Merlyn Cafaro, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Merlyn Cafaro has tested.

A bowl of easy queso dip with a person dipping a chip into it

Easy Queso Dip

Whether you prefer to dip, dunk, scoop, or smother, one thing is for certain. This is the dip you want to do it with.

Hands grabbing pieces of skillet pepperoni pizza with two glasses on the side and a bowl of parmesan and pepper flakes

Skillet Pepperoni Pizza

There’s no need for takeout when you can make this deep dish skillet pizza that’s laden with blistered tomatoes, pepperoni, and mozzarella.

A blue plate with a serving of creamy French chicken stew served over rice and garnished with parsley.

Creamy French Chicken Stew

This simple chicken stew, which is chock-full of vegetables, chicken, and served in a light cream sauce, feels decadent but is surprisingly virtuous.

A fork resting in a tangle of gorgonzola and walnut linguine on a green and white plate with a bowl of toasted walnuts on the side.

Gorgonzola and Walnut Linguine

An indulgent pasta made with toasted walnuts, cream, mascarpone, and gorgonzola. Worthy of a special occasion but on the table in just 25 minutes. Boom.

Three stacks of chewy molasses cookies on a white marble cake stand.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

The holidays incarnate. That’s what these cookies are to us. They’re magnificently and traditionally spiced and are crinkly and chewy. All in the best possible sort of way.

Fig jam thumbprint cookies in rows on a sheet of parchment paper.

Fig Jam Thumbprint Cookies

A more exotic take on the traditional thumbprint, the addition of fig jam takes these beauties to an even better place. Sweet, warm, and gorgeous.

Pecan tassies in close-up, piled on top of each other.

Pecan Tassies

Here’s another recipe for those of you that desire a higher crust to filling ratio. Tassies are really just tiny pecan pies, y’all.

A wire rack with a blueberry coffee cake and 2 slices on it, glazed and with a spoon sitting beside it.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Breakfast, snack, dessert–blueberry coffee cake does all that and more. Full of berries and topped with sweet glaze, you’re going to love it.