Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

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Serve this creamy frosted cranberry dessert for a light, refreshing dessert to family and friends this season. Topped with fluffy Cool Whip and chopped walnuts, it’s a welcome change from the ordinary holiday dessert.

Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

It seems strange to be posting a “frosted”, icebox dessert when it is like an icebox outside. For those of you who don’t live in Ohio, let me fill you in on what Ohio winters are like: Ohio Winters=Awful. Dreadful. Nasty. Long.

Now I know that there are maybe like 5 days each winter that I look outside and am able to say “Wow” to the beauty of a pure white snow or ice that covers every single tree branch.  But mostly? Ohio winters a long, cold and dreary. I seriously think I’ve seen the sun one time in the past week and a half. Yes, I know it’s just the beginning. Ugh.

Although it is cold in Ohio, I know it is warm somewhere out there. Perfect temperatures for eating a frosty, creamy cranberry dessert. But this fruity dish is good enough that I’ll just dress in another layer if I have to in order to enjoy it.

Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

Easy, Make Ahead Christmas Dessert

6 simple ingredients. Sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, chopped pecans and Cool Whip.  This dessert literally takes minutes to whip up. Yes, you’ll have to let it freeze and spread some Cool Whip on it before serving, but it’s worth the wait. Another great dessert that you can make up in advance. Before holiday guests invade your home.

It’s sweet and a little sour. It’s creamy but with some crunch. And you’ll make it in a 9×13 pan, which means it will be great to take to serve to a crowd of 15. Or 12 if you’re like our family and like big plates of dessert.

Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

Let me know if you enjoy this dessert while sitting on your deck, feeling the warmth of the sun on your back. And think of me while I eat it under blankets, in front of the fire. 🙂

slice of cranberry dessert on a plate
slice of cranberry dessert on a plate

Creamy Frosted Cranberry Dessert

4.41 from 5 votes
Serve this creamy frosted cranberry dessert for a light, refreshing dessert to family and friends this season. Topped with fluffy Cool Whip and chopped walnuts, it's a welcome change from the ordinary holiday dessert.
Servings 15
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

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  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 16 ounces whole cranberry sauce
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans divided
  • 16 ounces whipped topping thawed


  • In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk and the lemon juice. Stir in the cranberry sauce, pineapple and 1 cup of pecans. 
  • Fold in 8 ounces of whipped topping. Spread the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Freeze for 2 hours or until firm. 
  • Frost with the remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup pecans. Return to the freezer.
  • Remove the dessert 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serves 15.



The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 piece. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 297
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Patty Bye
5 years ago

5 stars
Very good & easy to make!

Jerri Lynn
5 years ago

So is this with walnuts or pecans?

9 years ago

I could see this being a HUGE hit at Christmas! Looks delectable, ladies!!

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

This dessert looks so refreshing!!

Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
9 years ago

I could always have a frozen treat no matter what the weather is outside 🙂 Especially if it looks this amazing! I love how easy this is to whip up too!

9 years ago

I hate winter as well! Being in WV isn’t as bad as Ohio, but it’s still cold and miserable. Love this treat! Pinned it!

Thalia @ butter and brioche
9 years ago

5 stars
How delicious is this frozen cranberry slice! I am just loving how simple and little ingredients it requires too. The perfect no fuss dessert for this Christmas!

Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl
9 years ago

I love desserts like this! With fruit and Cool Whip! Light and fruity! These are the kind of desserts that on holidays we call a ‘salad’ in my family. Lol! I do know Ohio winters and I’m happy to say that I no longer have to experience them. Whew! I pray your winter is not like last year! Stay warm up there! 🙂