This Christmas Crockpot Coffee recipe is just what Santa ordered for a morning filled with family, kids opening presents, and everyone celebrating! This is completely hands-off and you won’t be able to stop at one cup…trust me!
In 2018, this classic coffee recipe was featured in our Christmas in July celebration on savorandsavvy.com and it was so much fun! It is the coffee that you will take to cookie exchanges, brunches and pot lucks at church. Watch the scale though, it is THAT GOOD!
We love fun coffees and wanted to round out the recipes with at least one holiday drink option! We shared our Caramel Latte in the Crockpot recipe in the past but we wanted to share another amazing coffee option for this year to pair with a muffin, cookie or brownie.
Why This Recipe Works
Fast and Easy | This is a quick and easy recipe that can be made up in less than 5 minutes but tastes out of this world.
Kept Warm for a Long Time | This coffee is perfect for holiday weekends, baby showers, Mothers Day or when friends come to stay for the weekend and you want to put out a big spread. It can be kept hot and ready to serve for hours.
There’s nothing more delightful than waking up on Christmas morning to a batch of this homemade crockpot coffee.
Vanilla Bean Syrup: The most essential ingredient of this homemade coffee is the vanilla bean syrup. The vanilla bean syrup consists of water, sugar, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean. It’s incredible!
Milk: We use regular milk for this recipe, but you could swap it out with any non-dairy version of milk you want. Almond milk (learn how to make this at home), cashew milk, and oat milk would all be really good choices.
Strong Coffee: You can use any strong coffee that you like. Any variety of flavored coffee or regular would work well.
You know that we love both coffee and easy-to-make recipes! You can have amazing food without spending hours mixing ingredients in the kitchen one of our favorite tools to make this happen is a crockpot.
Step One: Pour milk, coffee, vanilla bean syrup into a mini crockpot and stir. Turn on low for 2 – 3 hours.
Step Two: Make sure to check it and stir once or twice. It is ready to serve!
That is it! So easy and so delicious! Now, granted, we are not saving on calories for this recipe but it is the holidays, right?
🍽️ Vanilla Bean Syrup Instructions
I did not have any syrup, and didn’t want to run to the grocery store, so I thought I would make it myself. You’ll be surprised to realize that you have most of the items in your spice cabinet to make this instead of buying the expensive jar at the store. Plus, it is so simple.
Step One: Cut along the seam of the vanilla bean and scrape out the beans into a small saucepan.
Step Two: Combine the water, sugar and vanilla extract to the vanilla beans and heat to boiling for 5-7 minutes.
Step Three: Allow it to cool and store it in a decorative jar for future use or for a gift.
🥄 Sweetener Options
Of course! If the syrup doesn’t add enough sweetness, you can add more sugar. I suggest starting with just a few tablespoons. Sugar substitutes work well too.
🍴Meal Prep Instructions
There is almost always opportunities to save time and this recipe is no different. Full disclosure: these silly time saving tips are things I regularly do and they do speed up my processes when I am time crunched.
- Prep the crock pot by getting it out and ready on the counter the night before.
- Measure out the milk, cover, and place in the refrigerator.
- Lay out the ¼ cup measuring cup by the crockpot.
- Have a mixing spoon ready to stir it all together.
- Prep the coffee the night before so you can start brewing first thing in the morning. You can brew the night before but I know a lot of people prefer their coffee as fresh as possible.
- Another option is to make this recipe ahead of time and allow it to cool. Put it into containers to take it to a cookie exchange, holiday brunch, or mid-day party as an alternative to alcoholic drinks. Reheat it in a crockpot for about one hour, microwave it, or heat it up on low on the stove top.
You can store this in the refrigerator for up to five days and simply reheat as you go. Put the cold coffee back in the slow cooker and re-heat it up as you go. You can also make a larger batch of this and drink it on the way to work during the holidays.
Make this ahead of time and put it in the freezer. If you are going to do this, simply put it in a freezer safe gallon bags and lay it flat in the freezer. Alternatively, pour into ice cube trays and use them in your ice coffee so it doesn’t get watered down.
If you are in the holiday spending mood, make sure to check out our Coffee Lovers Gift Guide! There is something there for everyone on your gift giving list!
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Christmas Crockpot Coffee
Vanilla Bean Syrup
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Vanilla Bean
Christmas Crock Pot Coffee
- 4 cups Milk
- 2 cups Strong Coffee
- ¼ cup Vanilla Bean Syrup (using recipe above)
Vanilla Bean Syrup
- Cut along the seam of the vanilla bean and scrape out the beans into a small saucepan.
- Combine the water, sugar and vanilla extract to the vanilla beans and heat to boiling for 5-7 minutes.
- Allow to cool and put in a decorative jar for future use or for a gift.
Christmas Crock Pot Coffee
- In a small crock pot, combine the coffee, milk and 1/4 cup of Vanilla Bean Syrup (recipe above) and turn on low for two hours. Serve with whipped cream on top.