July 4th Recipe Roundup - 50+ Recipes for your Fourth of July tables, including everything from drinks and savory dishes to bread and desserts. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If you’re pumped and ready for some hot bbq, cold cocktails, and loads of good food this weekend, I feel your vibes 100%. Friday + holiday weekend + food and fireworks = perfection in my mind. SO, in the name of July 4th, here’s 50+ recipes to help you celebrate in full food-loving style. There’s everything […]

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Blackberry-Swirled Cheesecake Ice Cream - A luscious ice cream with that classic cheesecake tang, loaded with crunchy bits of graham cracker crumble and swirled with homemade blackberry sauce.  THIS is what summer should taste like! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’d like to think that sharing this ice cream with the world right now makes me a pretty selfless person, because really, is there any other reason why I would taunt myself with what’s without a doubt one of the best ice creams I’ve ever made or eaten WHILE I’m trying to do this whole be-healthy, no-sweets […]

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Chocolate & Sprinkles Layer Cake + Ultimate Foodie Giveaway

June 29, 2015
Chocolate & Sprinkles Layer Cake | An extra fun celebration cake - supremely tender, moist, and chocolatey, with sweet cream cheese frosting and a heavy dose of colorful sprinkles. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I think we can actually call it a happy Monday today — we’ve got cake and a GIGANTIC giveaway goin’ on! Because of that, this is a pretty heavy post already, so I’ll keep my food-obsessing/blabbing to a minimum. Here’s what’s up: The Cake: Two layers of extra tender and moist, rich chocolate cake, surrounded by some […]

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Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey

June 26, 2015
Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey | A quintessential drink for warm summer afternoons - tart and refreshing with background notes of honey that lend the perfect bit of floral sweetness.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet (or long and a little tart if we’re talking about this cocktail), because it’s FRIDAY and anything more just feels overwhelming at the moment. Is anybody else this ready for the weekend? Please share your AMENS!! The truth is that you really don’t want to hear me […]

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Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Waffles + a Giveaway!

June 24, 2015
Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Waffles -  an extra-cheesy, savory spin on waffles - think breakfast for dinner! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is monumental you guys. Today, after just about 4(!!!) years of blogging, I finally get to add a waffle section to the site. French toast has been around here for a while, pancakes have yet to make an appearance, and for the very first time we have a waffle recipe! It’s exciting stuff. Of […]

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Brown Sugar Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

June 22, 2015
Brown Sugar Blueberry-Peach Cobbler - A juicy mixture of seasonal fruit sweetened with brown sugar and topped with flaky, buttery, pie crust stars for a patriotic twist. | www.brighteyedbalker.com

I’m about to make it look like I’m this very organized, on-top-of-things kinda person who does stuff like plan holiday recipes two weeks in advance, but the truth is, I just got lucky. What started out as a spontaneous idea for using some ripening peaches turned into a dessert that’s perfect for the 4th of July, purely because […]

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Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Crust Rolls

June 20, 2015
Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Crust Rolls - flaky, buttery pastries swirled with a sweet layer of cinnamon-sugar | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s a weird twist of fate that sometimes the best recipes are the ones you throw together haphazardly. Sometimes they aren’t the ones that look the most perfect or seem the most gourmet, but instead just simple things that cater to the inner cravings you didn’t even realize you had. These little pie crust rolls (even the name sounds entirely […]

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Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz

June 18, 2015
Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz - a crisp, refreshing spin on the gin fizz with an added hint of basil and elderflower liqueur. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO – I’m calling this a cucumber-mint gin fizz, but really, there’s wayyy more going on with this cocktail. It’s a spin on the gin fizz that I first discovered at a bar in San Francisco and immediately set out to replicate, and it’s one of those drinks that surprises you with how good it […]

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Layer Cake

June 16, 2015
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Layer Cake - three layers of dark chocolate cake with an intense cookie dough filling and buttery brown sugar frosting. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

YOU GUYS… THIS CAKE. It deserves all-caps, a million exclamation marks, and more; it’s that epic. I’m a very sinful person who waited almost 2 years to share this recipe with all you chocolate-hoarders and cookie dough-lovers out there (I don’t know what’s wrong with me, honestly), but finally it’s out. You can thank me anytime. […]

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Healthy Raspberry-Coconut Crisps {gf, vegan}

June 11, 2015
Healthy Raspberry-Coconut Crisps: an easy, made-for-two crisp recipe that's #glutenfree and #vegan | http://www.brighteyedbaker.com

Have you ever looked up the difference between a crumble and a crisp? The answers are all over the place and therefore I’ve come to conclude that we essentially use two different names to describe one dessert purely for the sake of confusing people. I’ve always understood that crumbles have oats in the topping and crisps don’t, but there […]

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