Bright-Eyed Baker

Passionate baker, recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger at 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!

Mocha Peanut Butter S’mores Milkshake {GF}

Even though it’s almost October (how did this happen?!) the weather still feels pretty summer-like in California and, let’s be honest, the ice cream vibes are still strong. Of course like the really good food blogger I am I’ve posted a total of *zero* ice cream recipes this summer, but I’m attempting to semi make […] ...more

Let’s Get Cookin’: Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Walnuts

I can’t even explain how much I love roasted brussels sprouts. Every time I meet someone who hates brussels sprouts it becomes my mission to change their mind, and the first thing I always tell people is to try them roasted. Any which way it’s done – with the classic balsamic glaze, straight-up and simple […] ...more

Let’s Get Cookin’: Sausage & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with JaM Cabernet

It’s come to my attention that summer is (sadly) on its way out the door, and since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I say that...more

Chocolate-Topped Chewy Caramel Blondies

Wowza. Not even sure where to start with these blondies except to say that...more

Tropical Rum Punch

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated” ....more

Mini Cinnamon-Maple Baked Doughnuts {GF}

SO. This is another one of those old recipes I’m finally posting (all part of the get-back-into-blogging-groove), but these I totally remember. I remember them because I made multiple batches and couldn’t really figure out what wasn’t quite right about them until I finally realized there are some gluten-free flours I can handle and others […] ...more

One-Bowl Glazed Chocolate Chip Muffins

I may be 23 years old, but I still can’t seem to get over the hitch that I (almost) always crave something sweet over savory for breakfast. I wish I was one of those people who could truthfully claim that my morning meals consist of avocado toast and...more

Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

To all the OG readers out there who’ve been around since day one: remember when I used to do confessions with every blog...more

Raspberry Hazelnut Financiers {GF} + A Giveaway!

There’s something to say about a recipe you can tweak...more

Cheers! Classic Cocktail Roundup

Truth: I consider myself something of a cocktail aficiando, but I would really like...more