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Frosty Cranberry Pie Recipe

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In this post I’ll be sharing a delicious no bake Frosty Cranberry Pie Recipe.

The holidays will be a bit different this year for us as I am sure for many of you as well. There will be some faces missing from the dinner table.

Not because we’ve lost anyone, thankfully. It’s because we’re still in a pandemic as we head toward the end of 2020 and we’re all still doing our best to stay safe by distancing ourselves from others.

I miss my loved ones that I haven’t been able to see for such a long time this year. As with life we must carry on best as we can. The holidays will come and go regardless of what the world is going through and I intend to make the best of it.

Preparing food for the holidays is one of my greatest joys in life. I just love it! Every bit of it. 

Holiday dishes and desserts do not have to be complicated at all though. This luscious frosty cranberry pie dessert is prime example of that.

The frosted cranberry pie is a simple no bake dessert that takes just a few minutes to put together and I can testify from my own taste test that it’s amazing!

Frosted Cranberry Dessert

Frosted cranberry pie in a glass pie dish

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings

Let me tell y’all about the crust for this pie. The pie crust is made from crushed Frosted Flakes cereal. Uh-huh, that’s right! It’s crunchy, sweet and delicious.

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Kellogg's frosted flakes in a plastic food storage bag with a rolling pin resting on top

Time to take out some 2020 frustration on these frosted flakes. To do that, I put the cereal in a plastic food storage bag and grabbed my rolling pin.

Can you guess what happens next? Give that bag of cereal several good whacks with that rolling pin until they’re all crushed up.

That was more fun than expected!

making a crushed cereal pie crust with melted butter and corn flake cereal

Bring on the glorious melted butter! Butta! Combine the crushed cereal with the melted butter and it’s ready to form a crust in a pie plate.

Pie crust in glass baking dish

Forming the crust for the frosty cranberry pie recipe is the messiest part of the process. There is no other way to do it than to just get your fingers greasy and messy and press the crust mixture into your pie baking dish. Just press it down as evenly as possible and up the sides. 

Oh, and before I forget to mention it, you’ll want to very lightly grease your pie dish because this crust will stick. I forgot to grease my pie dish once and had a heck of a time trying to get a slice of that pie out.

Once you are happy with the way you’ve formed your crust, just pop it into the oven to bake a few minutes to set up.

How to Make Frosty Cranberry Pie

mashing canned cranberry sauce

The frosty cranberry pie recipe filling is made with three simple ingredients. Canned whole berry cranberry sauce to start with.

You could use some of your own homemade cranberry sauce if you have it to spare.

Take a fork and mash up the whole berry cranberry sauce then transfer it to a mixing bowl with some softened cream cheese. Don’t you just love all of the amazing dishes that you can create with cream cheese? 

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Mixing a cranberry pie filling

Grab your hand mixer and combine the cranberry and cream cheese together. Make sure that your cream cheese if properly softened to make this step a breeze.

I’ll typically set my cream cheese out a few hours before I need it but you can soften it in the microwave in case you forget to set it out.

Folding Cool Whip into a no bake pie mixture

To finish our pie filling we’re going to fold in some whipped topping. Good ole Cool Whip! I like to use the extra creamy kind and it’s the holidays so we can be a little extra if we want.

Make sure that your pie crust has cooled completely before transferring your frosty cranberry pie filling into it.

Use a spatula and spread your filling into the pie dish until your happy with it then place your pie in the freezer until your ready to serve.

Take the cranberry ice box pie out of the freezer about 20 minutes before serving. I like to garnish the pie with a few frozen cranberries so it is all dressed up for the holidays.

Serve the pie with whipped cream or additional whipped topping if you like. I know that you and your guests are gonna love this pie.

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

Hamilton Wright Mabie

Frosty Cranberry Pie Recipe

Printable recipe card for the no bake frosty cranberry pie below.

Yield: 1 Pie

Frosty Cranberry Pie Recipe

Frosty Cranberry Pie on a plate garnished with fresh cranberries

A frosted cranberry pie is a delicious no bake holiday dessert that is made with just a few simple ingredients.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1¼ c Crushed Frosted Flakes Cereal (3 cups before crushing)
  • ¼ c Butter, melted

Pie Filling

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip)
  • 14 oz. Canned Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Instructions

The Pie Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Combine the crushed frosted flakes with the melted butter in a small bowl.
  3. Press the mixture into a lightly greased pie baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes then cool completely.

Cranberry Pie Filling

  1. Use the tines of a fork to mash the cranberry sauce to break apart then transfer it to a mixing bowl; add the cream cheese and use a hand mixer to combine. Fold in the whipped topping then transfer the filling to the pie crust.
  2. Use a spatula to spread the filling in the pie dish then place the pie into the freezer until ready to serve.
  3. Remove the pie from the freezer 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

Garnish the pie with a few frozen cranberries, if desired.

Serve with whipped cream or additional whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

I debated whether or not I would even have a holiday meal this year.

We have already made the decision not to give out candy this year to trick-or-treaters. That was difficult because we love giving out Halloween candy but our neighborhood is a hot spot and we get a couple hundred kids each year. 

My parents are aging and my mother has had a lot of health issues this year. For that reason I think it is important for us to have a holiday meal together because you just never know when it might be the last.

I know many have lost loved ones this year and that breaks my heat. We have all been reminded even more so to not take our time for granted with our loved ones.

This year has been an experience that we’ve all gone through together and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the day we get back to a sense of normalcy.

I pray for each one of you that you have a blessed, safe and happy holiday season however you choose to celebrate this year.

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Miz Helen

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,509 this week. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with us! Miz Helen

Mary Marshall

Monday 26th of October 2020

Loving the crust and everything about this pie.

Julia Jordan

Monday 26th of October 2020

Mary, Thank you so much! I love an easy dessert recipe. ~ Julia