Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

A glass bottle filled with homemade lemonade syrup, a bowl of lemons, and two glasses on a wooden table.

Homemade Lemonade

Pucker up, cuz you’re going to want to sip the bejeebers out of this ridiculously easy, sweetly tart lemonade. Wowza.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 17
A glass spice jar filled with cinnamon sugar, lying on its side with some cinnamon sugar poured out.

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar

Yes, a recipe for cinnamon sugar. Because ‪‎so often life leaves us wanting to be a kid again. And this proportion of cinnamon to sugar is the bomb.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
Three pretzel rolls on a piece of parchment.

Pretzel Rolls

You’re gonna be astounded at just how easy pretzel rolls are to make at home. And yes, they taste like the real authentic German deal.

  • (15)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 44
A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through.

  • (27)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 121
A brown paper bag with popped microwave popcorn spilling out of it.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Yes, you can make microwave popcorn on your own with just a brown paper bag. No artificial colors. No fake butter. No nasty preservatives. Bring on your next Netflix binge!

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A round of farmers cheese resting on a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl.

Farmer Cheese

This homemade farmer cheese is rich, creamy, lovely, and crazy easy to make. Sorta like a poor man’s (or shall we say, lazy man’s) homemade ricotta. Here’s how to make it.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
Cast iron pot with braised new potatoes inside

Braised New Potatoes

All the rich creaminess of potatoes sloooooowly roasted with your favorite roast. But in just 30 minutes on the stovetop. The secret? Braise ’em in butter.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
An oval platter filled with homemade spaetzle.

Homemade Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
A woman holding a small batch of Rice Krispies treats for two on a piece of wax paper.

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

The perfect solution when you need a last-moment sweet something or crave a little something sweet but don’t want an entire pan sitting around to tempt you.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
Eight vegan fudge brownies on a marble surface.

Vegan Fudge Brownies

Proof that spectacularly fudgy, messily gooey, intensely chocolatey brownies can be made without butter or eggs.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 3 H, 55 M
  • 2