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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for baking that is! Whether you’re baking from scratch or whipping up a homemade topping for our ready-made pies, to create and elevate your favorite treats whether you’re starting from scratch, looking for time-saving techniques or needing recipe inspiration.
Tis the Season to Bake it Yourself
In fact, 73%* of people are more excited to bake during the holidays than any other time of the year, and 70%* of people will either make or buy up to five baked goods this season! From cookie exchanges to holiday parties and office potlucks, our favorite, best-of-the-best ingredients are sure to kick your confections up a notch. Keep reading to learn more about our dessert recipe essentials.
1The Fresh Market Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste
Vanilla bean paste works as a one-to-one substitute for vanilla extract and infuses your recipes with a deeper, more vibrant vanilla essence. It’s also flecked with real vanilla bean seeds, adding a subtle, sweet suggestion of vanilla flavor to your baked goods.
2Artisan Kettle Organic Baking Chocolate
Unlike many organic chocolate brands, Artisan Kettle manufactures its own chocolate. Each recipe uses quality ingredients like Fair Trade Certified cocoa, real vanilla, organic cane sugar and organic cocoa butter, so you know you’re baking with the best.
3India Tree Sugar
Calling all creative cooks! India Tree offers pure, unrefined cane sugars for baking, along with plant based colored sugars in a range of vibrant hues. Their products are pantry essentials for anyone who wants to bake and decorate with premium, thoughtfully crafted ingredients.
4Runamok Maple Syrup
These small-batch, organic syrups are crafted in Vermont and taste-tested daily to ensure they’re bottled at their peak. Try Sugarmaker’s Cut—made from the season’s best syrup—or an infused syrup like Bourbon Barrel-Aged or Cinnamon and Vanilla.
5Log House Almond Bark
Strawberries, pretzels and cake pops, oh my! This chocolate and vanilla candy-coating is a baking must-have because it melts easily and requires no tempering making it a breeze to dunk, dip, drizzle or decorate your favorite holiday treats.
6Diamond Foods Nut Pie Crusts
Pies are one of the top three most popular baked goods of the holiday season. If you’re whipping up your own and looking for a delicious short-cut these ready-to-use walnut or pecan pie crusts boast a buttery, cookie-esque crumb texture, making them perfect for savory or sweet pies (we love them best for pumpkin pie!). They’re also free of artificial flavors and lower in calories, carbohydrates and sugar than traditional pie crusts. Go ahead – crust a move!
7Wholesome Organic Molasses
Naturally gluten-free, vegan and kosher, Wholesome Organic Molasses is blackstrap and unsulphured meaning it was extracted from mature sugarcane and contains a rich, robust and caramel flavor without being too sweet. Use it in gingerbread, molasses cookies or one of our favorite recipes, Triple Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe below!).
8Swerve Brown Sugar & Confectioners’ Sugar Replacement
A better-for-you sugar replacement, Swerve’s Brown Sugar and Confectioner’s Sugar replacements are made from ingredients found in fruits and root vegetables, zero calories, non-glycemic and free of artificial preservatives. They mimic the taste and texture of regular sugars and are the only sugar replacements that can caramelize like regular sugar when cooked. Sweet!
9Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
Made with fair trade certified chocolate and sweetened with stevia, a plant-based sugar substitute, these baking chips are all they’re choc-ed up to be! The decadent, dark chocolate chips are also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Try it in our Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse recipe!
10The Fresh Market Jersey Buttermilk
Our Jersey buttermilk is sourced from Sparkman Dairy, a fifth-generation Georgia dairy farm committed to raising cows happy and hormone-free. These pasture-raised Jersey cows enjoy a consistent diet, so they produce consistently delicious milk.
Let’s Get Baking
Now that you have all the right ingredients, it’s time to make some memorable desserts. We’ve gathered some of our favorite sweet recipes. Once you’ve stocked your pantry, get ready to bake something extraordinary!
1Maple Buttermilk Pie
Rich buttermilk and pure maple syrup make the perfect tangy-sweet duo in this easy-to-make, one-bowl recipe. Serve with maple syrup whipped cream for outstanding flavor and a gorgeous presentation.
2Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? These crowd-pleasing cookies are made with freshly ground roasted nut butter and are easy to whip up—no mixer necessary!
3Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Mousse
Wow your guests with a light, fluffy and sugar-free chocolate mousse this year. Whipped to perfection and topped with real whipped cream and berries for an ultimate finish.
4Triple Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies
A fresh take on traditional molasses cookies, these cookies feature all the season’s favorite flavors – ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – in one for a supreme holiday cookie. One batch makes about three dozen cookies, so break out the tins for the neighborhood cookie exchange!
Try these unique recipes that feature our premium ingredients, like juicy, sweet Comice Pears, India Tree Superfine Sugar and Diamond Foods Walnut or Pecan Pie Crust.