Thursday, January 7, 2016

Baptism of the Lord River Jordan Dessert

The following recipe for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was submitted by Tamalyn Lawrence. She shares that "It's very simple - blue water, sandy beaches, shells in the sand and blueberries for the river Jordan on top. Super easy and my kids really enjoyed it!" Thank you, Tamalyn!

Baptism of the Lord River Jordan Dessert

  • 1 quart pineapple sherbet or vanilla ice cream
  • 8 oz whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2-3 individual madeleine cookies (flavored or plain)
  • blue food coloring


1. Soften frozen ice cream or sherbet and spread in an 8x8 glass pan. Stir in blue food coloring and refreeze. "water"

2. Once ice cream has frozen, spread whipped topping across the top. Return to freezer or go ahead and decorate now.

3. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on the corners to create the "sand", leaving a space in the middle.

4. Dot blueberries through the middle path to create the "River Jordan". Sprinkle white sugar on top of the blueberries.

5. Break madeleine cookies in half to push in the "sand" to make the "shells".

Serve immediately (can be frozen, but blueberries will freeze).

Note: Traditionally, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on January 13, the octave day of Epiphany. In the current liturgical calendar, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6, which will fall on January 10, 2016.

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  1. This looks awesome. Thanks for posting it! Can you share it on my blog linkup?

    Lexie Robinson

  2. Love your creativity! I am new to Feast Days and this will be perfect to serve tomorrow!

  3. Loved this dessert idea and used it for our first annual Feast of the Baptism of our Lord celebration! Here's my post about it and some ideas I added to the dessert and celebration:

    Thanks for sharing this fun and easy idea!

  4. Thank you for this recipe and the pictures to help with the final preparations. My daughter made this for dessert tonight and we lit our children’s Baptism candles and renewed our Baptismal promises. It is the celebration of Feasts like today, that make my heart so happy. I love Christmas for all the reasons we know, but the celebration of the Litrugical calendar (all year) makes for many beautiful moments of remembering how much Our God loves us - wish I could include a picture but I don’t know how :)