Boozy Eggnog White Hot Chocolate with Rum Whipped Cream - a rich, sweet, creamy, and cozy winter drink - with a little kick! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

For the first time in what seems like forever, we’re actually having something of a real winter here in California. I’m talking actual cold weather – to the point where I’ve even had ice frosting over my windshield at night – and SNOW in the mountains. Obviously I could do without the icy windshield and freezing […]

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Boozy Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake with Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting - A rich and moist chocolatey cake studded with pepperminty candy cane kisses and wrapped in a creamy, vodka-spiked peppermint white chocolate frosting. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #TreatsWithTitos

I’m pretty sure we need some holiday spirit making its presence known around here right about now, and this cake – THIS CAKE – is it. I’ve made quite a few Christmassy (← totally a word) desserts over the years, but this one is definitley up their in the tip-top ranks. It looks the part, […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Dill & Garlic Crusted Rib Eye Roast with Rioja Wines

November 23, 2015
Dill and Garlic Crusted Rib Eye Roast - a hearty dish served with buttery sautéed mushrooms that goes perfectly with a glass of Rioja red wine. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Thanksgiving is literally DAYS away, which can only mean one super-exciting thing —the holiday season is in full swing!! If you’re anything like me you’re probably already daydreaming about glorious platters of food coming out of your kitchen for some major feasting. And when you have all your friends and family gathered together, there’s one […]

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Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

October 27, 2015
Classic Chocolate Cupcakes -  moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich chocolate buttercream and tons of rainbow sprinkles. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s about time we had a staple chocolate cupcake recipe around here, don’t you think? Fancy versions with whipped ganache are cool and all, but sometimes a classic is exactly what you need. And this here ➝ chocolate cupcake, chocolate buttercream, + sprinkles ➝ is most definitely a classic. When you write a food blog it’s hard not to feel […]

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Happy Hour with Crios Wines: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer

October 21, 2015
Happy Hour with @criosbysbw: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer - A cocktail that's perfect for red wine lovers, full of its rich, juicy flavors plus a little bit of sweetness and spritz. #CRIOSinspires | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know what’s weird? Being on your own for the first time ever. Going to the store and realizing you have to stock a fridge that’s totally empty. Coming home and confronting the fact that – hey! – you don’t have any leftovers ready to eat and you actually have to cook dinner after you’ve been […]

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Bacon Cheddar Scones

September 23, 2015
Bacon Cheddar Scones -Flaky, buttery scones flecked with bits of tangy cheddar and crisp bacon. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If these scones are here for one purpose, it’s to make you question why we don’t make savory scones more often – that, and to engulf you in flaky, buttery, cheese-and-bacon-loaded pastry heaven. ← UGH, SO GOOD. In all seriousness though, why aren’t savory scones more of a thing? The base is simple – flour, salt, butter, […]

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Ultra-Rich Vegan Dark Chocolate-Mint Mousse {GF}

September 17, 2015
Ultra-Rich Vegan Dark Chocolate-Mint Mousse - extra-thick and silky dark chocolate mousse with a touch of fresh mint flavor - made with healthier ingredients for all the indulgence with less guilt! {gluten-free}| www.brighteyedbaker.com

THIS MOUSSE. Actually, I’m not really sure what you’d call it – it’s somewhere between a mousse and a pudding and yet neither of those things exactly –  but ohmygoodnesssss is it decadent. Thick, rich, and super dark chocolatey, with a hint of fresh mint flavor to round it all out ➝ that’s the kind of luxuriousness we’re […]

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Peach Financiers {GF}

September 15, 2015
Peach Financiers - classic French brown butter teacakes with slightly crisp edges and a perfectly soft and moist crumb, filled with a nutty sweet flavor and juicy fresh peaches. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I think it’s pretty much a given fact that anything involving brown butter is going to taste fantastic. Throw juicy fresh peaches into the mix – peaches tossed in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon at that – and you’ve gotta know you’re in for something P.D.G. Prior to making these, my favorite peach recipe on the blog […]

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Pineapple Moscow Mule + Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

September 10, 2015
e - a fruity twist on a classic cocktail, with a blend of fresh pineapple and pineapple vodka for a fun tropical vibe.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Third drink post in a row – I knowwww. I also know that things have been a little silent around here lately; it’s been one of those times when life throws you for a big fat loop and all you can really manage to do is stay afloat. That being said, I haven’t forgotten about […]

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Malted Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie {Dairy-Free}

September 3, 2015
Malted Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie - An easy-to-blend-up smoothie that makes the perfect post-workout snack or healthy sweet treat, with a bold and creamy, milkshake-like peanut butter-banana flavor.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve always tried to be a generally healthy eater, but – let’s be real – when your job involves developing recipes for baked goods day after day, you’re bound to run into a few brick walls. It wasn’t that long ago that I craved chocolate every. single. day. and felt depressed about breakfast choices that […]

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