By Erin McFarland
May 09, 2014

Despite a living situation that is hardly ideal for a garden, I insist on keeping fresh herbs in my kitchen. Earthy and aromatic, it's my favorite way to infuse low-calorie flavor into my meals. Herbs have always played a well-documented role in savory dishes and cocktails, but what about dessert? Oh... yes.

Herbs' subtle flavor gives incredible nuance to sweet dishes—and I'm not just talking about mint.  From basil to lavender and crisps to pops, here's a collection of herbal sweets of all sorts to make your (fast-approaching) summer that much more succulent.

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Peach and Basil Shortcake (pictured)Cherry-Grapefruit Basil SorbetLemon Basil Snaps

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Lavender-and-Lemon Ice (pictured)Lavender Berry CrispLemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

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Apricot-Thyme Galette (pictured)Lemon-Thyme Icebox CookiesRhubarb, Strawberry, and Thyme Granita

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Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops (pictured)Citrus ShortcakesFresh Mint Ice Cream

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Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake (pictured)Pound Cake with Orange, Honey, and RosemaryLemon-Rosemary Button Shortbreads