Bake It Yourself

Cap off your holiday meals with these scrumptious, scratch-made recipes.

We’ll help you find the perfect secret ingredient.

Whether you’re baking from scratch or whipping up a homemade topping for our ready-made pies, we have everything you need for a sweet season. For some inspiration, check out our easy-to-follow recipes that use premium ingredients for next-level goodness. Keep reading to learn more about our dessert recipe essentials.

Recipe Essentials


Pepper Creek Farms Peppermint Crunch Made from simple ingredients like pure peppermint oil and sugar, this festive topping is perfect for a number of holiday confections—from cakes and cookies to truffles and gingerbread houses. Keep a jar in your pantry for culinary inspiration throughout the season.

The Fresh Market Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa Our cocoa is as rich as it gets! Low acidity delivers more intense chocolate flavor than other cocoas, so your desserts can reach a new level of decadence. This cocoa makes our ultra-rich Chocolate Ganache Cake (recipe below) a chocolate-lover’s dream.

The Fresh Market Pure Vanilla Extract Our Pure Vanilla Extract is a baking essential, any time of year—especially during the holidays! Much like adding salt to a savory dish, incorporating real vanilla flavor into your dessert recipes enhances the other ingredients and makes for a more delicious bite.

The Fresh Market Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste

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.

The Fresh Market Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

2The Fresh Market Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

With flavor that perfectly balances deep chocolate richness and sweetness, these chocolatey treats are 100% delicious. Keep them on hand for everything from brownies and cookies to decadent cakes—and, of course, the occasional chocolate craving.

Artisan Kettle Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar

3Artisan 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.

India Tree Sugar

4India 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.

Runamok Maple Syrup

5Runamok 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.

Hayden Flour Mills

6Hayden Flour Mills Flour

Hayden Flour Mills is a family-run business that produces minimally processed flours in a solar-powered facility. Crafted with white Sonora wheat, their flours have better flavor and nutrition than those made with modern, processed wheat.

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!

Pumpkin Custard Tart with Maple-Mascarpone Whipped Cream

1Pumpkin Custard Tart with Maple-Mascarpone Whipped Cream

This creamy tart features everything you love about classic pumpkin pie, and then some. The fluffy mascarpone whipped cream with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup adds a decadent touch. Plus, a quick press-in cookie crust simplifies the baking process.

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Pear and Bittersweet Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Ganache Glaze

2Pear and Bittersweet Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

This year, treat your guests to something deliciously different. Studded with Comice pears and bittersweet chocolate, then drizzled with silky chocolate ganache, this rich one-bowl cake is a breeze to make—and blissful to eat!

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Chocolate Ganache Cake with Peppermint Crunch

3Chocolate Ganache Cake with Peppermint Crunch

This show-stopping cake is begging to be the center of attention at your holiday feast. The Fresh Market Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa and Bittersweet Chocolate Chips give the recipe a deep chocolate flavor and irresistible, melt-in-your mouth texture.

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Take & Make

Want something that says “homemade” but aren’t up for making it yourself? Grab any one of our fresh-baked pies or pound cakes for dessert! Here are some of our favorites, along with ideas for easy toppings that take each treat to the next level.

dairy free chocolate coconut ganache sauceDairy-Free Dark Chocolate Coconut Ganache

Hand-pleated and perfectly rustic, our baked-in-store Colonial Apple Pie features a tender, flaky crust filled with fresh Ida Red apples and topped with cinnamon sugar. Serve with our Cinnamon Whipped Cream for an impressive and indulgent confection.

Love pecan pie? Our Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie is loaded with pecans and studded with creamy chocolate chips. Enhance the chocolatey goodness with a drizzle of our Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Coconut Ganache. It’s dark, decadent and easy to make!

Our Caramel Apple Pound Cake is the perfect dessert for the holiday season. It’s moist and flavorful, dotted with caramel and topped with sweet cinnamon streusel. Drizzle it with The Fresh Market Chocolate and/or Caramel Sauce for a stunning presentation.

Think Deliciously

Try these unique recipes that feature our premium ingredients, like juicy, sweet Comice Pears, The Fresh Market Chocolate Chip Crispie Cookies and The Fresh Market Pound Cake.

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