Dessert Bars

Chocolate-Topped Chewy Caramel Blondies

August 16, 2016
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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One-Bowl Orange-Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies

February 27, 2015
One-Bowl Orange-Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies | www.brighteyedbaker.com

A couple weeks ago I went on this complete orange kick where I was adding orange juice and/or orange zest to evvvvverything (like these scones!). I think that subconsciously I was just feeling sick of winter, sick of the lack of seasonal fruit to work with, and uninspired by the January blahs that inevitably follow all […]

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

October 21, 2014
Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars - pie crust gets swapped out for a moist, cake base and a irresistible crumble topping in this easy recipe.

These crumb bars are for all of you out there who don’t like pie crust — to which I say, you’re craaaazzzzy, but we can still be friends. :) Basically, imagine taking a cinnamon-spiced, brown sugar-infused whole wheat dough and a rich, nutty crumble topping smattered with graham cracker crumbs and dotted with pecan bits, […]

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The Incredible Hull: Brown Butter Strawberry Blondies

May 22, 2014
Brown Butter Strawberry Blondies - an easy summer dessert studded with fresh, juicy strawberries. From @brighteyedbaker | brighteyedbaker.com #dessert #theincrediblehull

Woah… what is this?! A dessert recipe without chocolate? Umm… YES. Seeing as I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic, you should know that any dessert recipe sans chocolate that makes it on the blog is gonna be good. I know there are fruity-dessert lovers out there who are going to hate me for saying this, but usually I […]

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Confession #144: I can’t catch up with myself… Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

February 24, 2014
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars - the classic PB&J sandwich in an irresistible, cookie-like, crumb bar form. | brighteyedbaker.com

Embarrassing fact #1: I literally made and photographed these PB&J Bars more than a year ago, and then somehow never got around to posting them. Embarrassing fact #2: This is so not a one-time scenario. Somewhere in the mess of  3 scribbly recipe notebooks, 2 computers full of photos, and 1 jumbled brain, I have […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Magic Bars + a Video!

December 13, 2013
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Magic Bars Recipe - a peanut butter graham cracker cookie base layered with sweet and gooey sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. A fast, easy, addicting dessert! | brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like I’ve just rediscovered how incredible peanut butter is, for the umpteenth time in my life. I mean, I KNOW it’s good, but sometimes it just takes a heavy swirl of nutella or a solid helping of dark chocolate to remind me how much I love peanut butter. Anyhow, I’m officially loving peanut […]

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Peppermint Mocha Brownies + Coffee-mate Giveaway!

November 7, 2013
Peppermint Mocha Brownies - an easy and irresistible holiday dessert! From Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker @brighteyedbaker

I once heard that people start pinning holiday-related things on Pinterest 3-something months before the actual holiday. This totally baffles me (although it probably shouldn’t), because usually I can barely manage to post one holiday-themed recipe in time for an upcoming holiday. But wait, did I really make Peppermint Mocha Brownies a whole month before […]

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Confession #132: Life overwhelms me… Brown Butter Hazelnut Fig Bars

August 19, 2013
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How is it that it’s been more than two weeks since I started talking about this hazelnut recipe? There I was, being all efficient and explaining how to toast and skin hazelnuts in preparation for this post, and then… woah… two weeks go by and the post still isn’t up. Kinda like how it’s already […]

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Easter M&M’s Blondies

March 22, 2013
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You could say I’ve been into M&M’s lately. First it was Nutella Brownie Easter Egg Nests with M&M’s Speck-tacular Eggs (I always feel funny spelling that out) and now it’s Easter M&M’s Blondies. I think it’s the colors; I’m so ready for spring, and how can you not love all the colors popping out everywhere? […]

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Confession #115: I Have Too Much Fun with Holidays… Mint Oreo Brownies

March 12, 2013
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St. Patty’s Day is coming up! And since that holiday just happens to be my half-birthday as well, I thought brownies were in order. Okay, I promise, I don’t really celebrate my half birthday – or St. Patrick’s Day, for that matter. But I love any excuse to bake something fun and out of the […]

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