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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Peanut Butter Cookies with Salted Chocolate Ganache - two amazing flavors come together in one super-soft cookie. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #OXOGoodCookies

Peanut butter + chocolate + a touch of flaky sea salt – yes, yes, yes and please pass me two. This is for all the peanut butter cup lovers out there because if peanut butter cups were cookies, these would be them. They’re perfect little bites of super-soft peanut-butteriness topped with a swirl of silky […]

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Cookie Butter and Chocolate Ganache Crêpe Cake

September 25, 2014
Cookie Butter and Chocolate Ganache Crêpe Cake - a showstopper dessert that doesn't require any fancy cake-decorating skills. |www.brighteyedbaker.com

Should I just apologize upfront for the obscene size of this crêpe cake? 40 layers, you guys. Yes, I went overboard. In reality, this is probably the size of a 3-tier layer cake (like this ombré one that I’m in love with), but somehow cooking 40 crêpes and then managing to stack them all on […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini

September 23, 2014
Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini - a simple but elegant appetizer that packs a punch of flavor.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m a firm believer that pretty much anything involving bread + cheese is bound to be good. As I say that I’m mentally challenging myself with memories of grilled cheese sandwiches made from plain ol’ white sandwich bread and extra-basic american cheese, but even then, it’s still grilled cheese. When you take good bread and amazing cheese […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Making Caramel the No-Cream Way

September 20, 2014
10 Things You Should Know About Making Caramel the No-Cream Way | http://www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of my favorite things in the world is caramel. Caramel candies, caramel ice cream, caramel chocolates, caramel iced lattes, caramel sauce… please give me alllll the caramel, thank you. Apparently, there are a lot of you out there who feel the same (we’re kindred souls) because the DIY caramel sauce recipe I shared two-years back is STILL […]

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Vanilla Bean Biscotti

September 15, 2014
Vanilla Bean Biscotti - a light, subtly sweet biscotti that's perfect for dunking.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guyyyyys… It has literally been ages since I posted a biscotti recipe. And when I say ages, I mean that it was back in the time of recipes that I hardly ever link to because my photography skills were seriously dismal. Today I realized that I definitely need to bring biscotti back into my life again ASAP […]

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Classic Mojito

September 12, 2014
Classic Mojito - a light and refreshing cocktail with a bright lime flavor and cool mint undertones.| www.brighteyedbaker.com #cocktail

I was trying to decide what recipe to share today and then I just figured, Friday = TGIF = cocktails, obviously. You with me? I’m sure there are about a million and one ways to make a mojito, just like there are a million and one ways to make a margarita (<—- my favorite!), but the fun thing […]

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Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait

September 10, 2014
Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those times when you just need a mid-day chocolate fix? So maybe you don’t know those times because you’re not a chocolate addict like some people I know (ahem – me), but if you do, you’ll know where I’m coming from here. Sometimes it’s hard to combine healthy + snack + chocolate all in one […]

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Food & Travels: New York

September 8, 2014
Food & Travels: New York | The Flatiron Building | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Hey! Today I’m taking you on a little virtual trip to NYC.  Before I get started, I’ll embarrassingly admit that these photos have been sitting on my computer waiting to be shared for more than a year now, and that if I were on top of things I’d already be telling you about the trip I took […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Healthy Southwestern Quinoa

September 5, 2014
Healthy Southwestern Quinoa - a quick and easy dish packed with veggies that's anything but boring!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m just now realizing that it evidently looks like all the savory foods I eat involve corn, black beans, jalapeño peppers, and/or anything remotely Mexican-inspired. It’s obviously something I gravitate towards when I cook, mostly because when you’re not cooking with meat (which I don’t do often), you need to make things interesting in a different […]

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