Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

by alexandra

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars - pie crust gets swapped out for a moist, cake base and a irresistible crumble topping in this easy recipe.

These crumb bars are for all of you out there who don’t like pie crust — to which I say, you’re craaaazzzzy, but we can still be friends. :) Basically, imagine taking a cinnamon-spiced, brown sugar-infused whole wheat dough and a rich, nutty crumble topping smattered with graham cracker crumbs and dotted with pecan bits, […]

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Maple Date Scones

by alexandra

Maple Date Scones - buttery scones studded with sweet dates and laced with pure maple for so much flavor in every flaky bite. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I own very, very few cookbooks (I can count 3 off the top of my head), which is sort of a weird thing. It’s not that I’m not into them, because I love flipping through them, looking at all the gorgeous photos, finding inspiration from some amazingly creative and talented people, and getting a sense of the unique […]

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Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread

October 15, 2014
Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread  - use all your favorite seeds to make this hearty whole wheat loaf. | brighteyedbaker.com

We’re finally having a cool, cloudy day here in California which makes it seem like the perfect time to share a recipe for hearty homemade bread. This loaf seems especially appropriate – whole wheat, flecked with a mix of healthy seeds, and packed with flavor. It’s days like this that make me want to throw on […]

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Kitchen Reorganizing for POPtober + a Giveaway!

October 13, 2014
Inspiration for an Organized Kitchen/Pantry | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is the day when I give you a *mini* behind-the-scenes look at my pantry and cover my face with my hands while I admit that it looks worse than I ever even realized. Except change that to the past tense because I officially have a (small) section of my pantry that’s super-organized and makes […]

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

October 11, 2014
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters - an indulgent dessert turned into a mini cheesecake shot.

How do you feel about the whole mini dessert thing? Because honestly, my typical answer is usually “no, no, no, no, NO”. I know they’re cute and all, but mini + dessert just doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. I like my desserts full-sized, thankyouverymuch. So obviously, I’m breaking my own rules here because these little […]

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 9, 2014
{The BEST} Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - a serious cookie lover's dream come true. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Hellllooooo BEST COOKIES EVER. Actually there are wayyyy too many good cookies in the world to possibly choose a single best, but these are definitely up there on my top shelf. I love these Soft-Baked M&M cookies more than words can explain, and there are a few recipes I’ve yet to share that are every bit as […]

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Spiced Apple Muffins with Apple Cinnamon Glaze

October 7, 2014
Spiced Apple Muffins with Apple Cinnamon Glaze - an light fall treat that's easy to whip up. | http://www.brighteyedbaker.com #fallrecipes

I’m pretty sure I’ve been living in denial, because it’s October and I’m just barely starting to acknowledge that fall is HERE. I literally haven’t opened up a single can of pumpkin yet, which is so not normal, and my cravings for warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are just barely starting to kick in. Like I’ve […]

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Cucumber Moscow Mule

October 4, 2014
Cucumber Moscow Mule - cool cucumber balances out the warm ginger notes in this easy Moscow Mule recipe.

Currently, I’m chilling on my sofa with my laptop (quite appropriately) placed on my lap, typing this post and wishing that I had one of these cocktails in my hand. There’s something about Friday nights that always makes cocktails sound like the best idea ever. Course, Saturday nights are kinda like that too — evidence. […]

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Banana Date Bread

October 2, 2014
Banana Date Bread - a moist banana bread studded with sweet dates and topped with a caramelized banana-pecan crust. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #wholewheat

Apparently this is the week of travel-inspired recipes. There were those fluffy buttermilk scones that I first discovered in Paris, and then there’s this bread, directly inspired by Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. I was dying to visit after I ordered one of their cookbooks and made my dream bread – aka hole-ridden sourdough with a crispy crust and […]

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Fluffy Buttermilk Scones

September 30, 2014
Fluffy Buttermilk Scones - simple, lightly sweetened scones, perfect with butter and jam on a lazy morning. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

When I went to Paris a few summers ago, I fell in love with the simple perfection of plain scones. It’s funny because in the US, we mostly do scones with all kinds of flavor combinations – which I totally love as well – but in Europe, scones seem to take on a different role […]

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