holiday desserts

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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Carrot Cake Pops

March 20, 2015
{From Scratch} Carrot Cake Pops - Spiced Carrot Cake mixed with Cream Cheese Frosting and coated in White Chocolate| www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO, I finally buckled down and made cake pops again. The only other time I’ve done this was for the 17th(!!!) recipe I posted on this blog wayyyy back when, and believe me, since then, I’ve had my fair share of “Have you/can you make cake pops?” questions. I’m not sure why it took me this […]

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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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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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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 #137: I have an excuse… Pumpkin Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes

October 22, 2013
Pumpkin Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from @brighteyedbaker | Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker #halloween #cupcakes

I feel like I need an excuse for splurging on cupcakes all week, so I have one ready – Halloween recipe testing! Truth? Halloween hasn’t really been a big deal to me in a loooong time. It’s like a holiday that isn’t really a holiday. Also, I hate scary things – not silly “scary” things […]

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