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Orange Jack-o'-Lanterns with Sorbet

Invite a crew of frozen friends for dessert. Cut off the top quarter of an orange. Scoop out flesh with a spoon, then carve eyes, noses, and grins with a utility knife.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Kate Sears




  • 4 navel oranges
  • 2 pints mango, passion-fruit, or orange sorbet, softened

Cook's Note

Oranges with sorbet can be frozen for up to 3 days.


  1. Step 1

    Slice off the top quarter of each orange, and reserve for lid. Using a grapefruit spoon or paring knife, scoop or cut out interior of oranges. Reserve flesh for another use, such as fresh orange juice.

  2. Step 2

    Use our templates or draw a jack-o'-lantern face freehand. Tape paper to hollowed orange, and cut out features with a craft knife or other small, sharp knife.

  3. Step 3

    Pack each orange with sorbet, and top it with a "lid." Bend floral wire, and poke it in -- not through -- top of orange for tendrils. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

Halloween 2007, Special Issue 2007



Reviews (11)

  • 11 Oct, 2012

    Love these, they are so cute! Had an idea though for a 'warmer' pudding, how about a steamed sponge scooped in with a chocolate orange sauce? Would look spooky and taste lovely! :)

  • 21 Oct, 2008

    It took me four hours to do ten of these. They are very cute though , and doing them 3 days ahead of time works well.

  • 21 Oct, 2008

    It took me four hours to do ten of these. They are very cute though , and doing them 3 days ahead of time works well.

  • 13 Oct, 2008

    Who says you need to fill it??? What a great idea to make fuit fun for kids!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    You could avoid the sorbet soup problem by filling them with mandarin orange segments instead of sorbet. It isn't gourmet, but little kids would probably be just as impressed.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I am soooo going to try this for my Room Mom show off bit!! I can just imagin them all melting. Oh well sorbet soup- they'll love it!! It is all about the presentation and this one is AWESOME!

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    How clever, easy, and will make a great impact... fantastic!

  • 12 Sep, 2008

    I will use this as a dessert for my doll club! I just know they will love it. The chocolate ice cream is a great idea too!

  • 12 Sep, 2008

    I made these a few years ago, the kids loved them!

    I used chocolate ice cream instead of the sorbet which looked great!

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    This is idea is so adorable and I love sorbert ice cream!!

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    Great idea! I would have never thought of it! Thanks!!