Orange Fluff

Orange Fluff comes together in a matter of minutes and is the perfect weeknight dessert. So dreamy!

Orange Fluff comes together in a matter of minutes to create a dreamy dessert that is perfect for just about any occasion.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of fluffy desserts. From Cranberry Fluff to Ambrosia Salad, these sweet and creamy desserts are some of my faves.

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.

Orange Fluff comes together with just a handful of ingredients. So easy and delicious!

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.

Orange Fluff couldn't be more delicious. Serve it up with whipped cream and orange slices for a quick and easy summer dessert.

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!

Orange Fluff

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


  1. Puree cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Transfer the pureed cottage cheese to a large bowl and whisk in the dry Jell-o mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the whipped topping until no streaks remain.
  4. Fold in mandarin oranges.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. 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.

Orange Fluff comes together in a matter of minutes to create a dreamy, fluffy dessert that is great for just about any occasion.

Be sure to check out the delicious recipes from these talented bloggers that came together today to celebrate!

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-ups from Michael of Inspired by Charm
Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Sun Dried Tomato Hummus from Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup from Sadie of Dairy Good Life
Whipped Goat Cheese & Blueberry Balsamic Crostini from Meseidy of The Noshery
Rosemary Flatbread with Baked Goat Cheese from Heidi of FoodieCrush
Spring Herb Cream Cheese Appetizer Cups from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Crostini with Almond Ricotta and spicy olive tapenade from Heather of HeatherChristo

Fruit Freeze from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Mint Lemonade from Trish of Mom On Timeout
Ginger Lemonade from Kathy of Panini Happy

Chocolate-Covered Rice Krispies Treats from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Orange Fluff from Jamie of My Baking Addiction
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies from Susannah of Feast + West
Mini Ombre Heart Cookies from Bridget of Bake at 350
Mini Coconut Pound Cakes from Mary of Barefeet In The Kitchen
Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting from Jennifer of Savory Simple
Unicorn Shaped Cookies from Jessie of CakeSpy
Oreo Cheesecake Bites from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Lemon Blueberry Bread from Glory of Glorious Treats
Blintz with Blackberry Sauce from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Pastel Rainbow Cake from Bree of Baked Bree
Individual Chocolate Souffles from Andie of Andie Mitchell

40 Responses to “Orange Fluff”

  1. I love a fluffy dessert or salad, too. This looks awesome, so bright and sunny! Thank you so much for joining in on this celebration!

    • Jamie — March 31st, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      You’re welcome, Brenda! It was my pleasure!

  2. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — March 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Jamie!! Waking up to this baby shower was so special!! Thanks so much for celebrating the arrival of baby James, we are so in love with him and this brings us all extra joy. I can’t wait to make these recipes, especially someday with James when he grows up. xoxo!

    • Jamie — March 31st, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      You are welcome, Joanne! Give James a hug for me!

  3. JulieD — March 31, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Wow! You have introduced me to a whole new world of fluff, I love it!!! Thank you for sharing and for joining in on surprising Joanne!!! xoxo

    • Jamie — March 31st, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you, Julie!

  4. HJ — March 31, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I have made this for years and never pureed the cottage cheese. Just think had you known this trick, you could have used your hard earned tips for something else on your wish list and had fluff any time you wanted it. Just a thought! It is funny how we think some things can only be accomplished one way. Orange fluff has been a favorite of my family for 40 years. Our family was attending a family reunion and my son, 6, tasted this and it was the first time he had ever asked me to get the recipe. The rest is history as they say. I’m going to try the cranberry fluff. Thanks for these recipes.

    • Jamie — March 31st, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you, HJ! I hope you enjoy the cranberry fluff!

  5. hayhun529 — March 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Jamie!  I love this stuff!  And yes, I do love cottage cheese and leave it as curds!  But I should try it your way to see the difference.  My mom always added a can of crushed pineapple, drained and sometimes chopped up maraschino cherries!  Delicious!  What’s the calorie count for MFP anyway ;)

    • Jamie — March 31st, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Hi, Wendy! Calories don’t count, ever! Let me know how you like the pureed cottage cheese!

  6. Sommer @aspicyperspective — April 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I want a big bowl of this sweet happiness! pinned

    • Jamie — April 1st, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning, Sommer!

  7. Megan — April 1, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Wow!  I can’t remember the last time I have had a fluffy dessert like that!  It looks delicious AND beautiful!  Light enough for our upcoming warmer days!  :)  Thanks for sharing!

    • Jamie — April 1st, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Yes, it’s perfect for the summer months! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Heather @HeatherChristo — April 1, 2016 at 8:59 am

    This is just gorgeous!

    • Jamie — April 1st, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Heather!

  9. Lisa Richardson — April 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Too funny, we always called it (pink, orange, green) plaster, whatever color jello we used.  It’s good with nuts in it too!!

    • Jamie — April 4th, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Hi, Lisa! I’ll have to try the nuts! All the best to you!

  10. Tera — April 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    What is the individual serving size?

    • Jamie — April 4th, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hi, Tera! I would estimate each serving would be about 1 to 2 cups. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Pam — April 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I hate cottage cheese, is there a substitution?

    • Jamie — April 4th, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi, Pam! I suppose you could use plain Greek yogurt. Let me know how you like it!

  12. Scott — April 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Just made this today.  Oh my!!!  Delicious!  Major hit in my house.

    • Jamie — April 4th, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I’m so glad to hear that, Scott!

  13. Kat — April 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I have this same recipe I got from a coworker. But her version uses instant tapioca boxes instead of cottage cheese. 

    • Jamie — April 7th, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Hi, Kat! I’m finding a lot of different variations on this recipe. The tapioca sounds great! Take care!

  14. Shirley — April 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Can this be made with pineapple?

    • Jamie — April 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Yes, you can make it with canned pineapple and pineapple jell-o mix. I hope this helps!

  15. Liz — April 9, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I thought the cottage cheese was going to be strange. It wasn’t..
     The guys are cooing about how it is like ones made by aunties and grannies in the Midwest

    • Jamie — April 10th, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Isn’t it weird how good it is? And, ye, it’s definitely a Midwest thing! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  16. Joanna Metcalf — April 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I was looking for something to send to school for orange food day. The fifth graders will love it. Thank you.

    • Jamie — April 16th, 2016 at 9:07 am

      You’re welcome, Joanna! I hope the fifth graders enjoyed it!

  17. Christy — April 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I’m so happy to have found this recipe. I used to have it and I lost it several years ago. We must have loved cottage cheese because I didn’t have a food processor and just mixed the ingredients as is. Thank you for posting it.

    • Jamie — April 16th, 2016 at 9:05 am

      You’re very welcome, Christy!

  18. Vicki — April 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been enjoying this as “Orange Jell-O Salad” for most of my life. Recently I decided to try it in a strawberry and banana version using strawberry Jell-O and fresh strawberries and bananas. Try it, you’ll like it.

    • Jamie — April 19th, 2016 at 10:24 am

      That sounds wonderful, Vicki! I’m going to give it a try!

  19. Vicki — April 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I just noticed your recipe doesn’t call for pineapple like ours. The combination of fruits is great! I’ve never seen it without the pineapple. The “Lime Delight Salad” I make calls for pineapple, marshmallows, and nuts but no cottage cheese.

    • Jamie — April 19th, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Hi, Vicki! I’m definitely going to try pineapple next time!

  20. Victoria Howard — August 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    We have also added well-drained crushed pineapple to this!
    There’s a Pumpkin Fluff recipe too, that uses whipped topping, canned pumpkin , & pumpkin pie spice. It’s really good! You can make it with pumpkin pudding if you can find it.

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Jamie — August 26th, 2016 at 9:27 am

      You’re welcome, Victoria! Pumpkin Fluff sounds amazing!!!

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