Jean Moats, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jean Moats has tested.

A metal oval baking dish filled with apple cranberry crisp.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

A recipe for apple cranberry crisp that can be made at a moment’s notice, whenever you have extra fruit or a craving for something cozy, sweet, and crisp.

Three burger buns topped with sesame seeds on a wooden surface.

Burger Buns

Beautiful burger buns. Were ever three words joined in such harmony? There are a lot more lovely things to be said about these pillowy specimens of bread awesomeness.

Two frozen chocolate-covered bananas on sticks with a bowl of peanuts and more popsicle sticks beside them.

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

We’re not sure what The King would say about this frozen riff on his fave sandwich. But with all due respect, does it really matter? Banana, chocolate, peanuts, and bacon!

Three personal pan lasagnas in glass dishes.

Personal Pan Lasagna

This loosely defined “lasagna” is an easy little cheat of a recipe that relies on store-bought ravioli, jarred sauce, and shredded cheese. Shhhhhh.

A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.

Mini Quiche for One

Quiche for one? It sounds a lot more ambitious than it actually is. It’s truly a cinch to make. So go on. Love yourself a little. Or a lot.

Several cut cinnamon pecan blondies on a white platter.

Cinnamon Pecan Blondies

Chewy, buttery, and teeming with toffee flavor, these are a sophisticated take on those made-from-a-box blondies you scarfed down with your carton of milk in the school cafeteria.

Two white bowls of carrot and ginger soup on a piece of wood

Carrot and Ginger Soup

A healthy-though-you-wouldn’t-know-it-from-the-taste soup that comes together with just a few cheap ingredients and boasts a sweet earthiness tempered by just the right amount of warmth.

A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This toss-it-together-and-shove-it-in-the-oven casserole is exactly what macaroni and cheese ought to be—easy, cheesy, crumb-topped, and knee-wobblingly indulgent.

Rows of peanut butter sandies dough balls with a cookie scoop placing another dough ball on the surface.

Peanut Butter Sandies

New York Times’ reporter Julia Moskin divulges the recipe for City Bakery’s Peanut Butter Sandies. You’re welcome.

Danish chocolate-streusel coffee cake with chocolate filling and slivered almonds topping on a white plate

Danish Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake

Coffee cake extraordinaire made with a simple-to-make yeasted dough, a swirl of cinnamon and chocolate, and a sprinkling of almonds, makes an impressively indulgent breakfast.

A muffin tin half filled with uncooked carrot muffins.

Carrot Muffins

These little lovelies contain sugar and spice and everything nice–including an oh-so-buttery oat streusel and a batter so enticing you’d never, ever guess it’s good for you.

A stack of three whole-wheat pancakes with strawberry sauce, a couple whole strawberries, and confectioners' sugar sprinkled over the top.

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Made with half whole wheat flour and half white flour, these pancakes are light and fluffy and improbably enticing for something that actually has redeeming nutritional qualities.

A spoon resting in a dish of cornmeal drop-biscuit peach cobbler.

Cornmeal Drop-Biscuit Peach Cobbler

Ah, summer. Ah, cobbler. Those two sentiments are sort of one in the same, don’t you agree, seeing as each is easy, effortless, and always enticing?

A woman's hand using a biscuit cutter on cream biscuit dough

Easy Cream Biscuits

Scandalously simple. Ethereally airy. Magical. That’s but a sampling of what folks are saying about these two-ingredient, Southern-style cream biscuits.

A tangle of Japanese cucumber salad, made with cucumbers, mint, cilantro, and an rice vinegar dressing.

Japanese-Style Cucumber Salad

Simple. Surprising. Spunky. Just what we look for in a summer salad. Just what we found in this jumble of cucumbers, vinegar, and ginger.

A slice of blueberry buckle with layers of blueberries and a crumb topping of butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger

Blueberry Buckle

Not familiar with buckle? It’s essentially a ginormous muffin that’s generously strewn with ample amounts of everyone’s favorite part— the crumbly streusel.

A white bowl filled with quick navy-bean stew.

Quick Navy-Bean Stew

Ready in just half an hour, this simple but not unsophisticated stew brings you all the complexity of one that simmered twice as long. Sorry, Campbell’s.

A large glazed apple dumpling on a white plate against a yellow background

Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings are a bit homier than the typical apple pie or tart and very easy to make. These apple dumplings are glazed and burst with apple flavor.