Grandma’s Cherry Fluff

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Grandma’s Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins. Originally called Cool Whip Dessert on Grandma’s handwritten recipe card, this vintage dessert recipe is still a hit with all ages.

Cherry Cool Whip Salad

This cherry dump salad is easy as pie, cherry pie that is! It’s a vintage no-bake, whipped topping-based dessert with five simple ingredients, including cherry pie filling, sweetened condensed milk, chopped pecans, crushed pineapple and cool whip.

Mix all the ingredients together and 2 hours later, you have a family-pleasing dessert for all ages.  This is the perfect recipe to bring to a pitch-in for the holidays.

This pink stuff can be made a couple days ahead of time, wrapped tightly, and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Just be sure not to sample this tasty salad, and then double dip.  That’s a big no no.  This will cause the salad to break down and be watery.

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Grandma’s Cherry Fluff Salad

Barbara found this recipe in our grandma’s wooden recipe box, so she decided to whip it up for some friends that were visiting from out of town.  It was a hands-down hit with her daughters and the adults alike.  There’s something about the cold, whipped, cherry flavor that just screams nostalgia.

This is also a classic recipe for any pitch-in, get together, family reunion or holiday.  It makes a large bowl and is a hit.  Plus, the nostalgia of a Cool Whip Salad takes everyone back to the past.  I love nostalgia!

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

This dessert with Cool Whip and cherry pie filling, also called cherry dump salad or cool whip dessert, is essentially one simple step.  It uses one bowl, and it can be the same one you serve it.  You do need to drain the pineapple first.  I find that a fine mesh sieve works the best for draining pineapple.  I got one for my wedding ten years ago, and I use it quite regularly.

Grandma had the best dessert recipes including Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee CakeGrandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon PieGrandma’s Rhubarb Streusel Dessert, and Easy Cherry Crisp.

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

What’s a substitute for crushed pineapple?

Pulverize canned pineapple chunks or tidbits to make your own crushed pineapple.

How to use leftover pineapple juice from canned pineapple?

This is easy. Make a Pina Colada with leftover pineapple juice.  We love this Amaretto Pina Colada recipe.

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

How to Make Cherry Fluff Dessert

  1. Drain crushed pineapple.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together cherry pie filling, sweetened condensed milk, chopped pecans, drained crushed pineapple and cool whip.
  3. Refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

That’s it. Two steps, 5 simple ingredients.

For the full recipe and ingredient list for cherry dump salad, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Notes About Cherry Pie Fluff:

  • This easy recipe has 2 steps, and only 5 ingredients.
  • Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk.
  • Drain the crushed pineapple first before adding to the Cherry Cool Whip Salad.
  • Be sure to chill it for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.
  • This Cool Whip Salad is very versatile. Use Strawberry Pie Filling or Blueberry Pie Filling instead of Cherry if desired. Or try this Cranberry Fluff version with fresh, ground cranberries.
  • Looking for recipes using cherry pie filling? Try Cherry Crock Pot Ham and Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars.

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Fluff Dessert with Cool Whip Ingredients:

Cherry Pie Filling

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Crushed Pineapple, drained

Pecans, chopped

Cool Whip

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Favorite Old-Fashioned Cool Whip Desserts

Interested in other “Fluff” Cool Whip desserts? Try these:

Pistachio Salad

Southern Ambrosia

Pistachio Fluff (Watergate Salad)

Strawberry Delight Dessert

Red Hot Fluff

Pretzel Salad

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.
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Grandma's Cherry Fluff

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Refrigerate2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry dump salad, Cherry Fluff Dessert, Grandma's Cherry Fluff
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. cherry pie filling, canned
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 oz. cool whip

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Be sure the pineapple is drained first. Mix until completely incorporated.
    Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.
  • Chill for a minimum 2 hours before serving. 
    Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Notes

  • This easy recipe has 2 steps, and only 5 ingredients.
  • Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk. 
  • Drain the crushed pineapple first before adding to the Cherry Cool Whip Salad. 
  • Be sure to chill it for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.
  • This Cool Whip Salad is very versatile. Use Strawberry Pie Filling or Blueberry Pie Filling instead of Cherry if desired. 
  • Looking for recipes using cherry pie filling? Try Cherry Crock Pot Ham and Glazed Oatmeal Cherry Bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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14 Comments

  1. This is what my nephew named Pink Stuff, always asking for it. In my version, you add softened cream cheese, a little lemon juice, and then freeze it. Before serving like ice cream you set it out to soften just a bit. Oh, and no draining the pineapple. I think the official name was Frozen Fruit Salad in a cookbook from work.

  2. My grandma used to make something similar to this, all the ingredients were the same, but it had no pineapple and added the juice of one lemon, then was put in a graham crust and frozen. It tasted like cherry ice cream as a pie. It was called “Joy Pie,” from some old cookbook she had, I don’t know which one. We all oved it and felt like it wasn’t Christmas if she didn’t make this.

  3. just made the Grandmas Cherry fluff according to the recipe just waiting for it to set in the fridge for another hour before serving I tried a little on a spoon while making it it tasted like the pink stuff except for straw berries you add cherries and I think this recipe for the Cherry Fluff you could possibly add marshmallows to it just an idea that may even make it even more delicous.

  4. My family loves this recipe! I have made it with blueberry pie filling also, and it is just as good.

    1. Blueberry pie filling sounds amazing too! Thanks for sharing and we are so glad your family loves it as much as we do!

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