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Pillsbury Bake-OffThe Pillsbury Bake-Off is back!

After taking a year off due to pandemic concerns, the 49th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off changed the recipe in 2021 for how to enter and win the America's biggest cooking contest.

This year's contest runs from Mondy, July 18 to Sunday, August 14, 2022.

In a new twist for 2022, the traditional Pillsbury Bake-Off becomes "ovens off" for trhe summer.

So step away from hot oven this year and start grilling, air frying, slow cooking, or find other ingenius ways to enter the 2022 Pillsbury "Ovens Off" Bake-Off contest.

(And be sure to check below for Insider tip on how to win!)

This year’s 51st Bake-Off will select one Grand Prize Winner.who will receive a check for $50,000 plus an extra $50,000 to donate to an eligible charity.

The main course, naturally, remains a winning recipe which may be submitted according to the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest guidelines using a variety of existing Pillsbury products in new and creative ways.

pillsbury bake-off winner
Julie Holden of Austin, Texas won last year's bake-off with the Sugar Cookie Skillet Pancake..


Just up ahead, check out more about the history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, together with insider tips, secrets on how to win, and related resources around the web ...

All about the Pillsbury Bake-Off

In the world of cooking contests, the Pillsbury Bake-Off is the big one.

For the first twenty years of Pillsbury Bake-Off history, the cooking contest was held once a year. Eventually, the contest came to be hosted bi-annually. By the 1990's, the Grand Prize had grown to a cool million dollars plus $50,000 in runners-up prizes.

Along with establishing their baking prowess, lucky winners were featured in a nationally televised event that featured such notable hosts as Bob Barker, Art Linkletter, Alex Trebek, Marie Osmond, Oprah Winfrey, and Martha Stewart.

But over the years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off had become a victim of its own success. Critics grumbled about too many rules and too many contestants. Insiders were also beginning to point to the factory-line feel to the once homey baking competition.

The end of the old format finally came with an official press release in 2016 as Pillsbury announced "we are currently assessing how this 67-year-old contest comes to life in a relevant way for a new generation." And a new recipe for the Pillsbury Bake-Off was born.

In 2017 the company revamped the format to include easier rules and a mobile app for submitting entries. Gone was the cool million dollars awarded to the grand prize winner, which was replaced with a check for $50,000, a variety of other prizes and national fame as the winner and new champion of the Pillsbury Bake-Off!

How to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest

cinammon swirlsThe twist to the Pillsbury Bake Off is that contestants must use products from a list of products made by Pillsbury.

Past winners have made a wide variety of dishes — from cookies to pies to paninis. Remember that the back story to the recipe is all-important to the total score, so be sure to make it heartwarming, entertaining, and ultimately relatable to millions of other families coast to coast.

Another secret ingredient to a winning bake-off recipe? Avoid the overly-complicated in favor of 'ease and speed', say bake-off veterans.

Also keep in mind that recipes are judged in four separate categories including taste, appearance, creativity, and crowd appeal.

Finalists who send in their recipes, and make it through the judging process, have their recipes hosted on the official bake-off website where they are judged by visitors. Past winner and finalist recipes are also hosted on the website, along with detailed cooking instructions, ratings, reviews, and plenty of mouth watering pictures.

Will your recipe have a chance to win the grand prize in the 2022 Pillsbury Bake-Off? You'll never know unless you try.

So, hey, get baking and ... best of luck!

More about the Pillsbury Bake-Off around the Web:

Pillsbury Bake-Off - The official site featuring submission tips, entry form, FAQ, photos and featured recipes from contests past. .

Every Single Winning Dish From the Pillsbury Bake-Off - Check out a great survey of recipes from past winners.

Pillsbury Bake-Off - Wikipedia - Brief overview with a list of every recipe that took the grand prize from 1942 to the present, with related references and resources.

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