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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!

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Cranberry Fluff
Cranberry Fluff
Cranberry Fluff
Cranberry Fluff

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.

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

And now, well I’m a huge fan of them!

I don’t have a lot of cranberry recipes on here, but the few I do, I REALLY like.


Cranberry Fluff


Some of my favorites 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!

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 and 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.

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


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!

Cranberry Fluff

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 Servings


  • 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cups heavy whipping cream


  1. In a food processor, dice cranberries.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cranberries, marshmallows.
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  4. Now there are two ways to do this Salad. The old fashioned overnight way, and the new same day way.
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  6. Old Fashioned way: Cover and place above mixture in the fridge overnight.
  7. The next day, Add grapes to the cranberry mixture.
  8. Blend up whipping cream with no sugar until stiff peaks form. Mix into cranberry mixture. Serve immediately or store in fridge, covered, until ready to serve.
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  10. If doing same day version: Add grapes to the cranberry mixture and mix.
  11. Blend whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form and fold into cranberry mixture, until everything is well coated.
  12. Chill for several hours until ready to serve. Mix before serving.





Originally Posted: October 26, 2016

Updated: November 14, 2017

32 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!

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