Pecan Sandies

by alexandra

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 - 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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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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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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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 + a Thermapen Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

December 11, 2014
Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Gift-giving inspiration for the cooks, bakers, and food-lovers in your life! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I think I’ve already said it like one or a million times, but I ♡ the holidays so much. I’m totally hyped to share bunches of festive recipes with you guys this month to pump up all that Christmas spirit, but I thought it’d also be fun to throw in something new and do a gift guide. […]

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Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

December 9, 2014
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins - Light and tender bakery-style muffins studded with tangy dried cranberries and sweet white chocolate chips. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like I should just start out by saying that these muffins + a peppermint white chocolate mocha = holiday breakfast perfection.  Even here in Cali, where it’s really not all that cold and snow is nowhere in sight, having this combo for breakfast makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. I absolutely looooovvvveee […]

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Brown Butter White Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Truffles

December 7, 2014
Brown Butter White Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Truffles - aka your legitimate excuse to eat cookie dough for dessert tonight. ;) | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’d just like to put it out there that whoever first came up with the idea of cookie dough truffles is a total GENIUS. Chocolate chip cookies are like the key to my ♡, and as much as I adore them warm from the oven, loaded with pools of ooey-gooey chocolate, the dough is really where it’s […]

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Chocolate-Dipped Caramel Chocolate Chip Biscotti

December 4, 2014
Chocolate-Dipped Caramel Chocolate Chip Biscotti - think caramel mocha in dunkable, crunchy cookie form! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Even though I don’t think biscotti are specifically a holiday type of cookie, I can’t help but want to makes loads of them during this season. There’s something about the idea of dunking a crunchy cookie in a steaming cup of coffee on cool, wintery mornings that just screams cozy winter wonderland. There’s about a […]

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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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Salted Caramel and Candied Pecan Biscotti

November 29, 2014
Salted Caramel & Candied Pecan Biscotti - crunchy candied pecans, a sweet caramel drizzle, and a sprinkle of sea salt turn simple biscotti into an extra-tempting treat.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Biscottttiiii! It is OFFICIALLY full-on holiday-baking time and I’m way too excited about all the recipes I have to share with you guys in the coming month. Full disclosure, I’ve been eating gingerbread since mid-October (did I call that breakfast? Oh yeah, I did) and pretending it’s Christmas since before Thanksgiving, so the fact that now I […]

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