Orange Fluff comes together in a matter of minutes to create a dreamy dessert that is perfect for just about any occasion.
Fluff desserts are definitely one of those sneaky mom desserts that pack in a little extra nutrition without you ever being the wiser. My mom’s recipe always included cottage cheese, meaning our sweet treats were actually packed full of protein.
She’d whip up fluff-style desserts to keep in the fridge for quick weeknight desserts. Since they’re super simple to make and require only a handful of ingredients, they were the perfect dessert recipe for a working mama with a busy schedule.
Although she made a variety of flavors from lemon to strawberry-banana, Orange Fluff has always been my favorite. There’s just something so perfect to me about a dessert that mimics my favorite ice cream – the creamsicle – without a lot of effort. Total win, if you ask me.
When I went away to college, I worked as a server at a local restaurant my sophomore year and actually saved up my tip money for a week to purchase an inexpensive food processor from Meijer. That way, I could have fluff anytime I wanted it. That’s some serious fluff dedication, and tells you just how much I adore my mom’s sneaky dessert.
The key to this recipe is to make sure you puree the cottage cheese to remove the texture, unless of course you’re into cottage cheese curds in your desserts. And if that’s the case, you’re one heck of a cottage cheese fan.
Having these sneak attack desserts that are easy is a total mom-move, from start to finish, so I thought it’d be perfect to share with my friend Joanne. Joanne writes the blog Fifteen Spatulas, and she and her hubby Pete just welcomed baby James.
We had originally planned a baby shower, but the little man came early, and so now we’re just saying, “Welcome to the world, buddy!” with all our favorite foods.
I have no doubt James is going to have a deep and abiding love for good food. How could he not, with Joanne as his mama? When I shared this dessert with Elle, her eyes filled with delight, it was a truly awesome moment in the kitchen for me. Something I’ve loved my whole life is new through her eyes, and that makes it even more special. I can’t wait for you to have moments like that, Joanne!
Congratulations to you and Pete – welcome to our foodie family, baby James!
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 2 3-ounce boxes orange Jell-o mix
- 16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used Truwhip)
- 2 11-ounce cans mandarin oranges, roughly chopped, optional
- Puree cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth.
- Transfer the pureed cottage cheese to a large bowl and whisk in the dry Jell-o mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to fold in the whipped topping until no streaks remain.
- Fold in mandarin oranges.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- If desired, serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping and fresh orange slices. For a little added flavor and texture, you can also fold in 2 cups of miniature marshmallows.
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