Eric Fritch, chef-owner of Traverse City’s beloved Patisserie Amie, learned the art of pastry under Normandy chef Regis Bernard at the Seattle Culinary Academy and then worked in Seattle kitchens for four years before moving to his wife Amy’s hometown of Traverse City in 2001. We asked Fritch to share four of his favorite holiday pastry recipes, and he graciously obliged (our fave: the Belgian Chocolate Cookies!).

Chocolate Pâté

Deliciously easy—chocolate, butter, cream, sugar, and eggs. Sits overnight and it’s done!


Dusted with cocoa powder, these little treasures are just as lovely as they are tasty.

Mama’s Cherry Hideaways

It’s just not a Traverse City holiday without a cherry dessert. Find out why Mama hides ’em away!

Belgian Chocolate Cookies

There’s a whole lot of chunky, chocolatey, chewy goodness over here. If you weren’t a chocoholic before, this might bring you to the other side…

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