Slideshow: Seasonal Kitchen: 10 Ideas for Using Spring Herbs in Dessert

Basil Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies with Apricot Filling
Basil Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies with Apricot Filling

In these summery sandwiches, cornmeal cookies are flavored with fresh basil and layered with apricot jam. Make it into an easy cookie assortment by making some with raspberry or blackberry jam or lemon curd. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Chamomile Pound Cake
Chamomile Pound Cake

This pound cake gets a strongly brewed dose of soothing chamomile tea incorporated into the batter. The gently herbal tone is delicate and is later accentuated by a chamomile-honey glaze. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Blackberry-Thyme Crumb Cake
Blackberry-Thyme Crumb Cake

Blackberry preserves get an unexpected exclamation point with fresh thyme and lemon zest in this crumbly, buttery cake that's a cinch to make.Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Basil Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Basil Sweet Corn Ice Cream

The sweetness of corn is equal partners with the licorice notes of basil in this unusual (but delicious) ice cream recipe. Try it topped with a drizzle of dulce de leche. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam
Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam

This jam is insanely delicious; equal parts sweet and sophisticated. The balsamic vinegar adds depth of flavor and brings out the juicy, sunny taste of the strawberries. And the thyme, oh the thyme! It provides an addictive, lemony, herby essence. Try it over toast with ricotta, or sandwiched between two shortbread cookies. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Chamomile Rice Pudding with Tea-Soaked Golden Raisins
Chamomile Rice Pudding with Tea-Soaked Golden Raisins

This dessert plays with both chamomile tea and dried chamomile blossoms, both of which imbue a mellow floralness that counteracts the sweetness of traditional rice pudding. It's creamy and studded with golden raisins rehydrated in a mug of chamomile tea, and sweet, sticky, floral honey. Instead of sweet, pungent, and heady vanilla—traditional in rice pudding—this version is subtle and dressed-down. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Kerry Seretsky]

Strawberry Thyme Tart with Mint Glaze
Strawberry Thyme Tart with Mint Glaze

End your first dinner outdoors with this free-form strawberry tart. It's flavored with thyme and drizzeled with a fresh mint syrup. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Sarah Baird]

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20110506-149852-white-chocolate-mint-ice-cream-thumb-518xauto-157443.jpg

This ice cream amps up white chocolate's herbal notes with a generous steeping of mint. It's lower-fat than your average ice cream recipe, to melt milky on the tongue and refresh, not overwhelm your spring afternoons. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]