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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 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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DIY Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

December 2, 2014
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha  -  a warm, creamy coffee treat for cold winter days that totally beats the coffeehouse version.

If I learned one thing in the making of this post, it’s that adding cold whipped cream to a (very full) hot mocha is a mess waiting to happen. But then again, everything I do is pretty much a mess waiting to happen, so I really shouldn’t be surprised. My only consolation is that I got […]

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Peppermint Mocha Brownies + Coffee-mate Giveaway!

November 7, 2013
Peppermint Mocha Brownies - an easy and irresistible holiday dessert! From Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker @brighteyedbaker

I once heard that people start pinning holiday-related things on Pinterest 3-something months before the actual holiday. This totally baffles me (although it probably shouldn’t), because usually I can barely manage to post one holiday-themed recipe in time for an upcoming holiday. But wait, did I really make Peppermint Mocha Brownies a whole month before […]

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Confession #99: I’m a Sucker for Christmas… Cinnamon Sugar Candy Cane Twists

December 19, 2012
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Raise your hand if you love Christmas! My hand is totally up and waving, because Christmas is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love how the chill outside makes the warmth indoors seem so cozy and bright, and how the glow of Christmas lights inside our home makes every morning and night feel special. I […]

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