The perfect Summer dessert! Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert combines vanilla and orange sherbet on a coconut cookie and whipped cream crust and topped with more delicious coconut crumb topping.
When I was kid, during the summer, we lived all day long to hear the sweet scratchy melodic sound of the Ice Cream Truck coming up the street. Didn’t matter what you were doing…everything stopped!
There was the rush home to beg Mom for .25 cents (Yes! I said .25 cents! Remember…I’m old! lol) so you could stand in line with all the “cool” kids in the “hood”, just to buy one of the many delectable concoctions pictured on the side of the truck.
Didn’t matter that Mom had a whole bag of banana Popsicle’s in the big chest freezer in the garage…it wasn’t ever going to taste as good as anything that .25 cents could buy from our favorite musical truck driving Good Humor Man!
Ahhh, that truck carried the dessert dreams of children on a hot summer day.Who can forget Bomb Pops, Push-Ups, Big Sticks, Strawberry Sundae Crunch, Snow Cones and the BEST treat of all…Creamsicles!
The magical bar that was half popsicle and half ice cream bar! It was pure genius! How in the world did they get that smooth vanilla ice cream in the center of that icy popsicle? Who cared as long as you had one!
So to celebrate “The Good Ol’ Days” of summer past…I give you this amazing Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert. It combines a creamy crunchy crust with a blend of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream… and it’s scrumptious! So, so, so good! The perfect summer dessert for any gathering you may be having at your nest this summer.
How to Make Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert
You’ll need one package of Mother’s Coconut Cocadas, or Mother’s Macaroon Cookies. Either will work. I couldn’t find Macaroon’s here so I went with these Coconut Cocadas and they are fantastic in this recipe.
Place the cookies in a large zip lock bag and….CRUSH ‘EM! I use my rolling-pin and go with a few hearty rolls over the top of the bag. In no time I have cookie crumbs. I suggest you really throw yourself into this process. (Save yourself a lot of money on therapy! lol)
Reserve one cup of cookie crumbs. Divide remaining cookie crumbs in half. Mix half the mixture with one 8 oz. container of cool whip. Set the other half aside for later.
Mix until well combined. I know this seems really weird…but you’re just gonna have to trust me. This is the crust for this dessert and it’s the perfect pairing with the orange and cream center.
Spread that mixture evenly in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Place in the freezer until firm. (This has me thinking of certain body parts I’d like to place in the freezer to have them “firm” again! Am I the only one? I’m seriously realizing that my body is more a rapidly deflating bouncy castle than a temple!)
Next you’ll need one quart of orange sherbet and one quart of vanilla ice cream. I just purchase a 1/2 gallon of each and then I let them set out for a little bit to get soft. Scoop out scoops of each until you have a quart of each in a large bowl.
What to do with the other half? Two words…Closet…Spoon! That’s all!
Slightly mix the two flavors. You want to still be able to see the Vanilla so that you get that “Creamsicle” look!
Then pour into the 9 x 13 pan with the cool whip and cookie frozen crust.
Now that just looks all orange! Under that I had big hunks of vanilla. I promise I did. Let’s have a conversation…
You: “That is a horrible photo Norine! Who taught you to take a picture?”
Me:” Ummmmm…no one.”
You… “That explains SO much!”
(Sorry guys! Horrid lighting…I have a feeling the recipe photos will get a make-over some day.)
Moving on…let’s finish up this Orange Frozen Creamsicle Dessert…take the other half of the cookie crumbs and mix with another 8 oz container of cool whip. Spread on top…quickly so ice cream doesn’t melt.
Sprinkle top with reserved cup of cookie crumbs! (You still have them right? You didn’t eat them!)
Cover the pan with foil and place back in the freezer and freeze until solid. I usually make this the day before to make sure it is frozen solid.
When ready to serve remove from freezer and allow to sit out on the counter for about 15 minutes.
With a large sharp knife cut into 12 squares. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a mandarin orange slice and sprig of fresh mint!
Now that’s a grown-up version of a Creamsicle Bar!
It’s way better than the Ice Cream truck of our childhood! Why? Ummmm…seconds!!! No quarters and no dancing in your bare feet on the hot concrete waiting for your turn to pick that delicious creamsicle!
It’s so pretty with its marbling of orange and vanilla ice creams. It’s so refreshing, cool, and light. Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert…The one thing we are all seeking during the hot summer months. Frozen treats are the BEST!
I hope y’all enjoy this Orange Creamsicle dessert. You can make it any flavor you want by changing up the sherbet. Raspberry would be another wonderful choice.
I had to stick with my childhood favorite. So many fun memories of long days spent with my friends. When summer was about adventures we had to come up with ourselves…so…we did! It was the BEST!
I sincerely hope you’re allowing your children to make their own magic this summer. Don’t plan everything to death! Do me a favor… and make this dessert, leave your phones inside the house…seriously LEAVE the phones inside the house… and spend a night outside watching the sunset as the kids run through the sprinklers, chase butterflies, make mud cities, roll in the grass, and watch the stars appear across a clear summer night sky!
Make memories…enough to fill that Nest and beyond!
If you like this recipe you might also enjoy these other Summer Favorites!
- Mint Ice Cream Fudge Asphalt Pie
- Cherry Chocolate Chip No-Churn Ice Cream
- Homemade Shaved Ice
- Raspberry Brownie Sundae
- Peaches and Cream Funnel Cakes
- No-Bake Lemon Cream Pie
I’m also sharing this delicious fun summer time dessert over on the Weekend Pot Luck! Click HERE to join the fun!
Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert
Orange Creamsicle Frozen Dessert is the perfect refreshing summer dessert and will remind you of those delicious Creamsicles you used to buy from the Ice Cream Man...only WAY better!
- 1 package Mother's Coconut Cocadas or Mother's Macaroon Cookies
- 2 - 8 oz. containers of Cool Whip
- 1 quart of Orange Serbet
- 1 quart of Vanilla Ice Cream
- Mandarin Orange slices and Fresh Mint for Garnish
- Whipped Cream
- Crush Coconut Cocadas to a fine crumb. Reserve one Cup of Cookie Crumbs for topping.
- Divide remaining cookie crumbs in half.
- Mix one half cookie crumbs and one 8 oz. container of cool whip. Mix until well blended.
- Spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Freeze until firm.
- In a large bowl scoop out 1 quart of orange sherbet and 1 quart of vanilla ice cream. (Half of a 1/2 gallon of each flavor)
- Slightly mix together so you can still see vanilla.
- Spread over the frozen Cool Whip cookie crust.
- In a bowl mix the other half of the cookie crumbs and the other 8 oz. container of Cool Whip until well blended.
- Spread over the top of the Ice Cream/ Sherbet mixture.
- Sprinkle with 1 cup of reserved cookie crumbs.
- Cover with Foil and Freeze until firm. Usually overnight.
- Garnish with whip cream, orange slices and fresh mint.
Please note the time reflects freezer time.
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Serving Size:1 square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
Sunday 28th of June 2020
I cannot find orange flavored sorbet/sherbit anywhere...Could substitute Orange Pineapple Ice Cream and would I still mix it with Vanilla?
Wednesday 1st of July 2020
Hi Jo! Sorry I'm so late getting back to you. The frustration in trying to find ingredients these days!! You could substitute the orange and pineapple Ice Cream but it won't have the same taste as the Orange Creamsicle. The sherbit or sorbet is tangy and adds the variation of flavors with the vanilla ice cream and the sorbet/sherbit. However, that all said, it certainly doesn't mean you can't use it and create your own new dessert that sounds delicious! I'm always game for trying something new and seeing if it works. You can't really lose with ice cream in the summer! Have a GREAT week and a wonderful Holiday! Happy Nesting! ~Norine
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Thursday 25th of April 2019
Hi I just saw this recipe and am eager to try it. My question is can I use another kind of cookies. I have a family member who is allergic to coconut. Thank you
Thursday 25th of April 2019
Hi Anita! Of course you can! I'd recommend a shortbread cookie or Golden Oreo Cookies. They will give you the same type of consistency that the coconut cookie brings to this recipe. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! It's one of my very favorite desserts in the spring and summer! So refreshing! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend and come again! Happy Nesting! ~Norine
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Thursday 7th of June 2018
I pinned this on Saturday and made it for a crew of cowboys today for dessert and I got rave reviews and 16 thumbs up! Thank you so much! I wanted to ask your permission to share it on my blog. I will of course, give credit to you and link back to your site. I am adding this to my favorite recipe file. It's so refreshing when the temps soar above 100. Thank you!
Friday 8th of June 2018
Hi Friend! Of course you can use this on your blog. I appreciate the shout out and link back to my site. I'm toying with the idea that this would be superb with raspberry sherbet too! Doesn't that sound heavenly?!!! I'm so tickled the cowboys like this dessert! That's a BIG thumbs up in my book! Have a Great Day! Thanks for sharing with me. ~Norine