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09/29/2015 10:59 am ET | Updated Sep 29, 2016

The Best Pillsbury Hacks You Can Make Right Now

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Pillsbury doughs are the Sorcerer's Stone for lazy cooks: they won't make you live forever, but they will make you feel unnaturally powerful because you're able to whip up incredible caramelized-on-the-outside, warm-and-soft on-the-inside cinnamon rolls when you're hungover on a Saturday morning. But when you start hacking those tubes of refrigerated crescents, biscuits, and crusts for entirely different recipes, you really become a masterful presence. Not in a bad way, like Voldemort, but in a great, all-knowing way because you can whip up your own salted caramel Cronuts in less time than it takes to read one HP chapter. These are some of the best ways you need to start using Pillsbury.

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Croissant Muffins
They're like bloated chocolate croissants, which just means there's more to love. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury crescents
  • Chocolate

Chicken Florentine "gnocchi"
Homemade gnocchi is no easy task, unless you cut corners and use refrigerated bread dough instead. The 30-minute recipe right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury crusty French loaf
  • Chicken
  • Alfredo sauce

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Donuts
As long as you have biscuit dough, hot oil, and a desire to fatten up for the winter, you can make delicious donuts, quickly. Find the steps here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk

Cronuts
This recipe takes donuts one step further, using flaky crescent dough to make cronuts. Oh, and there's salted caramel, too. Get the hack here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury crescents
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Caramel sauce

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Pizza pot pies
Individual pizza pot pies are stuffed with spicy sausage, peppers, and mozzarella, then topped with mini pepperoni pizzas. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
  • Italian sausage
  • Tomato sauce

Pie crust clusters
The crust finally gets to be the star. Mixed with salty peanuts and sweet toffee bits, these bite size treats will give your favorite pie a run for its money. The recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury pie crust
  • Peanuts
  • Toffee

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Garlic knot bread bowl
These buttery, garlicky bites taste just as good as the pizzeria variety, and making them is almost easier than calling for delivery. Plus, it bakes into a bowl shape, which is just waiting to be filled with warm sauce. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
  • Butter
  • Tomato sauce

Milk and cookie shots
When Dominique Ansel invented the chocolate chip cookie shot, he forever changed the way we eat milk and cookies. You don't need to be in New York to enjoy one though, just make your own with pre-made dough. Instructions here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Flour
  • Chocolate

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