Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pillsbury! As always, my thoughts and opinions and love of all things dessert are my own. Sweet tart cranberry royale sorbet is sandwiched between two gluten free chocolate chip cookies to make a festive frozen treat!
cranberry royale sorbet chocolate chip cookie sandwiches from Eats Well With Others

That moment of panic when your fiance walks in the door and asks you whether the tart you are making have already put in the oven for his Thanksgiving potluck at work has nuts in it even though you had discussed what you were making ad nauseum the night before and never did he once mention so and so’s nut allergy.

Or when a potential wedding caterer emails you a sample menu that has not a single vegetarian item on it. And then you have to awkwardly email them back being like, “So…we were really hoping this whole shebang would be veggie-based. And if you try to suggest serving caprese salad in November, I will personally slap you.”

Anyone who thinks late fall/early winter tomatoes are acceptable to serve to paying customers should not be in the culinary profession. Amen.


And then there’s the situation of the surprise allergy. The kind that your guest announces as he/she (okay fine…probably “he” since “she’s” wouldn’t be so inconsiderate) walks through your door at the start of a dinner party.

Like, “Hey, nice to see you! Thanks for having me! Here’s a bottle of wine. By the way, I have Celiac’s.”

Uhhh, what now?

I like to think I’m pretty overly considerate of other people’s dietary restrictions since I have some of my own, but even I have been on the receiving end of such proclamations. And the key to surviving them is to always have a plan B.


Or, in today’s case – a plan “P”. That’s right, Pillsbury has you covered with their new line of gluten-free products! These include Gluten-Free Pie and Pastry Dough, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Gluten-Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough.


I got to try their Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and was definitely impressed. Not only could you not tell it was gluten-free AT ALL, but the cookies that it made were perfectly crispy at the edges and chewy on the insides. Just the way I like them. Normally I’m not such a fan of pre-mixed baking supplies and much prefer the DIY route, but the convenience factor of these is pretty appealing. All of the gluten-free products come in tubs, so they are easy to store and use as you go, and they totally negate the need for you to buy a whole bunch of specialty flours that you’ll only use a handful of times. Not to mention that gluten-free baking is often a bit finicky, but these take all the guesswork and stress out of it.


Never one to leave well enough alone, I turned these cookies into sorbet chocolate chip cookie sandwiches! Kind of like ice cream sandwiches but with a sweet tart cranberry grapefruit juice twist.

The sorbet is bursting with big fruity flavor and it’s kind of the prettiest color of all time. Hot pink. 

And it’s au natural. Winning.

Plus it fits kind of perfectly between two chewy CCC’s. Even the non-GF eaters will be fighting over these. I speak from experience. AKA – the.boy and I might have dueled over the last one.

I won. Natch’.IMG_3772

Looking for other innovative ways to use Pillsbury’s new line of gluten-free products? Check out their website here (the chocolate chip peanut butter cups have my name on them) or Pillsbury’s gluten free pinterest page! And pick up a tub to make this recipe for the holidays. After all, you never know who will be stopping by!

Cranberry Royale Sorbet Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches {#glutenfree}
Sweet tart cranberry royale sorbet is sandwiched between two gluten free chocolate chip cookies to make a festive frozen treat!
Yield: 8 sandwiches
  1. For the sorbet, use a vegetable peeler to remove three large strips of zest from the grapefruits. Set aside.
  2. Squeeze ¾ cup of juice from the grapefruits.
  3. In a 4 quart pot or saucepan, combine the grapefruit juice, zest strips, cranberries, water, corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil, and then continue boiling just until the cranberries begin to pop, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Remove the grapefruit zest from the pot. Pour the cranberry mixture into a metal bowl and place in the freezer, stirring every 30 minutes or so until cold but not frozen, about 30 minutes.
  5. Pour the cranberry sorbet base into a frozen ice cream maker canister and churn until it is the consistency of very softly whipped cream, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. Put the sorbet into a storage container. Press a sheet of parchment paper against the top, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
  7. In the meantime, make the cookies. Preheat the oven to 350. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, scoop the Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough by the tbsp onto the parchment paper. You should get 16 cookies. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Scoop the sorbet onto half the cookies and top with a second cookie. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer to refreeze until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich


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62 Responses to Cranberry Royale Sorbet Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches {#glutenfree}

  1. Oh my word, yes. These look amazing! Soft cookies with zingy cranberry, baby!

  2. I was pretty impressed with Pillsbury’s gluten-free pie crust but haven’t tried the cookie doughs yet. And tomatoes after August = blasphemy.

  3. Totally loving this combination- I would have never thought to combine sorbet and cookies!

  4. How about the time when you live off of nuts and on the first day of your job discover your new officemate is anaphylactic to nuts…I can’t complain because I don’t eat gluten but I definitely give my dinner hosts a heads up!

  5. Teffy says:

    My flatmate is gluten free and it can sometimes be quite the stress figuring something gluten free out for her. I think it’s amazing they’re doing this line, honestly. And it looks delicious as well!!
    Plus.. the sorbet makes it healthy (I wish) !

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  6. I usually obsessively ask everyone if they dietary restrictions, so that no one is pissy when I tell them mine. I LOVE the tubs of GF cookie dough from Pillsbury. I have a few GF recipes I use and like, but when you’re making a lot of stuff the last thing you want to worry about is “have I stuck a floury measuring cup in the sugar?” and make someone sick on Christmas. These make an AMAZING bottom layer for slutty brownies, BTW!

  7. Barbara says:

    Love the cranberry sorbet idea, Joanne. Tart and icey. Right up my alley!
    I’m so glad I’m not entertaining the way I used to when I was younger…I can’t imagine what I’d make with all the food intolerances people now seem to have developed. I have a nephew (now an adult) who has celiac disease. He learned early what to stay away from either ate first or brought something. Too much to ask a hostess to cater to everyone. If asked what’s in something, I’d be happy to list ingredients.

  8. Berry sorbet in a cookie?! You are a freaking mastermind of sugar!!! LOVE this!

  9. That sorbet is beautiful! What a lovely, festive twist on a classic!

  10. What a festive holiday sorbet Joanne – love how you made a cookie sandwich with it!

  11. Very nice, but I would skip the sorbet and just eat all the cookies!

  12. Erica says:

    What a beautiful dessert… love the color of the sorbet and the cookies look delicious!

  13. My God…I want the whole bowl of cranberry sorbet!!

  14. These cookies look mad tasty! I love how you turned them into sorbet sandwiches. 🙂 Me wishful hoping it were summer soon. 😉
    Men…your conversation with your fiance sounds awfully familiar. 😉
    I’m sure your wedding menu will be simply lovely and it will all work out in the end…it’s just until then, patience is a virtue. 🙂

  15. First things first, cross that caterer off your list. All they did was suggest the most expensive menu to you; they didn’t even listen to what you wanted. Caterers can be the most stressful part of the wedding, especially for people like you and me who love food so much.
    Second, this sorbet is freaking beautiful! I want it every day! I’ve been eating my fair share of ice cream, though it’s 20-degrees outside.
    Third, my neighbor is gluten free and she has been loving these new products from Pillsbury. Our one complaint about them is that the leftovers don’t store well, so it’s best to make exactly what you will eat in a day. Did you find that problem too? I happen to think that’s not a problem, per say, since I’m a big fan of portion control, hah!
    Fourth, I hope you’re not stressing about your wedding. Please please please tell me you’re enjoying it. Let me know if I can help you with anything. Can I research caterers for you? Grill them on the phone about serving tomatoes out of season? 😉

  16. Megan says:

    The sorbet looks gorgeous! Definitely a great idea to have a plan B. I try to make a number of different dishes so hopefully everyone will have at least one thing they can eat.

  17. Omg. I didn’t even think about all the food “issues” you’ll be dealing with… celiac, gluten-free, paleo – none of those existed 10 years ago when we got married. Or maybe they did, but all 20 of our guests were wolves and would eat anything 😉 Have you seen this? Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX9EAavxrus

  18. Oh my lawd!! These are gorgeous and so delicious looking!! Soft cookies and tangy cranberry filling. Yummm

  19. danielle says:

    This sorbet sounds so good. I love a good pucker and I bet that grapefruit and cranberry combo delivers one.

  20. oh my gosh Joanne, these are fabulous! Love that sorbet, and pairing it with chocolate chip cookies was genius!

  21. These look wonderful, Joanne! I love that punch of color between the cookies.

  22. Pam says:

    It’s awesome Pillsbury has gluten free products! The cookie sandwiches look tasty & festive.

    I can’t believe the caterer would DARE offer caprese in the winter months! C.R.A.Z.Y! 🙂

  23. SallyBR says:

    Isn’t that amazing? I am 5ft tall and weigh about 97 pounds. I always win the gastronomic duels with my beloved, who is considerably bigger. My specialty is fighting for the last oyster on the half shell… never once I lost that battle! HA!

  24. Genius! I love chocolate chip cookies and sorbet but never thought to put them together in a sandwich. I think I will be day dreaming about these all day.

  25. Oh, it’s so hard on people with allergies, I feel for them. It’s even harder on hosts to be absolutely careful about what we serve.
    Now these are some colorful looking treats, you never cease to amaze with your creations.

  26. I had no idea pillsbury made a gf cookie dough! Great combo, Jo!

  27. These look amazing what a nice new twist for a holiday dessert!!

  28. Tomatoes in the winter are the worst!! These cookie sandwiches look amazing – I never would have thought to pair sorbet with a cookie sandwich, but it looks so beautiful and I bet it is delicious!

  29. Eileen says:

    That sorbet! So brilliant and pink and obviously delicious. I have to say I’d be more than inclined to just go for that and forget the substitutions if someone on a serious no-carb diet walked through my door without telling me in advance. PINK!!

  30. That sorbet looks SO. GOOD. Like, I need it in my life right now. I can’t even relay how much I am craving that stuff now that I’ve seen it here (these dang hormones). And then the COOKIES!!

  31. This sorbet is beautiful! What a lovely, bright color.

  32. That sorbet is stunning and it sounds great between the cookies. I never would have thought of that flavor combo. I love doing some gf baking and am typically pleased with the results.

  33. katie says:

    yum! this sounds divine!!!

  34. Ordinary J says:

    I LOVE LOVE chocolate chips cookies and I can eat an entire dozen in one setting, but piling cranberry sorbet on it? No, but thanks. Less tastes better to me when it comes to chocolate chips cookies….

    • joanne says:

      Thanks for your comment! Everyone definitely has their own preferences when it comes to the classic chocolate chip cookies. To each his/her own!! And I can speak from experience that both the cookies and the sorbet were just as good on their own as they were smashed together. 🙂

  35. After those salt and pepper sandwich cookies you sent, I’d eat ANYTHING you bake. Sorbet is such a fun filling idea.

  36. Why are you doing this to my skinny jeans Joanne?? ; ) These look too good to pass on!
    And I feel you on the dietary restriction thing. I have a friend who claims to e vegetarian and all that she ever wears is leather, leather and leather… but she won’t eat the food I make because it’s not always vegetarian uuuuuuugh : (

  37. rebecca says:

    this looks wonderful what a fun color merry christmas

  38. Abby says:

    You crack me up! I love this combo, and it would look so pretty on any table! Given I haven’t eaten them all before they make it to said table… 🙂

  39. oh girrrrrrl! these look so absolutely incredible!!!

  40. Tracey says:

    I’m not normally a huge fan of premade cookie dough, but this is definitely perfect if you’re trying to accommodate special diets. Gluten-free baking scares me so I’ll gladly take the premade route 🙂

  41. Kristi says:

    Okay, I’m sold.
    I love the color of the sorbet, and the thought of sorbet in between two chocolate chop cookies. Yum.
    You win.

  42. I love the combination of cookies and sorbet. Thanks for sharing.

  43. These cookies dont look gluten free at all! I am impressed.

  44. What a fantastic product! I hope you find a caterer who understands your food philosophy 🙂

  45. What a clever idea incorporating cranberry sorbet with chocolate chips cookies in a sandwich form. I love the color contrast. It makes it so festive looking. LOVE!

  46. This sorbet looks incredible! Pairing it with cookies is genius too 🙂 I can’t believe anyone would be so rude as to rock up and announce a food allergy on the night, and then expect to be fed (no problem if they just want to sit there!) but I guess such things do happen.

  47. debbie says:

    That is a new combination to me! Sorbet and chocolate chip cookies….sounds like and winner to me. I think I will also try a batch of the Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies and put them on a cookie tray. Lately I am all about easy….I don’t want to overbake like I do every Christmas and then I end up exhausted!

  48. That sorbet is beautiful! Love that you paired it with chocolate chip cookies!

  49. Deena Kakaya says:

    Oh my goodness, you didn’t just post that did you?! I can feel the zing and chocolate and moist, crumbly…stop..this recipe should come with a food porn warning! X

  50. sandra says:

    your sorbet is so dreamy…the perfect thing to lighten up this season’s heavy fare.

  51. That sorbet is BEAUTIFUL! the color is seriously amazing. And the pillsbury cookies really do look good, and I doubt i’d know they were gluten free. I hope your catering situation gets straightened out! I wonder if they have vegetarian caterers? They’d prob have much better choices…

  52. Emma says:

    I love this take on the ice-cream sandwich! I adore sorbet and am loving cranberries right now. There a new discovery for me this year 🙂

  53. Kate says:

    Pillsbury is so smart for getting in on the gluten free thing.

  54. grace says:

    that sorbet makes a vibrantly beautiful filling!

  55. Maria says:

    Wow, I try to avoid the processed foods, but I may have to try the Pillsbury gf line.

    In other news, we knew we had our caterer when they didn’t blink about a vegan option, which was acorn squash and quinoa-based. Seasonal catering is the only way to go!

  56. Shannon says:

    omg, totally with you on caterers! and tomatoes in november! we are just about to sign a contract with one, who i’m really excited about… you guys are so on top of things, i can’t keep up 😛

  57. Johanna GGG says:

    these look amazing! Great to have on hand for the GF set. I have just been making bikkies for kinder kids and had the problem of the little girl with all the allergies and felt really bad giving her a lollypop but I guess kids loves them anyway. I would have loved to give these cookies but they would not have withstood a day in 40 C heat 🙂 But it does remind me to look for frozen cranberries

  58. I had no idea Pillsbury made “Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ” – wonderful idea to use a healthier sorbet to sandwich these cookies together!

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