Herbal Desserts For Valentines Day

Infuse the sweet symbolism of herbs into your Valentine's desserts with these irresistible chocolate and herb pairings.

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by Matthew Stallbaumer
Lemon-Thyme Shortbread and Cocoa-Mint Sandwich Cookies make a sweet Valentine's Day cookie display.

A heart-shaped box of heavenly chocolates? A bundle of fresh flowers and herbs? A sentimental note from a secret admirer? Which of Cupid’s arrows will you use to woo your special someone this Valentine’s Day?

My advice: Serve one of these desserts and your sweetheart will fall head over heels. Every recipe contains chocolate, a favorite aphrodisiac. Plus, each is infused with the intoxicating bouquet of a signature herb, hand-picked using Victorian floral dictionaries to deliver a specific sentiment. Whether your relationship is just budding or fully blossomed, you’ll find the perfectly scripted recipe to share with the one you love.

Is there a new love in your life? Try White Chocolate-Rose Geranium Ice Cream or Cocoa-Mint Sandwich Cookies for a subtle hint of friendliness or preference. If you’ve dated a while and want to move matters forward, make a statement of serious intentions with a basil-infused berry parfait. Or, if you’re ready for lasting commitment, choose either Milk Chocolate-Lavender Panna Cotta or Chocolate-Rosemary Torte to deliciously declare your loyalty.

Herb-Infused Valentine’s Day Sweets

• Lemon-Thyme Shortbread

• White Chocolate-Rose Geranium Ice Cream

• Milk Chocolate-Lavender Panna Cotta

• White Chocolate-Basil Mousse and Strawberry Parfait

• Chocolate-Rosemary Torte

• Cocoa-Mint Sandwich Cookies


Julia M. Usher is a food writer, recipe designer and food stylist in St. Louis.

Originally published in the February/ March 2007 issue of Herb Companion.

  • Updated on Jan 12, 2022
  • Originally Published on Aug 6, 2010
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