Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

A glazed lemon pull-apart coffee cake on a wooden board with a spoon and jar of glaze beside it.

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

“Absolutely the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time!” That’s what we’re hearing about this buttery, citrusy, playfully easy-to-eat coffee cake. We’re not arguing with that sentiment.

  • (20)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 88
A pile of Viennese crescent cookies on a platter with greenery and Christmas ornaments on the side

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city’s fancier pastries as our fave.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 16
A person removing a slice of fresh tomato tart with a lifter and a bowl of pesto and black pepper on the side.

Fresh Tomato Tart

A perfectly flaky crust. A simple goat cheese filling. Some fresh pesto. And those spectacular heirloom tomatoes sitting on your counter. Surprisingly simple. Impressively spectacular.

  • (5)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 12
A purple plum torte with dripping juice on a baking pan, all on a cooling wrap

Plum Torte

One taste and you’ll understand why this is the most popular recipe from The New York Times. A new American classic.

  • (13)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 56
A white plate with a slice of blueberry-lemon layer cake

Blueberry-Lemon Layer Cake

Pretty much guaranteed to be one of those desserts that makes people do face-plants onto their dessert plates. A David Leite original recipe.

  • (7)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 20
A few tahini chocolate chip cookies on a torn piece of parchment paper.

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

As easy as the classic Toll House recipe but a lot more memorable, these beauties boast ample chocolate chunks, a subtle nuttiness from the tahini, crackly edges, and oh so soft centers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
A rhubarb brown sugar pie cut into 7 wedges with one slice missing.

Rhubarb Brown Sugar Pie

Dare we say this is better than your mom’s rhubarb pie? We dare. This lovely rendition flaunts a lovely custard filling with sweet-tart rhubarb atop an impossibly buttery and flaky crust.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 8
A stack of several oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire paddle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and (sorta) wholesome through and through, these are a revelatory riff on the classic.

  • (14)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 50
A tangle of brown butter pasta, toasted pine nuts, and two fried eggs on a plate with three forks in it.

Brown Butter Pasta

This tempting tangle of fettuccine, brown butter, and eggs makes paltry pantry items somehow seem perfectly lovely for brunch, lunch, or a late, late, late supper.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 14
Three hot cross buns on a wire rack with a bowl of glaze and a spoon.

Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally sold in bakeries on Good Friday, hot cross buns are little currant-filled rolls that are slightly sweet and richly tender and oh so hard to resist. And even better when made at home.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 5