holiday baking

Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {GF} + Thermapen & Thermopop Giveaway!

December 14, 2016
Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {GF} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: These tartlets are dangerous. They’re rich and sinfully chocolatey, topped with a little boozy meringue, and guaranteed to prevent you from stopping at just one bite. Don’t blame me if “just a taste” turns into an entire tart; you were warned, after all. Other reasons why I love them (and possibly also […]

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Gingerbread Scones

January 6, 2015
Gingerbread Scones - tender scones with crispy edges and a perfect blend of cozy spices. | brighteyedbaker.com

I have my fingers crossed right now that gingerbread is still a thing even though the holidays are over. I SO wanted to share these scones before Christmas came and went, but the last few weeks have been completely chaotic (in the best way possible!) and here we are on the other end with me hoping that […]

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Petite Mint Cookies

December 23, 2014
Petite Mint Cookies - soft and chewy cookies studded with colorful petite mint chips.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those Smooth and Melty Mints – the ones with the nonpareil sprinkles on them that taste creamy and minty and ohhhh-so-good? Well, what you may not be aware of is that they’re also known (in mini form) as petite mints and they make awesome cookies. ← FACT. A couple months ago, I went to the store to grab […]

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Pecan Sandies

December 20, 2014
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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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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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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Confession #139: I’m Stuck in Holiday Gear… Dark Chocolate Almond Florentines

December 3, 2013
Dark Chocolate Almond Florentines  - Thin, crispy, and delicate lace cookies sandwiched and drizzled with bittersweet chocolate. | brighteyedbaker.com

Does anyone else feel like getting back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving is just rough? I’ve definitely been dragging my feet when it comes to accomplishing anything resembling work/real life. I just want to cruise straight into the winter holidays, bake cookies, drink peppermint mochas and ignore the fact that life isn’t a perpetual […]

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