The Perfect 3 Ingredient, No-Cook Holiday Side: Cranberry Fluff

I’ve shared my Cranberry Fluff recipe before- but I’ve perfected it. And though my Grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave, I’ve made it easier… and maybe a smidgen tastier. (Sorry, Mam!)

This is seriously the EASIEST Holiday side you will ever make! It’s delicious, contains cranberries- making it perfect for this time of year, and everyone is always wowed by it. I have to make it (for both sides of my family) every Thanksgiving. So, I thought I’d share my secrets with you.

First, gather your ingredients- ya know, all 3 of them.

cranberry-fluff-ingredientsThat’s all you need; cranberries, walnuts, and cool whip. I prefer creamy, but whatever you like is fine. (BONUS- I tried this recipe with the So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Whip and it was just as good. And DAIRY FREE! But, back to you dairy people…)

cranberry-fluff-cranberriesBe sure to rinse your cranberries and check for bad ones. Sometimes you’ll get a soft or rotten one, make sure to get those out. Then let them dry for a few minutes. Wet cranberries mixed with whipped cream is not tasty.

cranberry-fluff-diced-cranberriesThese next steps you’re going to need a food processor for. My Mam also sometimes used a meat grinder. But, I’m betting you’re more likely to own a food processor. Just chop the cranberries until they’re a nice, smaller consistency. A little chunky, but not too much.


Do the same with about 1/2 that bag of walnuts, depending on what size you use. It’s not an exact science, which is another reason I love this recipe so much.

cranberry-fluff-mixtureToss your chopped cranberries and walnuts together in a bowl.

cranberry-fluff-creamGo ahead and put in that whole container of whipped cream. We’re not on diets here- this is the Holidays.

cranberry-fluff-mixture-2You can go ahead and stop at this point if you like. You’ll have a nice tart and somewhat pinkish mixture. But, it’s delicious nonetheless. My Mam swore by putting a few drops of red food coloring in to make it a little prettier. I have to agree it looks much more appetizing. But, if you don’t like red dye…feel free to leave it out. She also used to put a little extra sugar in, but I prefer it more tart.

cranberry-fluff-final3And that’s it! I bet you didn’t even work up a sweat preparing this cranberry fluff. No cooking, no baking, no stressing. You can wow your guests with minimal work, and that’s always a win in my book!


What’s your favorite Holiday side? Let me know if you try my family’s recipe- and I would love to know what you think.



Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!


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