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Elevate your favorite dessert recipes with Cool Whip! Whether you’re mixing it into a dip or using it as a topping, Cool Whip is sure to make your desserts extra sweet and creamy. This fluffy whipped topping is a simple way to take your sweet treats to the next level. Here are some of our favorite Cool Whip recipes that are great for any age and for any fun occasion.

Ambrosia salad, poke cake, chocolate layered dessert, cherry cake.


Best desserts to make with a tub of Cool Whip

Our list of 23 Cool Whip recipes includes a variety of cookies, cakes, dips, dessert salads, and even an ice box cake that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

We love that most of these recipes are made with just a few simple ingredients and that many can be prepared simply by mixing and chilling –– no baking needed!

Cool Whip can be found in the frozen section of many grocery stores, but to make it easy to spread, scoop, or mix in, you’ll need to defrost it before using it. 

For best results, we recommend thawing Cool Whip in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before incorporating it into a dish.

Keep these recipes on hand for your next party, or for any time you’re craving a sweet treat at home! 

1. Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is super easy to make, thanks to the help of two kinds of instant pudding. This classic dessert features layers of creamy French vanilla pudding, banana pudding, fresh banana slices, and Nilla wafers. Whipped topping makes the dessert extra fluffy and creamy.

The key to getting the perfect texture for this dessert is ensuring that you don’t overmix the pudding. If you want to thicken your banana pudding, you can add an extra half package of instant pudding, or let the pudding thicken on its own with more time in the refrigerator.

2. Cherries In The Snow

Here’s a dessert that is just as beautiful as it is delicious. Cherries In the Snow is an old fashioned recipe that is perfect for any special occasion. This creamy layered dessert contains a sweet cream cheese base, soft angel food cake, and a rich cherry pie filling. 

The combination of whipped topping, cream cheese, and powdered sugar gives this recipe an incredible softness and sweetness.

3. Ambrosia Salad With Cool Whip

Ambrosia salad is a beloved Southern treat that contains fruit, marshmallows, coconut flakes, and whipped cream. This is one of our favorite Cool Whip recipes because of how easy it is to personalize. 

For an extra splash of color and fun, you can use multi-colored mini marshmallows instead of plain white. Another way to take this fruit salad to the next level is by adding in your favorite nuts: pecans, walnuts, and pistachios would all taste great in this recipe.

4. Watergate Salad

Also known as pistachio salad or pistachio fluff, Watergate salad is an iconic dessert that has been popular since the 70s. It’s made with similar ingredients to ambrosia salad, but with a delightful pistachio flavor that comes from pistachio instant pudding mix.

This recipe is easy to whip up and to double or triple if desired. Because it takes only 15 minutes to prepare before being chilled, Watergate salad is one of the best simple desserts to make for parties or special occasions. 

5. Strawberry Cookies

Four simple ingredients are all you need to make these perfectly pink strawberry cookies. Made with boxed strawberry cake mix, an egg, whipped topping, and confectioner’s sugar, this recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

This is one of our favorite recipes with Cool Whip. Want to take these cookies to the next level? Chocolate chips, white chocolate chunks, and dried strawberries are just a few of the mix-ins you could add to enhance simple desserts like this one.

6. Oreo Fluff

Loaded with Oreo cookies and mini marshmallows, Oreo fluff is a no-bake dessert that’s so easy to put together. This delicious creamy dessert gets its vanilla flavor from the combination of Oreo filling and vanilla instant pudding mix. 

While this recipe uses Golden Oreos, the classic chocolate Oreos will work too. A pro tip for getting the creamiest, fluffiest results: use Double Stuf Oreos!

7. Robert Redford Dessert

A popular dessert from the 70s, this Robert Redford dessert recipe is pure sweetness and nostalgia. This scrumptious dessert has a pecan crust and is layered with pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip. It’s incredibly easy to assemble and is sure to be a hit at any party or holiday gathering.

Be sure to top it off with garnishes such as Maraschino cherries, chocolate shavings, chocolate curls, or chopped pecans. Chill for an hour before serving.

8. Cool Whip Pie

Here’s one of the dreamiest recipes you can make with a tub of Cool Whip. This pie is light and fluffy, just like a cloud! All you need is a handful of ingredients: cream cheese, instant pudding mix, marshmallow fluff, Cool Whip, and a store-bought graham cracker crust. 

While this dessert is absolute perfection with just these ingredients, there are plenty of ways to customize this recipe to your own liking or to match the season. Some of the best toppings for simple Cool Whip recipes like these include fresh fruit, chocolate chips or shavings, or pumpkin spice seasoning.

9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter pie! This quick and easy no bake recipe features a premade graham cracker crust and only four additional ingredients: peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese, and whipped cream.

Chocolate and peanut butter are truly one of the best combinations ever. You can make this decadent dessert even better by topping it with chocolate chips, chopped nuts, chocolate candies, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

10. Snickers Salad

Sweet and tart flavors come together in this simple Snickers salad with apples. Granny Smith apples are the best apples to use for this recipe because of how perfectly their tartness balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients. 

Each bite of this sweet dessert salad is creamy with a bit of a crunch from both the apples and Snickers bars. The caramel drizzle is optional but shouldn’t be skipped! A little bit of caramel sauce will add even more sweetness and tie the whole dish together. An easy recipe that is a must try.

11. Millionaire’s Cake

With how rich this dessert is, there’s certainly no surprise that it’s called Millionaire’s cake! This scrumptious dessert recipe includes soft yellow cake, a creamy pudding layer, and a delicious tropical flavor from the addition of crushed pineapple. 

Top it off with a thick layer of whipped topping, followed by shredded coconut and Maraschino cherries. Toasting the coconut for a few minutes before adding it to this cake will not only enhance the flavor and texture but also give the cake a stunning finish.

12. No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

One of our favorite Cool Whip recipes is this heavenly Oreo cheesecake. This easy no bake dessert uses an Oreo crust and a filling made with whipped cream, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, cream cheese, and more Oreo cookies.

With chocolate cookie bits in every bite, this simple and creamy cake is every chocolate lover’s dream. You can crush the Oreos to your preferred size — larger cookie chunks or smaller fine crumbles.

13. Butterfinger Poke Cake

Simple desserts like poke cake are so easy to make. This recipe takes only 15 minutes to prepare before popping it in the oven! Made with a moist yellow cake base and a rich mixture of sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce, this cake is the ultimate sweet treat, loaded with flaky crumbles of Butterfinger bars. 

Since the sweet sauce mixture is poured over poked holes, it will soak into the cake below, resulting in a soft and flavorful cake.

14. Pistachio Lush

Here’s a creamy and satisfying dessert that has a fantastic pistachio flavor. Pistachio lush is one of the classiest Cool Whip recipes, featuring a buttery walnut crust and creamy layers of cream cheese, Cool Whip, and instant pistachio pudding. The top layer has even more whipped topping, and toasted almonds to give it an extra crunch.

15. Cool Whip Candy

These copycat Three Musketeers bars taste just as good as the original! We love that this recipe is versatile and can be used to make amazing candies, as well as truffles if you pop them in the freezer. Best of all, they are so easy to make –– you can skip the stovetop and melt the ingredients down in the microwave to simplify the process.

These Cool Whip candies are creamy chocolate perfection and can be frozen for up to one month. Serve them at any party or wrap them in treat bags to gift to your loved ones.

16. Strawberry Delight

Made popular in the 1950s, strawberry delight is a sweet fruit salad that has a creamy texture and a gorgeous pink color. This simple recipe is made with only five ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, crushed pineapple, strawberry pie filling, whipped cream, and chopped pecans.

To get the best texture, make sure that the crushed pineapple is fully drained before mixing it in with the other ingredients. In addition to being easy to make, this dessert salad is also easy to personalize. Try adding crushed nuts, mini marshmallows, or fresh strawberries! The perfect dessert for family gatherings.

17. Raspberry Cool Whip Dessert

For anyone who loves a good sweet and tangy combo, this is one of the best Cool Whip recipes. Not only does this raspberry dessert taste incredible, but it also has a vibrant pink color that makes it even more fun! This recipe is made with only 4 ingredients: raspberry jello, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and fresh raspberries.

Simply combine the ingredients and chill for a few hours, and this dessert will be ready to serve in no time at all. You can enjoy this raspberry dessert on its own with a spoon, or use it as a dip to go with some of your other favorite sweet treats.

18. No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Making this coconut cream pie is as easy as can be –– no baking needed! This creamy coconut pie recipe features a delightful homemade crust and a perfect filling made from coconut instant pudding, milk, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and a tub of Cool Whip.

Of course, this recipe wouldn’t be complete without the addition of shredded sweet coconut on top! Toasting the shredded coconut for a few minutes beforehand will make it look and taste even more amazing.

19. Lemon Delight

The most luscious lemon dessert is so easy to make with just 7 simple ingredients. Lemon lush ice box cake starts with a comforting homemade pecan crust, followed by creamy layers of cream cheese, Cool Whip, and instant lemon pudding.

The final layer is a generous helping of even more Cool Whip, topped with finely chopped pecans. This is a soft, comforting dish with a subtle crunch in each bite because of the delicious pecan topping. It’s even one of those simple desserts that tastes even better the next day!

20. Kool Aid Pie

Kool Aid pie is so simple to make with just 4 ingredients. Use a pre-made pie crust as a base and then your favorite Kool Aid flavor. Fluffy, creamy, cool, this is a dessert that the whole family will love.

21. Orange Fluff

Delicious fluff recipe made with Cool Whip and mandarin oranges. This is a great dessert for a hot summer day.

If you make one of these Cool Whip recipes let me know in the comments.

22. Cherry Fluff

Easy cherry fluff dessert is made using a can of cherry pie filling. Cool, creamy dessert that is perfect for the Summer.

Not your typical green salad, this cookie salad is a fun dessert filled with striped cookies, pineapples, and mandarin oranges. This is a classic recipe that is one your whole family is sure to enjoy.

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Ambrosia salad, poke cake, chocolate layered dessert, cherry cake.
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Cool Whip Recipes

By Heather
21 amazing recipes using Cool Whip. If you have a tub of Cool Whip, check out one of these delicious recipes. Easy dessert recipes from cookies, pies, ambrosia, and more including this easy strawberry fluff recipe.
Prep: 20 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 6 ounce strawberry JELLO powder
  • 1 4.6 ounce vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 8 ounce Cool Whip, thawed
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1.5 cups fresh strawberries, sliced or chopped


  • Place water, JELLO powder, vanilla pudding mix, in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a light boil.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Let cool a little and then cover and store in the refrigerator until the mixture firms up. This will take about 5 hours.
  • Use a mixer to mix until creamy. Stir in Cool Whip, marshmallows, and chopped strawberries.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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