Sausage and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - a super-simple & tasty appetizer! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

 It’s come to my attention that summer is (sadly) on its way out the door, and since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I say that instead we pull out the red wine and throw a few more last-minute summer get-togethers. It’ll be easy because I gotcha covered with the basics: a couple bottles of […]

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Chocolate-Topped Chewy Caramel Blondies | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Wowza. Not even sure where to start with these blondies except to say that they are RICH – rich with dense buttery-brown sugar goodness, chewy caramel in every bite, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache on top. Did I cut them into giant squares for the photos you see here? Yep. Did I eat an entire giant […]

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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Mini Cinnamon-Maple Baked Doughnuts {GF}

July 20, 2016
Mini Cinnamon-Maple Baked Doughnuts {GF} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO. This is another one of those old recipes I’m finally posting (all part of the get-back-into-blogging-groove), but these I totally remember. I remember them because I made multiple batches and couldn’t really figure out what wasn’t quite right about them until I finally realized there are some gluten-free flours I can handle and others […]

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One-Bowl Glazed Chocolate Chip Muffins

July 11, 2016
One-Bowl Glazed Chocolate Chip Muffins - a super-simple recipe for classic chocolate chip muffins with a sweet vanilla glaze. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I may be 23 years old, but I still can’t seem to get over the hitch that I (almost) always crave something sweet over savory for breakfast. I wish I was one of those people who could truthfully claim that my morning meals consist of avocado toast and eggs or something like that, but instead I’m […]

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Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

July 5, 2016
Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies -  Like a shortbread cookie-turned-macaroon, with sweet, toasted coconut on the outside and a dollop of Nutella in the middle for a nutty chocolate twist. | www. brighteyedbaker.com

To all the OG readers out there who’ve been around since day one: remember when I used to do confessions with every blog post? Because I confess that I have no memory of what these cookies taste like. Zero, zilch, NADA. The funny thing is (and I swear, it’s a total coincidence), I made them exactly […]

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Raspberry Hazelnut Financiers {GF} + A Giveaway!

June 21, 2016
Raspberry Hazelnut Financiers - Super-soft French hazelnut teacakes studded with juicy raspberries, plus a creamy chocolate-hazelnut center. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something to say about a recipe you can tweak so many times in just a few little ways and end up with a post-worthy finished product every time. Of c0urse in saying that, I’m admitting to the fact that I sometimes cheat and re-purpose my own recipes over and over, but does it really matter if […]

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Cheers! Classic Cocktail Roundup

May 27, 2016
Classic Cocktail Roundup - Want to become a cocktail pro? Here are 8 classics to master - plus tips on what to pair them with! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: I consider myself something of a cocktail aficiando, but I would really like to be a cocktail pro. SO, I’ve teamed up with Absolut to up my cocktail game (and help you up yours)! According to the pros, here are a few of the classic drinks you should master. Memorize the ratios, taste the differences, and bust some […]

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Summer Fun (and Ice Cream!)

May 17, 2016
Summer Fun (and Ice Cream!) Celebrating summer with poolside living and Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Summmmmer! It’s right around the corner and I’m super excited. I mean seriously, if my office could be a lounge chair by the pool, cold drink in hand, I’d be in heaven. Sadly that’s not the case, but I fully intend to spend quite a few weekends by the pool, at the lake, or at the […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Lightened-Up Chicken Pasta Primavera {GF} + a Skinny Suppers Cookbook Giveaway!

May 9, 2016
Lightened-Up Chicken Pasta Primavera {GF} - A healthier version of a pasta classic that's still every bit as flavorful, loaded with veggies and a spicy kick of pepper.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Fact: I ♡ pasta. And when I say pasta, I mean the creamy, cheesy kind – AKA – the kind that you feel a little guilty eating, but not really, because it’s so so good. Give me a way to make this kind of pasta a little healthier and I’m alllll over it. For a few years […]

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