Jessica Berndt, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica Berndt has tested.

A slice of chocolate cream pie with Oreo crust and chocolate curls on a white plate with a fork resting beside it.

Chocolate Cream Pie with Oreo Crust

First you make an Oreo cookie crust. Then you smother it with a bittersweet and semisweet chocolate custard. The final flourish is whipped cream infused with vanilla. Sigh.

Almond roca in a green bowl, broken layers of chocolate, caramel, and sliced almonds, on striped fabric

Almond Roca

Studded with almonds and coated in silky chocolate, this roca—essentially toffee—is utterly impossible to resist. Give it as a holiday gift.

A pile of crescent-shaped 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.

Several of Dorie Greenspan's rugelach tumbling our of a jar

Dorie Greenspan’s Rugelach

These butter and cream cheese pastries are filled with cinnamon-sugared nuts, a slick of jam, currants, and a handful of chopped chocolate.

Two white bowls filled with strawberry rhubarb compote and two spoons resting between them.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberries, rhubarb, lemon, and sugar are all it takes to fix a batch of the sassiest pink sauce you’ve ever tasted.

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.

A sliced kugelhopf in a round metal platter

Kugelhopf

Part bread, part cake, kugelhopf is made like brioche except it’s studded with raisins, brushed with butter, and dusted with sugar.

A cast-iron skillet filled with asparagus frittata on a wooden table with a fork on the side.

Asparagus Frittata

When spring is in the air, or if you just wish it was, this beguiling asparagus frittata will make your heart go pitter-patter.