Rosemary-Flavored Desserts

Add an unexpected and distinctive depth of flavor to your sweet treats—cookies, pies and cakes—with aromatic, savory rosemary. 

  • Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Brûlées
    Randy Mayor

    Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Brûlées

    Meyer lemons are rounder and sweeter than regular lemons and have a subtle flowery scent. If you can't find Meyer lemons, use two teaspoons regular lemon rind
  • Orange-Sweet Potato Pie With Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Orange-Sweet Potato Pie With Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust

    The simple addition of fresh chopped rosemary makes this an impressive pie crust that compliments the flavors of the spiced citrusy sweet potatoes in the filling.
  • Lemon Rosemary Button Shortbreads
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Lemon Rosemary Button Shortbreads

    Rich, buttery shortbread cookies get a subtle, savory twist from the rosemary.
  • Sugar-Roasted Plums with Balsamic and Rosemary Syrup
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Sugar-Roasted Plums with Balsamic and Rosemary Syrup

    Balsamic vinegar, water, rosemary and vanilla are reduced to an intense syrupy glaze that contrasts with the sugar-coated plums.
  • Thyme-Rosemary Pound Cupcakes
    Photo: Jean Allsopp

    Thyme-Rosemary Pound Cupcakes

    Bring all the rich flavor of pound cake to single-serve cupcakes in this fragrant recipe. The rosemary and thyme provide a savory ingredient that sets off the flavor of the peaches.
  • Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake with Rosemary Caramel Sauce
    Thomas J. Story

    Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake with Rosemary Caramel Sauce

    We were intrigued, if skeptical, about trying this dessert of rhubarb, caramel, and rosemary from Brock Windsor, chef-owner of Stone Soup Inn in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley in B.C. But the unusual combo bowled us over. Though the recipe is time intensive, nothing is difficult.
  • Pound Cake with Oranges, Honey, and Rosemary
    Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Pound Cake with Oranges, Honey, and Rosemary

    Make an easy yet sophisticated dessert with only 4 ingredients: pound cake, fresh oranges, honey, and fresh rosemary. The savory rosemary adds a nice balance for the sweetness of the fruit, cake and honey.
  • Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake

    Fresh rosemary complements the lemony flavor in this coffee cake, making it a perfect pick for breakfast, brunch or tea.
  • Grapefruit Compote in Rosemary Syrup
    Oxmoor House

    Grapefruit Compote in Rosemary Syrup

    Top fresh grapefruit sections with rosemary-infused syrup that makes a perfect flavor partner for the tangy citrus fruit.
  • Lemon-Rosemary Crumb Cake
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir

    Lemon-Rosemary Crumb Cake

    Accent the lemon flavor of this tender crumb cake with minced fresh rosemary. With only 203 calories per slice, it’s a guilt-free indulgence.
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