Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

This sweet tart mousse takes only 20 minutes to make and provides a light, airy dessert option.

Fluffy Cranberry Mousse
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
24 (1/4-cup) servings or 12 (1/2-cup) servings


  • ½ 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ cup frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed

  • 1 16 ounce can whole cranberry sauce

  • 1 ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 recipe Sweetened Cranberries *

Sweetened Cranberries

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon water


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add cranberry concentrate, beating until very smooth. In a small bowl stir the whole cranberry sauce to remove any large lumps; set aside.

  2. In a chilled large mixing bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold about half the cranberry sauce and half the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined. Fold in the remaining cranberry sauce and whipped cream.

  3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours (stir before serving if chilled). To serve, spoon fluff into a large serving bowl, 24 chilled demitasse cups, or 12 chilled small dessert dishes. Spoon Sweetened Cranberries on top just before serving. Makes 24 (1/4-cup) servings or 12 (1/2-cup) servings.

Sweetened Cranberries

  1. In a medium skillet combine cranberries, sugar, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and cranberries just begin to pop. Remove from heat. Cover and chill until serving time.

Frozen Cranberry Fluff:

Prepare as above through Step 2. Spoon cranberry mixture into 24 freezer-safe demitasse cups or 12 freezer-safe small dessert dishes. Cover and freeze for 24 hours or until firm. To serve, uncover and let stand for 1 to 2 minutes to soften slightly. Top with Sweetened Cranberries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

109 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 109
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Potassium 19mg 0%
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.