Cherry Fluff

Cherry Fluff dessert salad is one of my favorite cherry recipes!  This easy dump and go salad is perfectly sweet, pretty and pink!

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Cherry Fluff dessert salad is one of my favorites! This easy dump and go salad is perfectly sweet, pretty and pink! |


Sometimes it’s a relief to make up a dessert that takes about five minutes and some time in the fridge.  This is definitely one of those desserts.  Those five minutes of prep will be amply rewarded with the moans and sighs of pure pleasure when your family or guests dive face first into this incredible dessert salad.

Cherry Fluff. 'Nuff said. This easy dump and go salad is perfectly sweet, pretty and pink! |

Cherry Fluff is a lot like pistachio fluff in that it’s a dump and stir dessert.  A can of this, a can of that, throw in some marshmallows, a handful of coconut, stir it up and voila. You’ve got a dessert that is totally gorgeous, fun, and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cherry Fluff is a great dessert to prepare anytime of year but is especially fun for Valentine’s Day, Christmas and even Easter.  The pretty pink color of the salad is just too much to resist and once the little ones discover the sweet marshmallows hidden inside…well, let’s just say you better have gotten your bowl first.

It’s recipes like this that will bring smiles to your guests face and will also have them asking you for the recipe later.  Trust me.  I love that this recipe makes up a generous amount – plenty for a party.  If you’re just making it for your family, you’ll definitely be rewarded with leftovers which can be enjoyed throughout the week.

Cherry Fluff. 'Nuff said. This easy dump and go salad is perfectly sweet, pretty and pink! |

When you’ve got just a few minutes to spare, this is definitely a dessert you should turn to.  If you have loads of time on your hands, make this, and then go read a magazine or catch up on Real Housewives.  Your choice.  Just make this so you can thank me later :)


Cherry Fluff
Cherry Fluff dessert salad is one of my favorite cherry recipes! This easy dump and go salad is perfectly sweet, pretty and pink!
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip (I use lite)
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)
  • 1 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened or sweetened is fine)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Fold in remaining three ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

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  1. Fluff always tastes sooo good! Fantastic recipe :)

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  2. We’ve had this in my family for a couple decades sans coconut and marshmallows and call it Pink Salad. LOVE it and it’s mandatory when certain friends come for the weekend. Also holds up fantastically to freezing (though I’m not sure if the marshmallows would).

    Tip: go through and cut your cherries in half to check for pits. =)

  3. I love it when I find a yummy recipe, and I already have all the ingredients to make it! My kids are going to love this! Thanks for sharing, Trish!! =)
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  4. This looks really good! I love the pretty pink color too!
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  5. Dawn Markum says:

    I don’t like coconut. Do you think it would work leaving it out?

  6. Can’t wait to try this! I’m glad to see some have made it w/o coconut! My family and I aren’t fans! This sounds so good!!!

  7. This sounds like something’s my grandmama made. Do you think I could make this with fresh or frozen cherries… Or is the sauce from the canned cherries important? Thank you!

    • The pie filling helps act as a binder and thickener with the rest of the ingredients, and gives it the pink color. Nothing says you couldn’t add some fresh or frozen! =) I would make sure to pat them as dry as possible (esp. if frozen) so they don’t add too much moisture though, it could get too thin.

      • Thank you! Have a great weekend!

        • I’m sure you’ve already made this, but in case you are signed up for email notifications I thought I would share what my family does. We use a thing on cool whip and a block of cream cheese. We mix these together well and adding a little maraschino cherry juice if we need to thin it out some. Then we take a can of sliced pineapple and cut it into pieces, about half of a bag of mini marshmallows, and most of the cherries from a jar of marachino cherries halved and mix together. If it isn’t pink enough we add more cherry juice.

  8. My MIL makes a dessert like this and it is so good! Have a great weekend!
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  9. Love, love, love this!! My mom has made this forever and we call it “Pink Stuff”. We also have a variation called “Purple Gravy” where we use blueberry pie filling instead of cherry. These are the kind of salads I can really get behind! :)

    • my mom makes what we call ‘green stuff’ similar to this takes a pkg pistachio pudding container cool whip an a drained can crushed pineapple mix all together its sooo good …def gonna give this fluff (pink stuff) a try

  10. Yummy!! Sounds delicious and love that it’s quick to make!
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  11. this looks like a fun dessert and good for a crowd!
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  12. I just want to say that these pictures made me so hungry for good desserts!:) I loved all the cheery desserts! I have a sweet tooth for fluff as well!

  13. Hi Trish! Oh, I love this!! Plus pink is my favorite color, too! :) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you have a happy and fabulous weekend!
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  15. I have no idea why I’ve never made a recipe like this- so easy! Thanks for sharing, I’m totally making this tomorrow :) Following you on facebook and google+!

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  16. Hi Trish! We love salads like this in our house. It’s like an excuse to eat dessert with your dinner! I actually made a very similar salad this weekend for one of our meals…we call it “Pink Ambrosia” because the cherries turn the cool whip pink. So pretty!

  17. Bonnie N says:

    I make this using raspberries making my own raspberry mixture. This recipe can be adapted to any flavor using the corresponding Jell-O flavor. (My recipe uses Jell-O)

  18. That Cherry Fluff looks so yummy. I would love for you to share this on my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)
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  19. I’ve never had this before but it looks super fun!
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  20. Thank you Trish for the nice desserts.

  21. I make this every year for the holidays.
    It is my favorite, it’s wonderful!

  22. This recipe looks amazing! pinned!

  23. This looks delicious, but I have a question. A number of recipes I’ve looked at lately call for canned pineapple. When the recipe does not specify sweet or unsweetened, which should be used, or does it matter? Thanks for all the great recipes you share!

  24. Hello, I just tried making this recipe as a test run. It came out super runny, even after being in the fridge for 2 hours. Can you give me some tips on how to get it from being runny?

  25. This brings back memories of my grandma! Can I make this ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge overnight? or does the cool whip get weird ?

  26. I love this recipe but have to confess that I have modified it and added in cream cheese for “richness”. LOL As if this needs it!! The cream cheese just does something a little extra that I love!!

  27. I got this basic recipe from my mom whose family has been making it for years. I make it every holiday myself, but I moved overseas and can’t find any cool whip now. Do you have any suggestions for a decent replacement? Everyone is telling me to use a basic cream but I’ve done it once and it just wasn’t right. Wasn’t as fluffy and not the same sweetness or flavor. They don’t understand the magic in Cool Whip!! Hellllp :/

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  29. My version is with out marshmallows and coconut ,instead I use bananas. It’s called Banana Split salad and it does remind you of a banana split.

  30. I makes this , but I freeze it. I like this way much better…not so cold on the teeth!
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  31. Mom, tasty recipe!!! Run to enjoy the heaven food:)

  32. We’ve made this for years, but we used a can of fruit cocktail, drained in ours. We didn’t use the condensed milk, and we put a package of jello powder in ours to make it pink. We always called it Pink Stuff. I’ve also made it using different flavor jello powder & the colored mini marshmallows. I really like it with orange jello The jello can be sugar free if prefered..

  33. Gee Fanuiel says:

    Recipe: Cherry Fluff

    Would like to know if there is another form of coconut to use in this recipe. I do not like the strings in coconut. Is there a coconut abstract? Additionally, what do you think about chopping the nuts real fine as to not have large chunks of nuts. Would love to hear some comments., (PLEASE)

  34. This is a great recipe. Thank for share !

  35. I never love to cook but I always search many other different recipe and ideas. Thanks Trish. I will always visit this website.

  36. Brytaney Ambrose says:

    Wonder how long you could freeze this for? I’m having surgery and to have something to snack on.

  37. Jeri Adams says:

    I’ve made a fruit dessert salad for many many years now. It’s called frog’s eye salad. In this recipe you add acini di pepe pasta (hence, the frog’s eye name). I usually measure out about a cup dry. A dressing is made from sugar, pineappIe juice, a beaten egg and flour cooked on the stove until thickened and then cooled, then stirring in a little lemon juice. Combine with the cooled pasta and refrigerated for several hours or overnight – most soaks right into the pasta. Just fold in the remaining ingredients and cool whip and you’re good to go!! I think this pasta/dressing would work wonderfully with your recipe as well. Especially, for people who aren’t fond of coconut or would like to try something different….

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