Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

Passionate baker, recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger at Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker. I love creating in the kitchen and hope to share my enthusiasm with others, inspiring more people to bake (and cook!) from scratch. Some of the recipes I share are simple, while others are a bit more involved, but I try to make them all very well-tested, well-explained, and approachable, so that everyone can feel brave and accomplished in the kitchen!

The Half Windsor Cocktail + Tips for Throwing a Fantastic Outdoor Party

Ohmygoodness. It’s been forever and a day since I’ve posted something new here and I feel very inadequate/brain-scrambled/excited about finally being back with something new. I actually have a lot of things I want to talk about, like WHY I’ve been MIA and how life can be so overwhelming, and all kinds of other random […] ...more

Confession #145: I have a thing for crêpes…Easy Nutella Crêpes

Today I wanted to share something new. (In addition to these crêpes, of course.) Meet Maggie. She’s my little sister, the girl I’ve spent half my life arguing with but couldn’t live without, occasional hand-model and video-taker for the blog, and the pickiest taste-tester I have ....more

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey’s}

If there’s one thing I can get on board with spiking, it’s a sweet, silky, chocolate-y, cream I can add my to lattés in the name of lazy weekend mornings. (Or hectic Monday mornings, or whatever, because who’s really keeping track?) In other words, I’m totally on board with homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It takes […] ...more

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

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 ...more

Confession # 143: I have a banana-baking impulse…Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

There’s something about an uber-ripe batch of bananas that makes me become a banana hoarder. And if I go to the store and see a bunch covered in those tell-tale brown speckles, all plans are out the window because I’m making banana bread… or muffins, or coffeecake, or SOMETHING. What I’m...more

40+ Sweet Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Although I had every intention of sharing another dessert for Valentine’s Day with you all, time got away from me and I can see now that it’s just not going to happen. The recipe...more

Let’s Get Cookin’: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction

This is ironic, to say the least. Here I am, the girl who refused to eat any form of pork up until a few months ago, officially pushing the publish button on the first ever non-vegetarian recipe on the blog which includes BACON. Not only that, but it combines bacon with dates, which I now […] ...more

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + Minted. Giveaway!

Rose cupcakes and a Valentine’s Day Minted giveaway… I’d say Monday is off to a pretty sweet start, wouldn’t you? There’s all kinds of good stuff going on here today: perfect chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes, an incredible strawberry cream cheese frosting that will knock your socks off, and $100 towards Valentine’s Day cards from Minted. -...more

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Confession #142: I’m a snacker… Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars

As much as I loooove a good sandwich, one that’s warm and toasty and packed with yummy fillings, I rarely ever have one because I’m just not a big lunch eater. My list of meal priorities goes something like: breakfast, dinner/dessert (actually dessert might come before dinner), and then… lunch. At best, lunch for me […] ...more