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

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Cranberry Pink Stuff Dessert

Cranberry Pink Stuff Dessert

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!




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


  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 shredded 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


  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.

Will You Serve Pink Stuff At Your Next Holiday Meal?

Country Sunshine (author) from Texas on January 04, 2013:

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

MiaMusement on January 04, 2013:

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.

Country Sunshine (author) from Texas on January 04, 2013:

@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!

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

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.

dumpstergourmet on December 07, 2012:

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!

VeseliDan on December 07, 2012:

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

Country Sunshine (author) from Texas on December 04, 2012:

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

MiaMusement on December 04, 2012:

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

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