Holidays

Boozy Irish Cupcakes

March 16, 2015
Boozy Irish Cupcakes - A classic Irish-inspired cocktail turned epic boozy cupcake. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #stpatricksday

Cocktail-turned-dessert ➝ guaranteed to be a good idea, am I right? I’d say it’s especially true when that cocktail is an Irish Car Bomb – aka a shot of creamy Bailey’s and a shot of smooth Irish whiskey dropped into a frothy cup of Guinness Stout.  If those three PLUS a solid dose of dark chocolate don’t […]

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Guinness Beer Bread with Molasses Butter

March 12, 2015
Guinness Beer Bread with Molasses Butter - an Irish twist on a classic! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Question: Can you have too many different beer bread variations in your recipe arsenal? Wait; I actually have an answer for that already: HECK NO.  I’ve done classic beer bread (please ignore the old photos that I’m so not proud of), cheese and chives beer bread, and honey and beer cornbread, but I’m definitely not done yet. […]

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Sugar Cookie Dough Truffles

February 10, 2015
Sugar Cookie Dough Truffles: Bite-sized balls of sugar cookie dough wrapped in a rich coating of chocolate - the perfect treat for your sweet someone! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Things have gotten to the point where I’m now getting constant suggestions from friends and family re: what to bake, and it’s kinda awesome. It’s like I have my own personal think tank so that even in the moments where my creativity level is at ZERO, I have bunches of ideas to fall back on. […]

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

January 29, 2015
Dark Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes - moist chocolate cupcakes frosted with whipped ganache make a rich chocolate treat with a bold coffee kick! Perfect for Valentine's Day| www.brighteyedbaker.com #GhirardelliVday #CG

I hope I never run out of ways to put as much chocolate as possible in a cupcake, because… let’s be real here… chocolate makes everything a million times better. And if you follow me on Instagram or know me at all, you have to know that coffee and chocolate are two things I absolutely […]

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Gingerbread Scones

January 6, 2015
Gingerbread Scones - tender scones with crispy edges and a perfect blend of cozy spices. | brighteyedbaker.com

I have my fingers crossed right now that gingerbread is still a thing even though the holidays are over. I SO wanted to share these scones before Christmas came and went, but the last few weeks have been completely chaotic (in the best way possible!) and here we are on the other end with me hoping that […]

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Petite Mint Cookies

December 23, 2014
Petite Mint Cookies - soft and chewy cookies studded with colorful petite mint chips.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those Smooth and Melty Mints – the ones with the nonpareil sprinkles on them that taste creamy and minty and ohhhh-so-good? Well, what you may not be aware of is that they’re also known (in mini form) as petite mints and they make awesome cookies. ← FACT. A couple months ago, I went to the store to grab […]

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Pecan Sandies

December 20, 2014
Pecan Sandies - dense but soft, lightly sweetened cookies with toasty pecans, a touch of almond extract, and a good dusting of powdered sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

These cookies were meant to be on the blog two long years ago, but for two years in a row I forgot to post them during Christmastime, which I felt needed to be done. If you haven’t heard of sandies before, they also go by “mexican wedding cookies” and “snowball cookies”, which I find extremely confusing since all of […]

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Chocolate-Dipped Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

December 18, 2014
Chocolate-Dipped Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles - flavors of sugar and spice make this no-bake dessert a decadent treat! | brighteyedbaker.com

As if it wasn’t bad enough that it’s basically been nonstop dessert central around here lately, I have MORE cookie dough truffles for you. I blame my weakness for sneaking bites of raw dough, which is super easy to do when you spend the day rolling and cutting gingerbread man cookies. Then I figured that a few […]

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Peppermint Mocha Kahlua Ganache

December 16, 2014
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Peppermint Mocha Kahlua Ganache | www.brighteyedbaker.com

THESE COOKIES. They’ve already made an appearance on the blog’s Instagram twice, which is just another way of saying that I’m obsessed with how cute they are. I usually just go for the classic (and easy) drop cookie, so when I actually put in the effort to do something a little fancier – like these […]

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Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies

December 14, 2014
Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies  -  the ultimate Christmas cookie at its best: soft and laced with a perfect balance of warm spices. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I have a limited amount of patience for roll-out cookies, which is why you don’t see them making an appearance on the blog very often. But apparently in the name of Christmas (and REALLY good cookies) I’m willing to put in the extra effort and chill, roll, cut, repeat like it’s no big deal. This is […]

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