Make a delicious cranberry fluff from fresh cranberries as a fun side dish or simple dessert. It will be such a pretty addition to your holiday menu but is great for any day.
This fun creamy cranberry fluff is loaded with fresh cranberries, pineapple and just enough marshmallows to make it fun and sweet. It takes very little effort, can be made ahead of time and makes a tasty and colorful addition to your table.
Cranberries are like the ruby jewels of the fruit world during November and December. It is hard to pass them by on the produce section without picking up a bag.
It wasn’t always that way. As a child the only cranberries I knew was the canned jellied cranberries.
Nothing about seeing the ridges of the can on the gelatinous cylinder screemed eat me. My husband loves the stuff though, so to each their own.
In the past few years I have really come to enjoy them. The ease and sweet tart pop of cranberry snack cake instantly won me over.
This fluff recipe is just the latest in an ever growing list of cranberry recipes I love. It has a hit of tart with just enough sweet to round it out.
Making the fluff
This recipe is super simple to put together. Just put a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries in the food processor with some granulated sugar.
Pulse it a few time until the berries resemble a fine dice. Chill the berries for at least a couple of hours or overnight to allow the sugar to work its magic.
All you have to do from there is stir in a well drained can of pineapple. Add a few mini marshmallows to bring a little extra sweetness and fun to the mix.
Whip some cream to stiff peaks and fold into the cranberry mixture. Then refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
The cranberry fluff is best when it is assembled the day you plan to serve. However the leftovers will be good in the refrigerator for several days.
It really is just that easy. The results are tart and just sweet enough.
Possible alterations to the recipe
If you like it sweeter, feel free to add a few more marshmallows to the mix. For a tarter finish, you can try adding less sugar but remember those cranberries can easily make you pucker if you cut it too much.
You could add chopped apples instead of the marshmallows if you prefer crunch in your salad. You could also add chopped pecans yo give it more of a Waldorf salad vibe.
More great cranberry recipes
Cranberry applesauce is the best of both worlds with lots of fresh berries and apples inside. It makes a lovely side dish that tastes as good as it looks.
Tart cranberries, fresh apples, a hint of cinnamon, brown sugary sweetness and a golden oat topping come together to make a fabulous cranberry apple crisp. It is the perfect fall dessert.
Mini cranberry cheese balls are perfect for topping just a couple of crackers. They are perfect for parties because each individual can grab one or two.
3 ingredient orange cranberry relish is such an easy side dish. It is a great colorful make ahead addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu.
Cranberry Jello salad would make a perfect fruity addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. It takes only three ingredients and is a perfect make ahead dish. Serve it plain or top with with whipped cream for an extra special treat.
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- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Put cranberries and sugar in food processor. Pulse until the berries are finely diced.
- Transfer berries to a bowl, cover and refrigerate at least a couple of hours or overnight.
- Stir drained pineapple and marshmallows into cranberries.
- Whip cream until it forms stiff peaks.
- Fold cream into cranberry mixture.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.