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Rainbow Sherbet Dessert

Macaroons, pecans and layers of fruity sherbet combine in this beautiful, special dessert. Try garnishing with fresh strawberries and just listen to folks "ooh" and "ahh" when you bring this in! —Kathryn Dunn, Axton, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 12 macaroon cookies, crumbled
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 pint each raspberry, lime and orange sherbet, softened


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle cookie crumbs onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Combine cookie crumbs and pecans; fold in whipped cream. Spread half of cream mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. Freeze 30 minutes.
  • Gently spread raspberry sherbet over cream layer. Layer with lime and orange sherbets; spread with remaining cream mixture. Cover and freeze until firm. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 387 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • randcbruns
    Aug 13, 2016

    This wasn't a hit with my family. They didn't care for the texture or the flavor combination. I might try this again with different flavor and maybe a different cookie for the crust.

  • xxstchma
    May 20, 2016

    I use a 1/2 gal of rainbow sherbet instead and my family lovedinner it.

  • Marion the Librarian
    Mar 28, 2016

    My mother-in-law used to make this and it is delicious. She was born in 1900 so you can see how long the recipe has been around! The cookie amount is flexible depending on what kind you use. You just want a nice mixture of crumbs and whipped cream to form a crush. She always made it in a long Pullman loaf pan, turned it out, and sliced it to serve. Have made it for countless showers as it is done ahead and always impresses!

  • vjknoll
    Jul 31, 2015

    Delicious, refreshing summer dessert. I used Voortmans coconut cookies and did not bake them. Delicious!!!!

  • bettydee715
    Aug 23, 2014

    Nice summer dessert. I used pecan sandies instead of the macaroons and pecans, substituted 1/2 t almond extract for half the vanilla. Froze each layer before spreading the next. Very easy, very pretty.

  • TasteOfHome_Food_Editor
    Jul 29, 2014

    Hi Ceege, the amount should be 2 cups crumbled cookies. For testing purposes only, we used the Archway brand.

  • Ceege
    Jul 25, 2014

    C'mon TOH. Give us the "cup" amount of macaroons needed instead of the number of cookies. Cookies come in all sizes so I have no idea how much is needed to add to the cream. Please give us measured ingredients instead of numbers. I intend to keep this recipe in my recipe box as it sounds delicious, but will not attempt to make it until the above question is answered. Thank you

  • mumzied
    Jul 24, 2014

    Wondering if there was difficulty spread sherbet on macaroon crust. Sounds delicious!

  • tsuop
    Jul 24, 2014

    I'm not fond of sherbet, but I'm going to try this with fruit flavors of ice cream. It sounds Yummy!!!

  • lisa8251
    Jul 24, 2014

    This looks so good! I like the idea of using Pecan Sandies cookies. For those looking for lime sherbet, I googled where to find, and it seems that Walmart sells it. Hope this helps!