Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

A slice of a three layer blueberry lemon cake with cream cheese frosting on a plate with a fork beside it.

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.

  • (6)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 16
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.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 30
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
Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know when you taste something and can’t help but pause and sigh with content? This subtly sweet lemon cake does that to us each and every darn time.

  • (12)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 38
A whole ligurian almond cake cooling on a wire rack.

Ligurian Almond Cake

A remarkably—and deceptively—simple that cake boasts an understated elegance that befits this frugal and classic Italian dessert.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A wheel of brie cheese baked pastry, on top is a dollop of apricot preserves

Baked Brie en Croûte

Store-bought puff pastry makes this elegant baked Brie a cinch to pull off. (But that can be our little secret.)

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2