Lemon Fluff

 

overhead shot of a dish of fluff with a scoop being taken out of a scooper
Refreshingly cool and creamy, lemon fluff is a no-bake dessert that is bursting with delicious citrus flavor. Lemon dessert fans will love this lip-smacking treat.
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Table of Contents
  1. Lemon Fluff Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make Lemon Fluff Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Lemon Fluff is a light and creamy no-bake dessert that is bursting with delicious citrus flavor. Sweet and tangy, this refreshing dessert combines sweet cream cheese with crushed pineapple for a tropical-tasting dessert that’s smooth and velvety. 

If you love citrusy no-bake dessert recipes you’ll also want to make no-bake lemon pie, no-bake orange creamsicle cheesecake, or ambrosia salad

close up shot of a bowl of lemon fluff

Lemon Fluff Ingredients

lemon fluff raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 2 (3-ounce) boxes of lemon jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (20-ounce) can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) container of whipped topping, use only 12-ounces for the fluff and reserve four ounces for topping and garnishing

Substitutions and Additions

LEMON JELLO: This fluffy salad recipe would be tasty with a variety of different flavors of jello. Strawberry jello would make for a strawberry and cream-style salad. Peach jello, for a peaches ‘n cream flavor, would also be super yummy. 

PINEAPPLE: If you choose to change up the jello flavor in this easy no-bake dessert recipe, I would also recommend changing the fruit. For example, if you go with strawberry jello, try adding sliced strawberries in place of the pineapples.  

How to Make Lemon Fluff Recipe

PRO TIP: This dessert is such a happy color, using a see-through bowl such as a trifle bowl would be a great way to show off the lovely yellow color.

STEP ONE: In a medium-sized bowl, add the jello and carefully pour in the boiling water. Using a whisk, stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.

boiling water and jell-o powder whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese and crushed pineapple. Using a hand mixer on low speed, mix together the cream cheese and pineapple, gradually increasing the mixer speed to medium-high. Mix together for about one minute until fully combined. There may be small flecks of cream cheese, and that’s okay.

cream cheese and pineapple whisked together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Next, pour the cooled jello liquid into the cream cheese and pineapple mixture. Using the hand mixer, start on low speed so it doesn’t splash around a lot and begin to mix, gradually increasing the speed to medium until it is well-combined. 

ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Next, add the 12 ounces of Cool Whip. Begin with a low speed on a hand mixer and gradually increase the speed to medium-high until well-combined, about two minutes. It will still be in liquid form but trust the jello to do its work and it will solidify as it chills.

cool whip blended into the bowl of ingredients

STEP FIVE: Pour into a large glass serving bowl, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least four hours or until ready to serve. You can also use a 9×13 pan as an option instead.

PRO TIP: For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 4 hours of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.

fluff mixture poured into a dish

STEP SIX: Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip and fresh berries or other fruit as garnish if desired.

How to Serve

Vintage lemon fluff is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or barbecue. A favorite summertime dessert, whip up this sweet treat any time you need a taste of something bright and sunny. Whether you serve it as a side dish or a dessert, everyone will love the fresh citrus flavor and fluffy texture. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can most definitely make lemon fluff jello salad ahead of time. In fact, I recommend making it the night before you plan to serve it. That way it can sit in the refrigerator and the flavors can blend together. Be sure to store leftovers of your salad in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. The salad will stay good in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.  

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this lemon jello salad recipe, and it will keep for about three months. Since this is such a simple recipe to make, though, it’s best to make it fresh. 

overhead shot of a dish of fluff with a scoop being taken out of a scooper

Refreshingly cool and creamy, lemon fluff is a classic recipe that’s full of citrus flavor. Anyone who loves lemon sweets will want a serving of this dreamy dessert. You’ll also love how simple this recipe is to make and how quickly you can put it together. Lemon fluff is a lip-smacking good recipe to make for friends and family. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other flavors I could make with this recipe? 

There are plenty of variations on our lemon fluff salad. You can change up the jello flavor and fruit for whatever your imagination can come up with. Try peach or strawberry fluff salads for two great choices. You could also add extra flavors to this lemon fluff salad. How about making lemon raspberry fluff with fresh raspberries mixed in?

Can I freeze this salad? 

You can freeze this fluffy lemon jello salad; however, the texture may change once thawed. If you don’t mind this, the salad will keep for about three months in the freezer.

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

You could certainly substitute whipped topping with homemade whipped cream. Check out our tasty whipped cream recipe.

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overhead shot of a dish of fluff with a scoop being taken out of a scooper

Lemon Fluff

Refreshingly cool and creamy, lemon fluff is a no-bake dessert that is bursting with delicious citrus flavor. Lemon dessert fans will love this lip-smacking treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces lemon jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple with juice
  • 16 ounces whipped topping, use only 12-ounces for the fluff and reserve four ounces for topping and garnishing

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the jello and carefully pour in the boiling water. Using a whisk, stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese and crushed pineapple. Using a hand mixer on low speed, mix together the cream cheese and pineapple, gradually increasing the mixer speed to medium-high. Mix together for about one minute until fully combined. There may be small flecks of cream cheese, and that’s okay.
  • Pour the cooled jello liquid into the cream cheese and pineapple mixture. Using the hand mixer, start on low speed so it doesn’t splash around a lot and begin to mix, gradually increasing the speed to medium until it is well-combined.
  • Add the 12 ounces of Cool Whip. Begin with a low speed on a hand mixer and gradually increase the speed to medium-high until well-combined, about two minutes. It will still be in liquid form but trust the jello to do its work and it will solidify as it chills.
  • Pour into a large glass serving bowl, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least four hours or until ready to serve. You can also use a 9×13 pan as an option instead.
  • Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip and fresh berries or other fruit as garnish if desired.

Notes

  • If preferred, buy two 8-ounce Cool Whip containers and use 1½ for the fluff and the extra half for the topping when serving.
  • This dessert is such a happy color, using a see-through bowl such as a trifle bowl would be a great way to show off the lovely yellow color.
  •  For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 4 hours of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.
  • Another idea is to use your leftover lemon fluff dessert to make creamy popsicles by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

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