Copycat Recipes - Homemade CoolWhip




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This instructable will demonstrate how to make homemade whipped cream topping using heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. The whipped cream is a delicious and wholesome topping for a variety of desserts, beverages, etc. My favorite use of it is a topping on coffee or sliced strawberries! Once prepared, it doesn't last as long as CoolWhip but it also doesn't have any chemicals or preservatives.

heavy whipping cream (3/4 C)
powdered sugar (2 tablespoons, more or less to taste)

one glass jar (preferably with handle)
tall bowl
ice cubes
an electric hand blender with whisk attachment*

*This CAN be done by hand if you don't have an electric hand blender. You will need two people - one to hold the jar and the other to whip the cream. To whip the cream by hand use a regular whisk and twirl between your hands as though you were trying to light a fire. Done this way it takes approximately 5-8 minutes of consistent whipping to thicken the cream.

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Step 1: Chill Cream.

Place the mug into the bowl and put ice cubes around the mug.
Pour approximately 3/4 of the heavy whipping cream into the mug. Feel free to let this sit for a few minutes to let the cream chill.

Step 2: Whip Cream.

Hold onto the handle of the jar and use the hand blender to "whip" the cream.

Continue until the cream starts to thicken, approximately 90 seconds.

The first photo demonstrates how thin the cream is prior to any whipping. The second photo is after 90 seconds of whipping.

Step 3: Add Powdered Sugar.

Add powdered sugar to the cream. We recommend starting with two tablespoons, and add more later if you would like. (But be careful, the more sugar you add the more likely you will be to end up with frosting instead of CoolWhip.)

Continue whipping. About 30-45 seconds more.

After adding the sugar, your whipped cream will thicken quickly. Stop when the cream stays in the whisk when it is lifted from the jar.

Step 4: Enjoy Your Sweet Treat!

Your homemade CoolWhip will keep for several days in the refrigerator if sealed tightly with a lid. If it spoils a little, don't worry, you get homemade sour cream!

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    2 years ago

    Almost coolwhip 100% (without the nasty stuff)....but you forgot one thing! Add a splash of VANILLA, of all things, and it is 100% taste identical! I just made it and mixed in some strawberries. Spooned the mix over single serve angel food cakes, and delicious strawberry shortcake in all it'a glorious deliciousness!


    3 years ago

    tastes great


    5 years ago

    Apples and oranges!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is literally just a recipe for whipped cream. I usually see it done with a metal bowl that you put in the freezer to cool it before whipping, but I wouldn't call this a cool whip copycat... It doesn't have quite the same flavor.

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I think how closely your end result resembles the taste of CoolWhip depends on the ratio of sugar to cream as well as how long you "whip" it for. I've served this to friends on strawberries simultaneously with Cool Whip and one couldn't decide which was the homemade one and which was the storebought one, the other friend knew for sure which was homemade and said it was much better tasting.

    Ingredients from CoolWhip "Whipped Topping" package: "Water, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, (Coconut & Palm Kernel Oils), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Skim Milk, Contains Less Than 2% Of Light Cream, Sodium Caseinate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Xanthan and Guar Gums, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Polyphosphate, Beta Carotene (Color). "

    The idea of a copycat recipe is to offer a homemade alternative, to get as close as possible to the original through trial and error, without having perhaps the exact recipe or ingredients, right? So, what homemade recipe, in your opinion, comes closer to CoolWhip than this?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I know that Cool Whip is all fake stuff, but that's what gives it its unique flavor. I don't know of *any* homemade recipe that comes closer, but I'd bet that adding a touch of vanilla extract to this would make it closer.