Holidays

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Candy Corn Swirl {gluten-free}

October 26, 2017
Soft & tender pumpkin spice cupcakes topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting that's piped into a fun candy corn-colored swirl. Makes for a perfect fall dessert & Halloween treat!

A few weeks ago I asked everyone on Instagram what kind of Halloween recipe I should post on the blog and literally everybody said “something with pumpkin”. Even though the answer was completely unspecific, I kinda love it because it means you guys are obsessed with all things pumpkin as much as me. Now “smart me” would’ve […]

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Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

August 22, 2017
Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies - Your classic, soft & chewy oatmeal cookies, mixed with tangy dried cranberries and gooey pockets of chocolate chunks.

I feel like these cookies are a little bit rebellious. They’re not seasonal, they’re not super trendy, and they’re probably not gonna do anything for your summer body. And yet here they are, in all their thick, chewy, oaty goodness, because there’s never a bad time to bring more homemade cookies into the world. The […]

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One-Bowl Guinness Brownies

March 10, 2017
One-Bowl Guinness Brownies | www.brighteyedbaker.com

YOU GUYS. For the second time this year I’m actually on top of the holiday recipe thing. I didn’t miss Valentine’s Day and now I’m comin’ at you with Guinness brownies to fill your St. Patrick’s day with beer and chocolate. I mean honestly, what kind of blogger would I be if I missed an excuse to […]

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Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale

February 1, 2017
Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If you know me well, you know that the one thing you can *always* find in my fridge is a bottle of champagne. This probably makes me sound much more sophisticated than I really am; truthfully I just drink it like most people drink red or white wine, because bubbles make everything better (says me). I’ve […]

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Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {gluten-free}

December 14, 2016
Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {GF} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: These tartlets are dangerous. They’re rich and sinfully chocolatey, topped with a little boozy meringue, and guaranteed to prevent you from stopping at just one bite. Don’t blame me if “just a taste” turns into an entire tart; you were warned, after all. Other reasons why I love them (and possibly also […]

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Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes {GF}

May 3, 2016
Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes -  The classic lemon meringue pie turned cupcake, complete with a crunchy graham cracker crust, super-soft lemon cake, tangy lemon curd, and fluffy, sky-high meringue to top it all off. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

One thing most of you probably don’t know about me is that last year I worked at a bakery for a little while. YES, a real live bakery that produces desserts for the masses… how amazing is that?! Except no, it wasn’t amazing. I’ve said for a long time that I wanted to work at a bakery – see what […]

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Boozy Eggnog White Hot Chocolate with Rum Whipped Cream

December 18, 2015
Boozy Eggnog White Hot Chocolate with Rum Whipped Cream - a rich, sweet, creamy, and cozy winter drink - with a little kick! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

For the first time in what seems like forever, we’re actually having something of a real winter here in California. I’m talking actual cold weather – to the point where I’ve even had ice frosting over my windshield at night – and SNOW in the mountains. Obviously I could do without the icy windshield and freezing […]

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Boozy Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake with Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting {GF}

December 15, 2015
Boozy Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake with Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting - A rich and moist chocolatey cake studded with pepperminty candy cane kisses and wrapped in a creamy, vodka-spiked peppermint white chocolate frosting. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #TreatsWithTitos

I’m pretty sure we need some holiday spirit making its presence known around here right about now, and this cake – THIS CAKE – is it. I’ve made quite a few Christmassy (← totally a word) desserts over the years, but this one is definitley up their in the tip-top ranks. It looks the part, […]

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50+ Recipes for your Fourth of July Table

July 3, 2015
July 4th Recipe Roundup - 50+ Recipes for your Fourth of July tables, including everything from drinks and savory dishes to bread and desserts. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If you’re pumped and ready for some hot bbq, cold cocktails, and loads of good food this weekend, I feel your vibes 100%. Friday + holiday weekend + food and fireworks = perfection in my mind. SO, in the name of July 4th, here’s 50+ recipes to help you celebrate in full food-loving style. There’s everything […]

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Brown Sugar Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

June 22, 2015
Brown Sugar Blueberry-Peach Cobbler - A juicy mixture of seasonal fruit sweetened with brown sugar and topped with flaky, buttery, pie crust stars for a patriotic twist. | www.brighteyedbalker.com

I’m about to make it look like I’m this very organized, on-top-of-things kinda person who does stuff like plan holiday recipes two weeks in advance, but the truth is, I just got lucky. What started out as a spontaneous idea for using some ripening peaches turned into a dessert that’s perfect for the 4th of July, purely because […]

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