Annie Leslie, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Annie Leslie has tested.

A stack of five lemon, thyme, and sea-salt shortbreads on a wooden board with a dish of sea salt and a lemon beside them.

Thyme, Lemon, and Sea Salt Shortbread

More savory than sweet, these shortbread go magnificently with booze of any sorts, from the most genteel of cocktails to your go-to wine from the corner store.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 5
Cranberry and orange relish in a white bowl on a baking sheet

Cranberry and Orange Relish

Doesn’t get much simpler than this make-ahead cranberry sauce. Simply simmer cranberries, sugar, and orange until you hear a “Pop!” Then slide it in the fridge. Your work is done.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 20
A white baking dish with a piece of patterned parchment and 15 squares of coconut blondies.

Coconut Blondies

Sweet! Gooey! Easy! Yum! Those are just a few of the lovely things we’re hearing about these coconutty beauties. Taste for yourself.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 17
Glazed nutmeg pound cake in a loaf pan on a circular cooling rack

Nutmeg Cake

This spice cake is soaked with rum syrup, making a lovely, albeit slightly boozy, gift when wrapped in parchment and tied with a bow.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 21
A person stirring flour into the basic pan gravy with a wooden spoon on a rimmed baking sheet.

Basic Pan Gravy

Great gravy doesn’t just happen by chance. Here’s how it does happen. And with no fuss. No mess. No lumps. Just easy, foolproof, soul-satisfying gravy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 11
A cake pan of golden brown cornbread with a slice removed

Cornbread

An easy, foolproof, ever so slightly sweet corn bread that comes together as quickly as it disappears. Just watch it.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 30
Three glass cups with scoops of strawberry cheesecake ice cream on a plate and dish towel

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This little taste of heaven is easy as can be. Smooth, rich, creamy ice cream that tastes just like cheesecake. No ice cream maker required.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 12 H
  • 11
A 3-layer coconut angel food cake covered in white frosting on a white cake stand

Coconut Angel Food Cake

Not just the stuff of sweet memories, angel food cake is still in fashion—and still fashionably simple to whip up. Truly heaven sent.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 19
A broken slice of banana bread stacked on a white plate

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves.

  • (21)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 80
Chicken roasted red with paprika in a casserole dish and plate of lime wedges on a wooden table

Peruvian Roast Chicken

This anything-but-boring bird borrows its Peruvian accent from a technicolor dreamcoat of paprika, lemon, garlic, and cumin.

  • (7)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 36
A white casserole dish filled with gingersnap and sweet potato casserole, topped with mini marshmallows and a spoon resting inside.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Gingersnaps

A Thanksgiving classic revisited with an added emphasis on sugar and spice and, yes, everything nice. A sweet potato mash topped with marshmallow and—believe it or not—crushed gingersnaps. Heresy? Or high-five-worthy? You tell us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 0

Stone Fruit Slump

Equal parts bohemian and tradition, this stone fruit slump marries the best aspects of cobbler and cake to sweet, sweet effect.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
An illustration of a white Russian cocktail with ice and a straw.

White Russian

The White Russian flirted with cult status after the release of The Big Lebowski, a Coen brothers production in which a fashionably unkempt Jeff Bridges…well, we won’t give it away.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 7
One ultra-thin chocolate chunk cookie resting against a roll of wax paper.

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A theatrical departure from the norm, these diaphanous beauties shatter dramatically as they deliver untold caramelized, bittersweet chocolate goodness.

  • (5)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 18