Cranberry Fool – One of my FAVORITE Desserts!

Here is a recipe that our family has make every new year’s eve as far back as I can remember as a child and often other times during the year. In the summer time, we substitute blackberries or raspberries for the cranberries.   

A “Fool” is a dish made of fruit, scalded or stewed, crushed and mixed with cream.

This recipe is included in my upcoming cookbook, “A Kitchen Full of Kid Tested, From Scratch Recipes” being released in January of 2013.


Cranberry Fool


  • 16 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)*
  • 3 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream



Simmer cranberries, 1 Tablespoon zest, 1/2 cup sugar and orange juice on stove until cranberries have “popped”.

Remove from heat. Add 1teaspoon almond extract and stir. Set mixture aside to cool.

Whip 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl on high speed until fluffy.

Once the cranberry mixture is cooled, pulse-chop the mixture in a food processor or blender.  Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture for use as topping.

Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream. Drizzle the 1/2 cup of cranberries mixture that was set aside on top of  folded dessert. Sprinkle with remaining zest.

Chill and serve. Makes 12.


*Cranberries freeze incredibly well. Buy them in bulk during the holidays while they are on sale, freeze and use them year-round.

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