Pull out some of your frozen cranberries and make a cranberry fluff “salad”. This is similar to a Watergate salad (pistachio fluff) but uses cranberries instead of pistachio pudding. If you have used up all your frozen cranberries, then by all means just make the Watergate salad instead. (Link is to the original recipe, but note that I don’t use Cool Whip, I always make my own whipped cream instead.)

For the cranberry fluff, you’ll want to use a food processor. And this is one of those recipes that you’ll probably want to make the day before you want to serve it. But there’s no cooking involved so you don’t need to heat up your kitchen. 

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Add the cranberries to a food processor and pulse until they are well chopped, but not mushy.
  2. Pour the cranberries into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and pineapple and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or longer. Drain most of the juice.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Pour in the cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream blend into the cranberry blend. Fold in marshmallows.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

(Image credit: my own photos)

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