Cranberry Fluff is an easy, delicious dessert or side dish with a blend of cranberry sauce, pineapple, whipped topping, and marshmallows with a nutty crunch from walnuts. It only takes a few minutes to mix together and would make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas menu! It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and a whole lot of yum! I also have Pineapple Fluff that you will enjoy!
What Is A Fluff Dessert?
A fluff dessert is generally a light and airy no-bake dessert made by folding together various ingredients and creating a ‘fluffy’ texture. Whipped cream like Cool Whip is usually a key ingredient, as it is in this recipe. They can be served as a side dish, especially around the holidays, or as a dessert. Once you see how easy they are to make, you will want to make more! Check out a few of my other fluff recipes like Ambrosia salad, Blueberry Lemon Fluff, and Pistachio Fluff, too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Cranberry Sauce: The sweet and tart cranberry flavor comes from a can of whole berry cranberry sauce. I like the texture that the whole berries bring. Or, use homemade cranberry sauce.
Pineapple: Look for crushed pineapple to drain and add to the fluff. Or, you could finely chop pineapple chunks or add them to a food processor to process them.
Walnuts: I love the nutty crunch of walnuts. Of course, you could leave out nuts if you prefer. Or, try the fluff with pecans or almonds.
Whipped Topping: Cool whip is your best bet to hold all of the ingredients together.
Marshmallows: If you don’t have miniature marshmallows, cut up large marshmallows into smaller pieces. If you feel motivated, make homemade marshmallows!
How To Store Cranberry Fluff
Store Cranberry Fluff in the refrigerator, covered, or in an airtight container. It will last up to 2-3 days.
- 1 can (14 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup (117 g) walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 tub (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- In a large bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and crushed pineapple. Mix until the cranberry sauce is completely incorporated with the pineapple.
- Gently fold in the walnuts, whipped topping, and marshmallows until they are evenly distributed.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
How can you go wrong with cranberry fluff on your holiday dinner table? So delicious!
I loved this cranberry fluff! It is so easy and a nice blend of sweet and tart. It's so easy, even I could make this dessert!
The tartness from the cranberries balances well with the smooth whipped topping and marshmallows! An easy and tasty treat for gatherings!
This is simple and delicious! Anyone could make this, and everyone will enjoy it!
This is so lovely! It's not super sweet like a lot of fluff recipes! It would pair really well with turkey or ham on a holiday buffet!