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Cranberry Fluff

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Some call it salad, some call it dessert – either way, this Cranberry Fluff will quickly become a family favorite. The recipe is super easy, goes together in 10 minutes or less and great for a beginner cook. 

Cranberry Fluff

Are you ready for the easiest make ahead recipe ever? In about 10 minutes, probably less, you can have this Cranberry Fluff put together and in the refrigerator chilling. Then when you are ready to serve, just pull it from the fridge, unwrap and it’s ready.

This Cranberry Fluff Recipe is very basic, and a great one to start with if you are new to the kitchen. You will need –

Cranberry Fluff Ingredients

  • Cranberries, fresh or frozen – you won’t use a whole bag, so you can use the rest on Cranberry Bread 
  • Crushed Pineapple, canned
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk, found in the baking aisle
  • Whipped Topping, thawed – you can also use heavy whipping cream beat until stiff peaks form
  • Walnuts or Pecans, optional


  • Large Bowl
  • Spatula or large spoon
  • Food Processor, preferred (I have this one and LOVE it)  but a knife will work too
  • Plastic Wrap

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, Cranberry Fluff Salad has been a tradition in many families, especially here in the Midwest. There are many variations, depending on the family – some add nuts, some add grapes or other fruit, others use whipping cream or whipped topping, some like cream cheese or no cream cheese – the list goes on and on.

However, one thing I do know – no matter how you make Cranberry Fluff, it’s a favorite! Just like the Cherry Fluff and Pineapple Fluff, it will disappear before you can even go back for seconds.

Cranberry Fluff Recipe

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Pineapple Fluff    Cherry Fluff    Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Cranberry Fluff

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Cranberry Fluff

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This easy Cranberry Fluff Recipe can be made ahead, chilled and ready to serve.


  • 1 + 1/2 cups fresh or frozen Cranberries, chopped finely
  • 1 can (20 oz) Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Walnuts, chopped,optional


Chop cranberries in food processor, add to large bowl

Drain pineapple, add to bowl

Chop walnuts in food processor or using a knife, add to bowl

Add milk and marshmallows, stir together

Gently fold in whipped topping until well combined

Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving, overnight is fine.

Store leftovers in refrigerator


  1. Hello,
    Do you think you could use coconut milk (in the can) instead of the sweetened condensed milk to make this dairy free?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Lezlee, I haven’t tried that but I think it would be fine. The texture may not be the same.
      If you are familiar with using coconut milk, you should be fine.

  2. Two of my favorite things in one delicious side dish! I’m going to make this for our holiday party!

  3. Becky Hardin says:

    Oh I wish like everything I had a bowl of this today! Looks so delicious

    1. It’s the best! Grab a spoon and dig right into the bowl. 🙂

    1. It’s definitely super easy and great for the holidays when there is so many other things to do!

  4. Allyson Zea says:

    Oh my kids love fluff but I never thought to use cranberries!

    1. This was the first time I added cranberries, and we loved it!

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