Peppermint fluff is a light and airy dessert made with marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, whipped topping, peppermint candies & marshmallows!
Our easy peppermint fluff recipe is the perfect holiday dessert that is simple to make ahead and will disappear quickly at your next get together! We love to it along with Grinch hot chocolate and microwave peanut brittle.
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Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 Ready in less than 10 minutes!
📌 Fresh peppermint flavors mixed with fluffy marshmallows.
📌 A simple dessert you can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Peppermint Fluff Ingredients
- Marshmallow fluff – Also known as marshmallow cream.
- Cream cheese – Softened.
- Whipped topping – Like cool whip, thawed completely.
- Peppermint extract – For the fresh peppermint flavor.
- Marshmallows – Mini marshmallows.
- Peppermint candies – Candy canes or peppermints, crushed.
- Food coloring – Red food coloring (optional)
How do you make peppermint fluff? (Step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, beat together the marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, whipped topping, peppermint extract and food coloring until smooth.
⭐ Next, mix in the mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies.
⭐ Then, refrigerate until ready to serve.
⭐ Finally, sprinkle a few more crushed candies on top for garnish. Serve and enjoy!
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
Can I make peppermint fluff ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great make ahead recipe! In fact this recipe is best after being refrigerated for at least 1 hour. Peppermint fluff can be made a day or two in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to serve.
Can I use homemade whipped cream?
Yes, you can but if you are making it a day or two in advance, it will work best to use stabilized whipped cream/whipped topping.
If you use homemade whipped cream make sure it’s whipped to stiff peaks before stirring in and then serve immediately after preparing.
Can I add cottage cheese?
Yes, I actually love this with cottage cheese. You can sub for part of the whipped topping, or just add it as an extra. (A dollop of sour cream is nice too!).
Leftovers and storage
How long will peppermint fluff last?
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Stir leftovers before serving to reincorporate any separation.
Can you freeze peppermint fluff?
We do not recommend freezing this recipe.
Tips and tricks
Is it a side dish or a dessert?
In the south and midwest, this is typically served as a side dish (I guess that’s why it’s called a fluff salad!), but I’ve found in the northeast and on the west coast it’s often served as a dessert.
Nuts or no nuts?
Chopped nuts are a great addition to this kind of dish. They add a nice variety of texture. Make sure to sprinkle some on top as garnish so folks know there are nuts in it!
Frequently asked questions
What can I use instead of food coloring for a natural coloring option?
To achieve a natural red or pink coloring, you can use ingredients like beet juice or pomegranate juice. Start with a small amount and gradually add more until you achieve the desired color. Keep in mind that natural colors may have a subtle flavor impact.
Can I make a larger batch of peppermint fluff for a big gathering?
Absolutely! Simply double or triple the ingredients to make a larger batch. Make sure you have a spacious mixing bowl to accommodate the increased volume of ingredients. Adjust the sweetness and flavor to taste as you scale up the recipe.
Are there any garnish options besides crushed peppermint candies?
Certainly! You can garnish your peppermint fluff with chocolate shavings, white chocolate chips, or even a drizzle of melted chocolate for an extra touch of indulgence. Chopped fresh mint leaves or a sprinkle of cocoa powder can also be visually appealing.
Can I adjust the level of peppermint flavor to suit my preference?
Yes, you can adjust the peppermint flavor by adding more or less peppermint extract. Start with the recommended amount and taste the mixture before adding additional extract. This way, you can achieve the level of peppermint flavor that you prefer.
What to enjoy with peppermint fluff (serving suggestions)
This dish will have your family and friends coming back for more! It is light and fluffy and we LOVE serving it as a side dish with some of our favorite holiday meals like brown sugar glazed ham, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn.
More delicious fluff recipes
- Cherry fluff
- Strawberry fluff
- Orange fluff salad
- Pineapple fluff
- Oreo fluff
- Cookie salad
- Fruit salad with cool whip
- Watergate salad
Other awesome minty recipes
- Mint chocolate muddy buddies
- Chocolate peppermint cookies
- Peppermint brownies
- Peppermint mocha
- Sugar cookie peppermint sticks
- See all our minty recipes!
Tools we love
- Party bowl – This bowl is pretty, and doesn’t weigh a billion pounds and won’t shatter if dropped.
- Stainless and copper serving spoons – These are gorgeous!
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How to Make Peppermint Fluff
- 1 jar marshmallow fluff (7.5 ounces)
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- ¼ cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes plus more for topping
- 1 to 2 drops red food coloring optional
- Using an electric mixer, beat together the marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, whipped topping, peppermint extract and food coloring (if using), until smooth.
- Mix in the mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Top with crushed peppermint candies or candy canes before serving.
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