recipes

Let’s Get Cookin’: Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites with Avocado Cream Cheese

May 25, 2015
Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites with Avocado Cream Cheese - a simple but elegant appetizer to serve for any gathering! | www.brighteyedbaker.com #BretonGlutenFree #CleverGirls

I have crazy respect for anyone who can host a dinner party with grace and ease, because when I do any sort of cooking (or baking), the kitchen look like a disaster zone, and if things start to get hectic, I just become a total mess. Come to think of it, this is probably why some […]

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The Incredible Hull: Brown Butter Strawberry Blondies

May 22, 2014
Brown Butter Strawberry Blondies - an easy summer dessert studded with fresh, juicy strawberries. From @brighteyedbaker | brighteyedbaker.com #dessert #theincrediblehull

Woah… what is this?! A dessert recipe without chocolate? Umm… YES. Seeing as I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic, you should know that any dessert recipe sans chocolate that makes it on the blog is gonna be good. I know there are fruity-dessert lovers out there who are going to hate me for saying this, but usually I […]

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Confession #145: I have a thing for crêpes…Easy Nutella Crêpes

March 18, 2014
Easy Nutella Crêpes - no extra time or special equipment needed for this small-batch crêpe recipe for light, sweet crêpes. | brighteyedbaker.com

Today I wanted to share something new. (In addition to these crêpes, of course.) Meet Maggie. She’s my little sister, the girl I’ve spent half my life arguing with but couldn’t live without, occasional hand-model and video-taker for the blog, and the pickiest taste-tester I have. We fight over a million things but bond over […]

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Confession #144: I can’t catch up with myself… Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

February 24, 2014
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars - the classic PB&J sandwich in an irresistible, cookie-like, crumb bar form. | brighteyedbaker.com

Embarrassing fact #1: I literally made and photographed these PB&J Bars more than a year ago, and then somehow never got around to posting them. Embarrassing fact #2: This is so not a one-time scenario. Somewhere in the mess of  3 scribbly recipe notebooks, 2 computers full of photos, and 1 jumbled brain, I have […]

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Confession # 143: I have a banana-baking impulse…Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins {GF, Dairy-Free}

February 17, 2014
Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins {GF, Dairy-Free Option, No Added Sugar} - tender and chocolate-filled muffins that are naturally sweetened with roasted bananas and coconut flakes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something about an uber-ripe batch of bananas that makes me become a banana hoarder. And if I go to the store and see a bunch covered in those tell-tale brown speckles, all plans are out the window because I’m making banana bread… or muffins, or coffeecake, or SOMETHING. What I’m not doing is passing them […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction

January 31, 2014
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction - sweet, rich and tender dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon with bits of caramelized brown sugar. Say hello to an easy and tasty appetizer!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is ironic, to say the least. Here I am, the girl who refused to eat any form of pork up until a few months ago, officially pushing the publish button on the first ever non-vegetarian recipe on the blog which includes BACON. Not only that, but it combines bacon with dates, which I now […]

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + Minted. Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

January 27, 2014
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Rose cupcakes and a Valentine’s Day Minted giveaway… I’d say Monday is off to a pretty sweet start, wouldn’t you? There’s all kinds of good stuff going on here today: perfect chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes, an incredible strawberry cream cheese frosting that will knock your socks off, and $100 towards Valentine’s Day cards from Minted. – because […]

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Confession #142: I’m a snacker… Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars {GF, Vegan}

January 17, 2014
Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars - Healthy and filling fruit and nuts bars with an almond-y twist.  | brighteyedbaker.com

 As much as I loooove a good sandwich, one that’s warm and toasty and packed with yummy fillings, I rarely ever have one because I’m just not a big lunch eater. My list of meal priorities goes something like: breakfast, dinner/dessert (actually dessert might come before dinner), and then… lunch. At best, lunch for me […]

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Confession #141: I need some chocolate in my breakfast… Double-Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Granola {GF, Dairy-Free}

January 7, 2014
Double Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Granola - a perfectly crunchy granola filled with chocolate-y clumps of oats, almonds, and coconut flakes, with chunks of dark chocolate in every bite. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

When it comes to breakfast, I have this slight problem in the way that my taste buds just aren’t ready for anything savory until mid-afternoon (at best). I’m a scone–muffin–sweet roll kind of girl at heart which is part of the reason why I love baking so much. And sometimes I just crave some chocolate in my breakfast (which, […]

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The Best of 2013 – My Favorite Recipes

December 31, 2013
The Best of 2013 - Favorite Recipes - a roundup of sweet and savory recipes, from bread and salsa to cupcakes and ice cream. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

At the last possible moment  – because procrastination has apparently been my thing this past year – I wanted to give a little spotlight to my favorite recipes of 2013. I always find it incredibly hard to choose favorites because I really try to only share recipes I absolutely LOVE with all of you amazing […]

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