Annie Leslie, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Annie Leslie has tested.

Cream being poured from a pitcher into a highball glass for a white Russian cocktail.

White Russian

Happen to have a bottle of Kahlua collecting dust in the back of your liquor cabinet? Mix up one of these. (And, if you’re bored, you could recreate scenes from The Big Lebowski…)

  • (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
  • 20
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. And that everyone pretty much always has the ingredients for on hand.

  • (39)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 122
A wire basket lined with a napkin and filled with bacon Cheddar biscuits.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

These Southern-style biscuits are just the thing for almost any occasion. Go on, we dare you. Try to think of a time you wouldn’t want them. (See what we mean?!)

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
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.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 7
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.

  • (6)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 25
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