Orange Sherbet Dessert

I am officially back and ready to share some incredible recipes with you. I am so grateful to have such amazing blog friends who shared some yummy recipes with you while I was able to take some time off with my new baby! During my time off, I have been able to make and create several delicious recipes that I am so excited to share with you, starting with today’s!

This recipe is a perfect summer dessert. It is light, refreshing and super easy to make. Plus, you don’t have to turn on your oven! The recipe comes from my grandma and was a childhood favorite of my mom’s, mine and now my children’s. Whenever I make it, I find myself sneaking a piece constantly throughout the day. I am not normally a fruity-dessert kind of girl- in fact, the more chocolate the better is typically my motto when it comes to desserts. However, this dessert is easily one of my favorites and that should tell you something as far as how yummy it is!

Give this recipe a try for your next summer gathering! Everyone will be asking you for the recipe!

Orange Sherbet Dessert from …This dessert is SO easy and so delicious! The perfect refreshing summer dessert!

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Orange Sherbet Dessert
This dessert is SO easy and so delicious! The perfect refreshing summer dessert!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1½ cups whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 11 oz. box Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
  • 1.5 quart sherbet, softened
  1. Beat the whipping cream with the sugar and vanilla until fairly stiff.
  2. In medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the whipped whipping cream with the crushed Nilla Wafers, (reserving 1 cup of the Nilla Wafer crumbs for the top).
  3. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass pan and press the cookie crust mixture on the bottom.
  4. Spread softened sherbert over the top evenly.
  5. Spread remaining whipped whipping cream over sherbet.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cookie crumbs over the top and freeze.
  7. Let set in freezer at least 3 hours before serving.


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Welcome back, Nikki! I can't believe you describe your 'time off' as time off, because after just having a baby and now having 3 kids! Well, you never have time off and someone or something always needs your attention :) My hat is off to you, big time, that you're even finding time to bake! You're amazing and this looks great - pinned!

  2. Sarah

    What happened to the vanilla? Do you put that in the cream?

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry about that. You add it with the sugar to the cream. Its fixed now. Thanks for catching that!

    2. Roxanne

      Thank you Nikki for making it fun to be in the kitchen!!

  3. Sharna

    When do u add the vanilla? This looks so yummy. I can't wait to try it!

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry about that. You add it with the sugar to the cream. Its fixed now. Thanks for catching that!

  4. Roxanne


    A reason to ask someone to lunch.... at our house.... yummie!!

  5. Ashton

    Welome back!!! I totally still have your baby gift sitting on my counter waiting to be mailed!! LOL. Maybe it’ll make it in time for Christmas ;) This sounds SO yummy— pinned!

  6. Kathy

    Ok, this is INCREDIBLE. I did substitute rainbow sherbet for orange (as my store was out of orange); used Truvia instead of sugar and then got the reduced fat vanilla wafers. This is the BEST combination and we are heading to the Outer Banks renting a beach house next week -- this is on the MUST MAKE list... Thank you so much for this recipe. It's a KEEPER for sure!

  7. Myrna Pretty

    First time here... Looks yummy will try it this weekend at my family BBQ. Thxs for the idea

  8. Jeanne H. Emley

    Sounds good and cool for the hot summer days.

  9. vicki stokes

    Hello, i am interested in making the orange sherbet dessert but don't know what sherbet is - (i live in Australia) can you please tell me where to by it.



    1. Chef in Training

      Hi Vicki :) I find it next to the ice cream. It is like ice cream, but not quite. I hope that makes sense and helps out. I find it at most all of the grocery stores here in the US, not sure if Australia carries something similar?

    2. Sarina

      Sounds like it's probably sorbet. I'm in Australia too and got a bit excited thinking it was our version of sherbet...but this sounds just as good!

  10. Doris Ross

    Could you use cool whip instead of whipping cream in the Orange Sherbet Dessert?

    1. Chef in Training

      definitely! The two are completely interchangeable :) I use cool whip sometimes when I want to get it done quicker :)

  11. Shirley Dennis

    Question---- can you use cool whip instead of whipped cream ??? Thanks.

    1. Chef in Training

      definitely! The two are completely interchangeable!

  12. Jackie

    Orange Sherbert Dessert sounds yummy!

  13. Sebrina

    What do you spray the pan with?

  14. gloria

    Would graham crackers work for the crust. I have a lot of those right now.

  15. Joanne


    This dessert looks so creamy and refreshing!

  16. Trish

    I need some low carb desserts to serve my husband who is diabetic

  17. Eric S


    This was a great dessert to have on a hot summer day. It was a big hit with everyone that tried it.

  18. Jennifer

    Can you use. Cool Whip instead of whipping cream?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes you definitely can! The two are completely interchangeable!

  19. Meloni

    What is the crust and how do you make it ... I am thinking the crust is just whipping cream and waffers???

    1. Chef in Training

      yep the crust is just whipping cream and wafers :)

  20. southerngirl10


    I made this last night--super yummy and easy, but, I followed the recipe to a T and I felt like I had too much crust, and not enough whipped topping left over for the top. My layer of the whipping cream on the top was really thin, and the crust was really thick. What did I do wrong?

    Will definitely make again as it's super yummy--mine didn't look as pretty as the picture though! I will probably use a little less whipping cream in the crust and save more for the top part.

  21. khim qazrina

    Hi...i would love to try this recipe...only thing is i couldn't find any sherbet selling in malaysia (atleast nearby where im staying) can u give me a recipe on how to make sherbet please? will really appreciate that./..thx

  22. Ruth

    Can't wait to try your recipe Sounds so good.

  23. maggie

    Where do I buy sherbet? Sounds so good

  24. shirley


    Hi, I live in S. AFRICA. Need to know where to get sherbert, is it the same that kiddies eat, if so I need to covert to grams, or kilos. Thanks

  25. Becky

    This looks and sounds so yummy!!!

  26. carol ritch

    Going to try this orange sherbet recipe. It looks so good.

  27. Brenda Harrison

    After this sets up in the freezer for the 3 hours before serving can the leftovers be kept in the fridge? I used to make a recipe that was vanilla ice cream, orange jello mixed w the boiling water...not all the amount of water though... and I would set it in the freezer to set up some take it back out, stir it up again, return to freezer for a bit then take it out & add can of drained Mandarine Oranges then put it in grahm cracker crust and it could stay in the fridge then. I have also done this same thing but used strawberry jello & sliced strawberries. It was very yummy & refreshing! Just wondering if this could be kept in fridge after it is set up? Love trying your recipe ideas! Keep up the awesome job! thank you for sharing your recipes!!

  28. Ann Gabriele

    I made this and it was a big hit. I would like to make it again for 100 people. Would you know how much ingredients I would need to buy?

  29. Megan McMinn

    Sounds fantastic and I can't wait to try it. However, this recipe seems to be missing something. It calls for 1.5 cups of whipping cream, mixed with sugar and vanilla. Then you add 1 cup of that mixture as a layer above the sherbet. Does the rest of the whipping cream mixture go somewhere? Thanks for sharing!

  30. Denise Beauchamp

    I appreciate that you recipe is so easy to get to. Sometimes foods bloggers talk about their dogs, kids husband, etc, I wonder if I'll ever see the recipe! It looks really good,
    too. My hubby loves orange sherbet. I think I'll make this for him for Valentine's Day. I put some heart sprinkles on the top.

  31. Mamello


    Hi Nikki, may I please ask what exactly is shebbert? I live in South America and maybe it's called something else here... I would really like to try this recipe.

  32. Dawn

    I was hoping that someone had commented on the use/requirement of using a glass pan. I use my 9x13 glass a lot for home use, but was hoping to split it into 2 8x8 aluminum pans for easier freezing and taking to 2 different potlucks this weekend. Does it work?

  33. John

    The dessert is really good! Thanks. As far as the recipe, it is good except I found a 9 x 13 glass pan was way too big. Are you sure that is the size you used?

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  35. Nancy Ferguson


    How long can you freeze this as I have to make something a day ahead of serving ?

    1. Chef in Training

      You can totally make a day ahead! No worries there :)