Lavender in the Kitchen: Lavender Fudge Brownies

From sweet dishes to savory meals, this versatile herb is a kitchen essential.

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Makes 1 (9-by-13-inch) pan
Lavender gives this favorite treat a unique dose of sweet floral accents.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3  cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted cashews
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and maple syrup, and melt in microwave or in a saucepan on the stove, then stir in chocolate chips until melted. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa, salt and lavender, blending well. Mix in cashews.
  3. Spread batter into a greased and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the brownies pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan before cutting into squares and dust tops with powdered sugar, if desired.

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