Treat recipe worth $1 million

THE RECIPE for Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters, the winner of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off, is valued at $1 million.

Since 1949, amateur bakers and dough enthusiasts around America have participated in the Pillsbury Bake-Off competition. While the rules and prizes have been tweaked over the decades, this year, to be eligible to win the grand prize of one million smackers, applicants were required to use at least two ingredients from an approved list, which includes a bunch of classic Pillsbury products and secondary brands, like Green Giant and Jif Peanut Butter, and no more than seven ingredients total.

The Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters features 6 ingredients:


  • 1 Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 tablespoon Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup salted cocktail peanuts
  • 2/3 cup toffee bits

The Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters probably taste good, as things made with peanut butter and pastry dough often do. But their presentation wouldn’t shock a bake sale or make a PTA parent writhe with envy.

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