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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
  • Yield: Makes 4
Orange Jack-o'-Lanterns with Sorbet

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Halloween 2007, Special Issue 2007


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


  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. 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. 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.

Cook's Note

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

Reviews (11)

  • Shell-beststeamirononline-org 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! :)

  • graysonsgrandma 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.

  • graysonsgrandma 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.

  • tmgoosney 13 Oct, 2008

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

  • mamajunebug 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.

  • aspmom 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!

  • Bleuzette 14 Sep, 2008

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

  • vallari 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!

  • MamaMel 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!

  • AyNeWe 10 Sep, 2008

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

  • thegoodone 10 Sep, 2008

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

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