sooner maybe?) then for sure try low if you bake in it again!

  36. I have a brand new slow cooker and at 2 hours, mine burnt. Being the preggo I am at the moment I didn’t love the pudding on top, but what I could eat of the brownie was pretty good. Maybe I would have felt different about it if it hadn’t burned.

  37. My husband loves lava cake but could I also add some chocolate chips to this recipe?

  38. Thanks for a great recipe, this slow cooker is right for us, my husband and my kids love the food

  39. I just found this great recipe today, definitely I will try this in the weekend because my husband likes the brownie pudding. Thanks for sharing

  40. So how did the doubling of the recipe go.  I need to know if I must borrow another crock pot! 

  41. How long do we wait before we take it out of the cooker for refrigerating for use the next day and how do we get it out without tearing it up?

  42. I tried this tonight and it was not desirable. The pudding had a weird color under the top. And the brownie was not very solid, more separated and gooey. It cooked for 2&1/2 hours. I was disappointed 🙁

  43. It looks really delicious, i have to do this for my brother birthday !

  44. So, do you mix the pudding in to the brownie mix before cooking?
    My pudding stayed on top, and there wasn’t much brownie/cake after it cooked – just around the edges.  Too much pudding, not enough cake.
    I made this last December and thought it turned out perfect, but not today!  Maybe cook it for longer?  It looked cooked around the edges after 2 hours. 

    • That’s strange it didn’t work this time! I don’t mix it, just pour it over the top. The pudding stays on the top after it’s baked, and when you scoop and serve it it gets all messy and gooey.

  45. Made this for dessert on Thanksgiving.  I cooked it for 2 1/2 hours and it was totally burned!  The brownie parents that weren’t burned, tasted like cake, and the pudding was not good either.  Very disappointing!

  46. I love your recipe. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

  47. Can I use my casserole style crockpot for this recipe?

  48. Can I use regular cook pudding? I’m trying just to use what I have😊

  49. My family just have a new baby. Your post really help so much. Thank for share !

  50. Can you cook this in a 2.5 quart slow cooker?

  51. The picture of this dessert looked so delicious I just had to make it. However it began to burn just after an hour on high and we threw the entire dessert away. Just make regular brownies and serve them warm with vanilla ice cream.

  52. Can you double the recipe using the 7qt crockpot to feed more?

  53. Can I cook this on low?

  54. Added two tablespoons of instant coffee to the brownie mix to cut back on the sweetness…so good! Thank you for an amazing recipe. Have made this three times now!

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