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Cranberry Fluff Recipe

Cranberry Fluff Recipe

This fluffy fruit salad gets its sweet-tart flavor from cranberries and whipped cream. We like it because it's not as sweet as many other "fluffs." I'm often asked for the secret to this luscious holiday salad. -Lavonne Hartel, Williston, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups diced unpeeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup halved green grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • 1. Place cranberries in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; add marshmallows and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Just before serving, stir in the apples, grapes, nuts and salt. Fold in whipped cream. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 221 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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tonissweettreats User ID: 8095382 59452
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I make this every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving. It's my family's favorite and is also the most requested recipe of anything I make and take to dinners. I always have to double the recipe because everyone wants more."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 36337
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"This recipe has been in my husband's family f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and I am currently the keeper of the famous Fluff recipe. Our recipe is slightly different than the one above. First, I've found the 12 oz. bag of cranberries makes 3 ground cups, and that's plenty. It's easy to freeze the cranberries ahead of time, and food process frozen. Also, since we want a Fluff-y, cloud-like texture, we don't use the grapes, but we do make sure the apple, 1 stalk of celery, and at least 1 banana are finely chopped. A small can of very well-drained crushed pineapple is added too for sweetness and consistency. It's a beautiful salad. easy to make. So requested! For us, it isn't Thanksgiving or Christmas without the Fluff!"

desireecat100 User ID: 4841508 136045
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"LOVE THIS, Beautiful for Christmas, but if you want to make this later in the year buy your cranberries when in seanson and freez them. My sister-in law doesn't like cranberries BUt she likes this"

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 131455
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I have made this recipe since it appeared in the Oct/Nov Issue of TOH 2002. It is wonderful. I have to make it every year now."

amazaw User ID: 1329965 131453
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This is a family favorite. I make it evey year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The flavor is outstanding, a nice balance of sweet and tart. I have served this as a side dish with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and also on the dessert table. It is a really nice balance to all the sweet, heavy desserts."

qtpie_in User ID: 1788522 88461
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"This is a new favorite! I made it for the Superbowl party we attended & EVERYONE loved it! Even someone who HATES fruit went back for seconds of this! I used fat free cool-whip instead of the heavy whipping cream & substituted Splenda for the sugar & it still turned out FABULOUS!"

CKLake User ID: 5631769 44193
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I originally got this recipe from my favorite aunt. I now make it as one of my traditional holiday dishes. Everyone loves it and it is a pretty dish as well."

CKLake User ID: 5631769 86281
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I originally got this recipe from my favorite aunt. I now make it as one of my traditional holiday dishes. Everyone loves it and it is a pretty dish as well."

mdrew User ID: 3595005 88453
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I started making this for Thanksgiving and my family has asks for it every year."

olsonlav User ID: 2548503 205184
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"I made this as an option for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I did add an orange to it, since I had the orange left over from some zest with another recipe. This gave it just a bit more sweetness. I also used part Cool Whip for the whipping cream, as I had some of that left to use up as well."

ndrushing User ID: 1048155 81818
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2008

"This salad was a bit too tart for me.


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