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Cranberry Fluff is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any great meal. A simple, easy and kid friendly recipe that has been around for generations!

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It is FRESH cranberry season!!

Many years ago, I was an anti cranberry person.

I’ve never been a fan of the canned cranberry sauce, and my mom never cooked with fresh cranberries that I could ever recall.

So my cranberry exposure was low.

Therefore, I assumed I hated all things cranberry.



Cranberry Fluff - cranberries and marshmallows in a bowl



Well, until I started up this little website of mine and started recipe experimenting with cranberries.

And now I’m a huge fan of them!

Every year I look forward to cranberry season and start watching for fresh ones to hit the shelves starting September.

I’m the crazy lady who stocks up as soon as they are out.

When you are a recipe blogger you cook and photograph ahead of every season. 



Cranberry Fluff - cranberries and marshmallows in a bowl the next morning.



I cook my turkey for Thanksgiving in August (if you can locate one). 

I also bake Christmas cookies in September!

Because I’ve become a fan of cranberries, I’ve learned to cook with them.

Some of my favorite recipes are Orange Cranberry Bread & Raspberry Cranberry Sauce.

Both are so good that they are made yearly when fresh cranberries are in season!

And now I can add this Cranberry Fluff to the mix!



Cranberry Fluff - grapes added to cranberries



What I love about this Cranberry Fluff is that it uses fresh ingredients and isn’t overly sweet.

It’s a simple side dish that anyone can make – new or expert chef.

This Cranberry Fluff goes great with not only Thanksgiving dinner, but Christmas dinner and any meal in between!

I decided to whip this up when some friends of our invited us over for dinner one night.

We offered to bring a side dish with the understanding that it would be a new recipe I’d be trying out on them.

This is 100% normal for me.



Cranberry Fluff - whipped cream whipped



Whenever we go to someones house, and I can bring something, it’s always some new recipe I’ve been tinkering with.

The same concept goes for anyone who comes to dinner at our place.

Generally, I make at least 1 new, never tried before item.

It’s a simple way to get a good sampling of what people really think about a new recipe.

Sometimes it needs a tweak or two, but occasionally I get it right the first try.



Cranberry Fluff - whipped cream added to cranberries



Our friends, agreed with us that this Cranberry Fluff was a delicious and simple side dish that would be welcomed at any meal.

Not only will it be on our Thanksgiving table this year, I’m going to whip up another batch tomorrow because I can’t stop thinking about it!

Update: 2018 – we are 100% hooked on this recipe STILL.

I’ve made it twice already this year and it will once again be going on our Thanksgiving table.  

We love how it offers different flavor combinations with the sweet & tangy.

And we love how you get crunchy with soft in the same bite.  



Cranberry Fluff - cranberry fluff in serving dish looking from above.



It’s a playground for your taste buds!  

There are two versions of this recipe – the old fashioned “overnight” version and the quick same day version.

We prefer the overnight version but you also wont hear us say no to the same day version too!

We love this Cranberry Fluff and I think you will too! 

If you make it, tag us and show off your tasty dish!


Yield: 10 Servings

Cranberry Fluff

Cranberry Fluff is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any great meal. A simple, easy and kid friendly recipe that has been around for generations!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  1. In a food processor, dice cranberries.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cranberries, marshmallows.


Now there are two ways to do this Salad. The old fashioned overnight way, and the new same day way.


Old Fashioned Way:

  1. Cover and place above mixture in the fridge overnight.
  2. The next day, Add grapes to the cranberry mixture.
  3. Blend up whipping cream with no sugar until stiff peaks form. Mix into cranberry mixture.
  4. Serve immediately or store in fridge, covered, until ready to serve.


Same Day Version:

  1. Add grapes to the cranberry mixture and mix.
  2. Blend whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form and fold into cranberry mixture, until everything is well coated.
  3. Chill for several hours until ready to serve. Mix before serving.


Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181 Total Fat: 4.4g Saturated Fat: 2.8g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 33mg Carbohydrates: 35.6g Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 26.4g Protein: 0.8g




Originally Posted: October 26, 2016

Updated: November 14, 2018

36 thoughts on “Cranberry Fluff

    • Crystal, just eat it as it is. It’s a type of side dish salad. Though if you take the grapes out you can serve it as a dip with graham crackers or Nilla Wafers I suppose!

  1. My mother made cranberry fluff just like this whiIe I was growing up. Couldn’t get seedless grapes then and had to take the seeds out of all of the grapes while my Dad ground the cranberries in a countertop meat grinder. Great memories!

  2. I wanted to try this for a lunch potluck, but would have to add grapes and cream earlier in morning and refrigerate. Would it hold well blended hours prior or would using a cool whip instead of cream work better? Any suggestions?

    • Hi Natalie! Believe it or not I think I’v made this 4 times since I posted this recipe. It’s certainly a favorite of ours. I’ve played with the recipe to avoid the two step process and if you follow the New listed directions (I’ve updated them) then you should have great results. The key is to let the flavors meld and chill before serving. Hope this helps!

  3. I’m gonna try this as my side dish with an explanation (as yourself) that it’s new & my first try. We’re invited to Thanksgiving dinner with friends & my new friend is a culinary graduate. Nervouuusss!!!

    • Glenda, you have NOTHING to worry about when it comes to this side dish. Not only is it easy but EVERYONE raves about it. You are guaranteed to be crowned with Cook of the day with this recipe!

    • Stephanie, Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you liked this! It’s so easy and a huge hit everywhere we take it too! Now that you’ve been introduced to real cranberries, you should try my Orange Cranberry Bread. It’s delicious and also uses fresh cranberries!

  4. I would like to make this fluff…but it says,
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    “Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes”
    Why is that, did i miss something? It looks like no cooking, just mixing

    • Dee, Your comment made me laugh!! You are right, it doesn’t make sense! When I first posted this recipe I posted how to make it which had two parts which required quite a bit of chill fridge time. But since we eat this WEEKLY in our house I played with the recipe and converted it to a quick salad and forgot to change the time! I’ll update that now! Thanks for pointing that out! I hope you like it!

  5. “Pretty” is all I can say good about this recipe. Cranberries are awful, even when they’re put in the food processor. Don’t think I’ll be making this again.

    • Chris, thanks for your comment. If you aren’t a fan of cranberries, this certainly isn’t the dish for you seeing as it’s called Cranberry Fluff. I would suggest avoiding all things cranberry if you aren’t a fan. I hope the rest of your Thanksgiving is delicious!

  6. This has been a holiday staple in my family since my grandparents got married in the 40’s!

    Seriously, my family of 60+ loses their minds if it’s not on the table.

    Ours is slightly different. We grind the cranberries with 2 cups of sugar to cut the tartness, and let it sit overnight. The next day we add in 3 red delicious apples and walnuts along with the grapes and whipped cream.

    • Hi Anastasia! I’ve tried this recipe multiple ways and it comes out delicious every time. The original recipe that I posted said to do the cranberries and sugar overnight but then some were complaining that they needed a quick same day version. I should post both, since so many people know the overnight version! Thank you so much for your comment!

    • You don’t. Because the cranberries and marshmallows are marinating overnight, the marshmallows naturally add sweetness the cranberries. So no extra sugar is needed. In the same day version, the marshmallows don’t have time to sweeten the cranberries so you need the extra sugar to do it. I’ve done both versions and they are both great though I prefer the overnight version.

  7. I accidentally mixed the grapes in with the cranberries and marshmallows before refrigeration. Will the grapes mess it up not going in on day 2? Crao!!!

    • Meagan, do not panic! Your salad should turn out just fine! The grapes will probably soften and not be as crunchy but your salad overall will not be ruined! Plus no one has to know! It can be our secret!

  8. HELP! IM in the middle of making this but now i realise I only have green grapes. Can I use grean grapes? I have other stuff too…
    Pomegranate lemon banana pear watermelon strawberry blackberry blueberry raspberry
    What can I do?

    • Hi Rose! I’m assuming you mean green grapes instead of red grapes? If so, then Yes, any color of grape works great. Seedless is much appreciated by everyone but that’s up to you. If you are referring to a substitute for cranberries, alas there is no substitute for cranberries. Instead, just make a fluff salad with any fruit, marshmallows and whipped cream (soft peaks). Good Luck!

    • Jennifer that is a great question. If doing the overnight version, the sugar in the marshmallows seeps out and gently sweetens the cranberries. By adding sugar to the whipped cream the dish may become too sweet. You certainly could add sugar, however by giving the marshmallows time to meld with the cranberries it does the trick! Enjoy!

    • You can use a hand chopper, a Pulse small batches in your blender or hand cut them. A non-wire pastry blender might work too. The idea is to just get them into small pieces. Hope one of these ideas help!

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