Whole-berry cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple and mini marshmallows combine with whipped topping to create a perfectly sweet and tangy Thanksgiving side dish in this Cranberry Fluff.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m very much into easy, festive cranberry recipes right now. From cranberry cream cheese dip and cranberry brie bites to this cranberry fluff, I’m crushing hard on all things cranberry at the moment.
If you’re also a cranberry lover, you’ll definitely want to keep checking back because I have more cranberry recipes coming your way!
MY FAVORITE THANKSGIVING SIDE DISH
My absolute favorite Thanksgiving side dish is Cranberry Fluff – it’s sweet tangy, and the perfect companion to savory Thanksgiving fare.
I can’t be the only one that loads up my Thanksgiving plate with every side dish available – in double and triple servings – with just a nod (and a few bites) of roast turkey.
I’m not gonna lie – all the savory stuff still gets covered in gravy, but the sweet sides, like sweet potato casserole and this Cranberry Fluff – oh man. A few bites of savory, then a few bites of sweet, tangy, cool almost-dessert-but-not-quite Fluff.
I don’t think there’s anything better in life, at least when it comes to a Thanksgiving meal.
WHAT IS CRANBERRY FLUFF?
I was first introduced to this cranberry dessert years ago by my stepmom and it was most definitely love at first bite.
Cranberry Fluff is made with just a few simple ingredients:
- Whole-berry cranberry sauce
- Crushed pineapple
- Whipped topping
- Mini marshmallows
I mean, how can you go wrong with cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple and miniature marshmallows? It’s like a match made in Thanksgiving heaven.
Some might argue that, similar to Ambrosia Salad, this recipe is a dessert and not a side dish. I’ll say that it can be either! It just depends on if you like mixing sweet and savory on your plate or if you like to keep them separate.
The recipe calls for a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce, but you could also use my homemade cranberry sauce if you had some extra on hand. It is a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, too!
HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY FLUFF
I’m telling you, this stuff is so stinkin’ easy to make.
In a large bowl, stir together the cranberry sauce and drained, crushed pineapple.
Fold in the thawed whipped topping until well combined, and then fold in the mini marshmallows.
You’re done! Now it just needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
How long did that take you to prep? 5 minutes? That’s basically no time at all, especially compared to how much everyone will rave about it at the Thanksgiving table!
Whip this up the night before or the morning of Thanksgiving and sit back and enjoy all of the compliments you’ll get from your family. The fact that it only took 5 minutes to make will be our secret.
Wednesday 16th of November 2022
I, too, only take a small amount of turkey because all the other items are so good.
Wednesday 16th of November 2022
Glad to know I'm not alone! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Happy baking! Jamie
Tuesday 23rd of November 2021
I love this Cranberry Fluff also, we need our special club because this stuff is that good! I remember this when I was a child and it has been around for at least 50 + years. Our recipe is just a tad different, we used whole cranberries that we chopped in the blender then let them set in fridge overnight with sugar. Then we mixed the other ingredients and we added chopped pecans also. What a wonderful side this is to have at the holidays. I have taken it to many parties and gatherings and has always been welcomed.
Wednesday 15th of December 2021
So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Trish! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Wednesday 10th of November 2021
It also is delicious as a fruit dip for apples and strawberries.
Wednesday 17th of November 2021
Love this idea, Cara!
Monday 23rd of December 2019
I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it! I’m making it again for Christmas and adding some chopped pecans.
Sunday 18th of November 2018
I look forward to trying your recipe, Thank You for sharing ☺ Sincerely, Robin Edwards
Monday 19th of November 2018
Thanks so much for stopping by, Robin! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie