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7 Amazing Lavender Dessert Recipes

Updated on January 18, 2018
Lavender creme brulee
Lavender creme brulee

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Pretty lavender cookies also taste good!
Pretty lavender cookies also taste good!

Eating Lavender: The Trend and Some Tips

Lavender is one of the ingredients that seems to now be on the menus of every trendy restaurant. There are lavender cocktails and lavender iced teas, there are lavender-spiced meats and lavender-infused vegetarian entrees. But ultimately, this is a flower, and a flower is similar in taste to a fruit. And we all know that fruit is a great item to be used in dessert recipes. Lavender in desserts makes for a fresh, aromatic option that is ideal in spring and summer cooking.

If you want to jump on this trend, the following tips are useful (and hopefully the seven recipes following these tips will appeal to you!)

Tips for Eating and Cooking with Lavender

  • You can use fresh lavender from your home garden. However, you don't want to choose lavender from flower gardens or nurseries because they may have been treated with pesticides. You can also sometimes get fresh lavender from cooking at your local farmer's market but confirm with the farmer that it's safe to consume. If so, you want to look for bright, colorful lavender that isn't wilted or fading.
  • Alternatively, you can use dried lavender in your recipe. As with any time that you substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs, you will want to have fewer dried herbs in the recipe than fresh herbs (approximately one third to one half of the amount of fresh lavender). This is due to the fact that the dried lavender has a stronger taste. You want your food to have a hint of lavender, not to taste like a bouquet!
  • You primarily use the flowers of lavender when you are making desserts. However, the leaves and stems of lavender are also edible. You can use them as garnishes around your lavender dish. You can also use them to replace rosemary in any dessert recipes that have this unique herb in them.
  • It is possible to buy lavender sugar in specialty stores and online. Use this in place of sugar in any dessert recipe for a hint of the lavender taste.

Lavender Dessert Recipe #1: Lavender Honey Hard Cookies

These cookies are solid cookies designed for dipping in milk or tea. This recipe makes approximately two dozen cookies.

  • Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and salt.
  • In separate bowl, mix together 2 small eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon orange citrus peel and 1 tablespoon dried lavender.
  • Slowly add the mixture from the first bowl into the second bowl, folding the mixture in to create the dough for your cookies.
  • Spoon dough into cookies on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Lavender Dessert Recipe #2: Lavender Sugar Cookies

If you want a more traditional batch of cookies for your lavender dessert then go with sugar cookies that have a hint of lavender in them. Of course, you could just use lavender sugar in any traditional sugar cookie recipe. But you could also do this (recipe is for three dozen cookies):

  • Mix one cup butter and one egg in bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add one quarter cup white sugar and 4 tablespoons powdered sugar and mix completely.
  • Slowly add two cups flour, mixing well.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender and a pinch of salt. Mix completely.
  • Roll this dough into a log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap. Chill for two hours.
  • Cover lightly with butter and roll the log in sugar.
  • Slice the log into cookie slices. Place these slices on greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Lavender Dessert Recipe #3: Lavender Creme Brulee

Need a dessert that's richer and creamier than just cookies? Lavender creme brulee is a great choice. Recipe serves 6.

  • Combine four cups heavy cream with 1 tablespoon dried lavender in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer, remove from heat and let sit five minutes. Drain through cheesecloth and set aside.
  • In separate bowl mix eight egg yolks (without egg whites) and 1 cup sugar. Make a light, fluffy egg mixture by whisking until well-blended.
  • Add first mixture to second mixture, blending together slowly by hand.
  • Butter six creme brulee cups and pour the mixture evenly into these cups. Place these cups inside of a glass baking dish.
  • Boil several cups of water in a clean saucepan. Pour the warm water into the glass dish so that it comes about halfway up the sides of the creme brulee cups.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for one hour. Remove from oven, let sit until water is cool and then refrigerate just the creme brulee cups overnight.
  • Add sugar to the tops of the creme brulee cups and use hand-held torch to finish off the dish. Enjoy!

Lavender Dessert Recipe #4: Lavender Lemon Cake

Enjoy this as a regular dessert or a breakfast treat!

  • Mix 4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon dried lavender and pinch of salt in bowl.
  • In separate bowl, mix 2 sticks butter, 2 cups sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon citrus peel. Use mixer on low to mix thoroughly.
  • Slowly add five eggs into the mixture, mixing them in completely.
  • Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and mix completely.
  • Slowly add dry mixture from first bowl into second bowl, mixing thoroughly by hand.
  • Pour into small cake pan. Bake on 350 for one hour.
  • Add your favorite cake frosting or glaze after the cake has cooled.

Lavender Dessert Recipe #5: Lavender Ice Cream

This is a great dessert for someone who has an ice cream maker! Makes eight servings.

  • Heat 12 ounces of honey in small saucepan.
  • Add 2 teaspoons crushed dried lavender to mix and continue heating.
  • Add 1 1/2 pints heavy cream. Mix thoroughly over heat.
  • Cool over ice.
  • Add to ice cream maker and the recipe is ready to go!

Lavender Dessert Recipe #6: Lavender Cherry Topping

This topping is great over white cakes, chocolate ice cream and dessert breads. Recipe makes four cups.

  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in saucepan.
  • Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dried lavender, 4 cups pitted cherries and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and continue to heat.
  • Heat until the mixture is simmering. Spoon as topping over your chosen dessert!

Lavender Dessert Recipe #7: Lavender Fudge

This is a great treat to enjoy at home and also makes a wonderful gift for others! Makes two dozen small pieces of fudge.

  • Heat 1/2 cup evaporated milk in saucepan.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender. Heat to simmering. Remove from heat, cover and let sit five minutes.
  • Strain out lavender. Return to heat.
  • Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add 1 cup marshmallows, 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until thoroughly mixed. (The marshmallows and chocolate chips should melt in the heated milk even though you've removed the mixture from the heat source).
  • Pour mixture into small greased baking pan. Do not bake! Instead, refrigerate the mixture overnight.
  • Cut into two dozen fudge pieces and enjoy!

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Health Benefits of Lavender

Need an excuse to eat some of these desserts? At least you can say that the lavender is good for you. Health benefits of lavender include:

  • Lavender is good for your skin. It has anti-aging properties.
  • The scent of lavender relieves anxiety. You'll de-stress as you cook with it.
  • Lavender promotes a good night's sleep. That's why it's great for a dessert before bedtime!
  • Lavender helps to improve digestion.

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    Thomas 

    4 years ago

    This is a very common Taiwanese bread, not sure if HK has it. It's splmie, but very good, everyone loves it :DYUP, I finally bought a new camera!XDDDDDDDDD

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    bestentryDSLR 

    4 years ago

    Lavender is better than it sounds. If it's cooked right it can really have a ton of taste. Thanks! Voted up!

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    Kalmiya 

    5 years ago from North America

    Lavender sounds like such an esoteric and interesting flavour to add to foods, especially desserts. I didn't like lavender much when I was very young but have come to like its interesting aroma as I matured. I think I'd love the lavender creme brulee. Sometimes in the summer I add lavender essential oil to my linen laundry though I'd also like to make a fresh spray for the sheets while they're drying on the line outside. Thanks for the neat ideas!

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    safiahshdid 

    6 years ago

    i like lavender and i use it

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    Keri Summers 

    6 years ago from West of England

    Hi Kathryn, I've made a "Bunch of Hubs" about lavender, and linked to yours for recipes. I hope you don't mind.

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    Keri Summers 

    6 years ago from West of England

    I'm going to try some of your recipes, sounds delicious. Thank you.

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    8 years ago

    I love the aroma of lavender. I never even knew you could eat it. I am intrigued by the idea. I will be trying the lavender sugar cookie for sure.

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    trimar7 

    8 years ago from New York

    Can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing.

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    Vernon Bradley 

    8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

    Congratulations on our 100 score, Kathryn. I have probably mispelled your name in the past, sorry!! Anywho, I LOVE Lavender. Have lavender candles burning in my office ALL the time, and never heard of eating it! Okay, so now, I'm ready. Sounds like a great taste to add to say, Lamb or even a steak. Just a tad, of course. The deserts sound Yummy. Thanks for broadening my horizons!!

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    kiwi91 

    8 years ago from USA

    I've never had lavender in food, sounds interesting. I'd give it a try! By the way, it's an amazing accomplishment to have over 700 hubs, congratulations!

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    Les Trois Chenes 

    8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

    Lots of lovely recipes! Why not eat your flowers?

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    CMHypno 

    8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Delicious sounding lavender recipes, Kathryn. I love the smell of lavender and use the essential oil, but have not tried it in cooking before

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    ThreeFootHat 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Lavender creme brulee and lavender lemon cake both sound amazing!

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