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Cranberry Pink Stuff Recipe | Step-by-Step Directions for a Holiday Dessert

Updated on July 21, 2015
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Cranberry Pink Stuff Dessert
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Pink Stuff - A Holiday Recipe Tradition

My family enjoys celebrating holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. For each of these holidays, we get together at my parent's house where we enjoy a family meal.

The traditional dessert at these family gatherings is Pink Stuff. Originally, it was made by my great-aunt Olive. When she passed away, it was up to me to keep this tradition alive.

Pink Stuff is a light, delicious, sweet dessert. It can also be served as a side dish, or even as a left-over snack! The longer it is kept in the refrigerator, the better the flavor!

Ingredients

Ingredients
Ingredients

It's best to prepare Pink Stuff a couple of days before you plan to serve it. The longer it chills in your refrigerator, the better the flavors blend.

Pink Stuff Recipe - Part 1

  • 1 package fresh cranberries (12 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. Chop cranberries and put into a bowl.
  2. Add sugar, and stir until cranberries are coated.
  3. Cover bowl of sweetened cranberries with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
Pink Stuff Recipe Ingredients - Copyright CountrySunshine
Pink Stuff Recipe Ingredients - Copyright CountrySunshine

Pink Stuff Recipe - Part 2

  • 2/3 cup coconut
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple (juice can be drained - your preference)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Remove sweetened cranberries from refrigerator, and uncover
  2. Stir in fruits, nuts and marshmallows
  3. Whip cream, then fold first mixture into whipped cream
  4. Refrigerate overnight, then serve
  5. Enjoy!

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Mini Dessert Cups

If you prefer individual servings to a traditional family setting, consider serving your Pink Stuff in dessert cups.

Just Desserts Mini Bowl 25-Piece Set
Just Desserts Mini Bowl 25-Piece Set

These mini glass bowls hold 5 ounces of Pink Stuff, which is plenty for a holiday meal. Simply spoon your Pink Stuff into these bowls the day before your meal, and they'll be ready to serve when you are.

The perfect size to complement any meal, and sturdy enough to use for holidays to come.

 

Step by Step Recipe Instructions

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Chop 12 ounces of fresh cranberries, and place in a bowl.Add 1/2 cup of sugar, and stir until cranberries are lightly coated.Cover cranberry mixture with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.Add 2/3 cup of coconut to sweetened cranberry mixture.Add one small can of crushed pineapple.Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecansAdd 2/3 cup of mini marshmallowsIn a mixing bowl, whip one pint heavy whipping cream.Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream.Refrigerate overnight, then serve at your holiday meal!
Chop 12 ounces of fresh cranberries, and place in a bowl.
Chop 12 ounces of fresh cranberries, and place in a bowl.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar, and stir until cranberries are lightly coated.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar, and stir until cranberries are lightly coated.
Cover cranberry mixture with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
Cover cranberry mixture with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
Add 2/3 cup of coconut to sweetened cranberry mixture.
Add 2/3 cup of coconut to sweetened cranberry mixture.
Add one small can of crushed pineapple.
Add one small can of crushed pineapple.
Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
Add 2/3 cup of mini marshmallows
Add 2/3 cup of mini marshmallows
In a mixing bowl, whip one pint heavy whipping cream.
In a mixing bowl, whip one pint heavy whipping cream.
Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream.
Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream.
Refrigerate overnight, then serve at your holiday meal!
Refrigerate overnight, then serve at your holiday meal!

Will You Serve Pink Stuff At Your Next Holiday Meal?

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      @MiaMusement: Glad you enjoyed it! Now you can start a new holiday tradition!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      That's really interesting, Tipi. BTW, I did make this (I drained the pineapple), and it was attractive and quite tasty -- and a big hit! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I wasn't aware of the 5% fresh, but it makes sense. It's tough to find fresh cranberries in the store unless it is close to a major holiday!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a sweet way to remember your great-aunt Olive at family gatherings for holidays....you had my tongue doing that twangy thing that cranberry makes it do. Simple, pretty, and delicious...its an all win for Pink Stuff. Interestingly, I was just by coincidence at a lens about drinks with cranberries and learned that only 5% are sold fresh, the rest are processed in juices, dried or whatever else is done with them.

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      dumpstergourmet 4 years ago

      This looks really similar to a recipe my Grandma always made. We usually run our cranberries through a food processor or other grinding tool and I'm not sure we use coconut, sub walnuts for pecans and you'll be at our family table! Great lens!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      You have provided great instructions on how to make Cranberry Pink Stuff. I love the pictures too. I will try out this recipe. *blessed*

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      @MiaMusement: It's best if you drain the pineapple, but it will work either way. Hope you enjoy it!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Do you drain the crushed pineapple or add it with juice? Sounds yummy and festive!