The Most Popular Cook's Illustrated Recipes in April

Did you make any of these this month? If not, here's your inspiration.

Lemon–Olive Oil Tart

Butter isn't always better. An unorthodox ingredient is the key to this simple, …

Best Lemon Bars

What's the secret to bars with bold, multifaceted citrus flavor? Cut back on the…

Eggs in Spicy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (...

Shakshuka's savory, aromatic tomato sauce is a perfect foil for the rich, runny …

Cream Cheese Brownies

Everyone loves a rich brownie. Tangy cheesecake is a slam dunk. It’s too bad tha…

Caramelized Onion, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Tart

The key to quicker caramelized onions is the ingredient we least expected: water…

Cheese Soufflé

The first thing to know about cheese soufflé is that while it should look dramat…

Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Of course it should be rich and creamy. But for a version of this restaurant cla…

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

For a rich, earthy, nutty-tasting soup, we had to figure out how to make its sig…

Cuban Braised Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja)

Tender yet hearty strands make ropa vieja stand out from other Latin braised bee…

Easiest-Ever Biscuits

We combine two classic methods (and break a cardinal rule) to make tender, fluff…

Easy-Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs

You no longer need to fear the drudgery of peeling hard-cooked eggs—with the rig…

Scallion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce

Our version of this Chinese and Taiwanese classic delivers crispy, gorgeously la…

Pizza Al Taglio with Arugula and Fresh Mozzarella

Tender and airy yet substantial, this Roman pie is often topped like an open-fac…

Everyday French Toast

Forget drippy soaking methods and tedious batch cooking. Your oven is the most e…

Sous Vide Chocolate Pots De Crème

Pots De Crème is rich, decadent, and with the help of sous vide, supersimple to …

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

We set out to perfect the back-of-the-bag classic with a cookie that was crisp a…

Sautéed Mushrooms with Shallot and Thyme

Want savory, meaty-textured, deeply browned mushrooms without a lot of work, tim…

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Commonplace ingredients and a quick mixing method make these cookies convenient;…

Everyday Pad Thai

Our take on this iconic Thai street food vibrates with salty, sour, and sweet fl…

Classic Sloppy Joes

We examined every aspect of this family favorite to produce sandwiches with tend…

Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham

Ham is appealingly simple but often comes out dry and jerkylike. Here's what you…

Sous Vide No-Fuss Polenta

Let your sous vide do all the work.

Moroccan-Style Turkey Meatballs

Turkey meatballs have a justifiably bad reputation. But if you boost the flavors…

Panang Beef Curry

With a few tweaks to jarred curry paste, this rich, savory-sweet, deeply fragran…

Caramelized Onion Dip

The key to quicker caramelized onions is the ingredient we least expected: water…