14 "Million-Dollar" Recipes That Will Wow the Crowds

Million Dollar Cake
Photo: Auctionjunky1953

A recipe's name can tell you a lot about it, from the simplicity of the cooking process to the taste of a finished product. So when you see a recipe with a descriptor as lofty as "million-dollar" or "millionaire," expectations start to run a little high. Luckily, these quick and easy "million-dollar" recipes are worthy of their pricey name. They're classics that you can always count on, especially when it comes to impressing eaters. Scroll through to see our collection of top-rated million-dollar and millionaire's recipes, and see why they've won people over for so many years.

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Millionaire Pie

Millionaire Pie
yellowrose82

This classic no-bake pie only requires six ingredients and has an incredibly relaxed cooking process: Blend and stir the ingredients, then pour them into a pie pan, and let your refrigerator work its magic. This recipe yields two pies, which is good news for everyone who will want a second slice.

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Million-Dollar Spaghetti

Million-Dollar Spaghetti in a casserole dish
Baking Nana

This simple spaghetti casserole strikes the perfect balance of pasta, ground beef, and cheese, so chances are it'll become a staple in your home. To change things up, try using a mixture of ground beef and sausage, or replacing the spaghetti with a completely different noodle, such as rigatoni.

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Million Dollar Fudge

Million Dollar Fudge
JanMcD

This fudge recipe is also known as Martha Washington fudge and makes a treat so rich and creamy that even old-fashioned fudge eaters will love it. Best of all, the process is so simple and quick that you can whip up this sensational fudge whenever you want.

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"Million Dollar" Chinese Cabbage Salad

"Million Dollar" Chinese Cabbage Salad
Mary Zink

This irresistible salad is simple enough for a rushed weeknight, but stands out (and wins people over) enough to both fit in and become a regular dish at potlucks. Community members recommend making all three components ahead of time and storing them separately. This gives the sauce ample time to emulsify without creating a soggy salad.

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Million Dollar Cake

Million Dollar Cake
Auctionjunky1953

This cake starts out simply enough, with a yellow cake box mix, but the real star here is the frosting — it's sweet, tangy, creamy, and juicy all at once and tastes like ambrosia you can eat with a spoon. To give the cake more flavor, drain the pineapple and orange juices, and use the mixture instead of water.

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Million Dollar Dip

Million Dollar Dip
Chef John

Chef John's take on Neiman Marcus dip really hones in on cheesy richness and pops of savory flavor. It's delicious enough to dress up the simplest of crackers, and will win over every guest at the party or potluck.

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Millionaire's Cake

Millionaire's Cake
karyn

There is one slight flaw in this recipe, and it's that it assumes we won't want to use two layers of yellow cake. Luckily, the solution is simple — either use a boxed Jiffy cake mix, which yields the perfect amount of cake for this recipe, or double the remaining ingredients to make a double-layered cake.

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Million Dollar Chicken

Million Dollar Chicken
Aja

This recipe uses a concept that's truly worth a million dollars: By roasting chicken on thick slices of sourdough bread, you end up with a tender vessel that absorbs the chicken's drippings and ends up loaded with flavor. If you don't have sourdough on hand or don't care for it, another loaf bread, such as French or Italian, will work just as well.

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Million Dollar Bars

Million Dollar Bars
magicallydelicious

This candy is quick and easy and comes together using ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. There are also plenty of ways to play around with this recipe, such as using a mix of butterscotch and chocolate chips or using almonds instead of peanuts — if you've got an idea, stick to the format and go with it. To take things up a notch, make your own caramel beforehand and use that instead.

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Million Dollar Pickles

Million Dollar Pickles
pomplemousse

Good things come to those who wait, and these easy, rave-worthy pickles definitely apply here. These pickles are simultaneously sweet and sharp, giving you that classic zing that makes so many people love pickles in the first place. If you have an overabundance of cucumbers in your garden, these pickles are a perfect excuse to use them up and, only if you want, give them away.

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Hawaiian Millionaire Pie

Hawaiian Millionaire Pie
MrsFisher0729

This take on millionaire pie gets a little more taste and texture thanks to the addition of walnuts and maraschino cherries that perfectly complement the crushed pineapple and creamy filling. Before adding the pineapple to the mixing bowl, be sure to drain it well; otherwise, you'll end up with a runny pie.

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Million Dollar Mussels

Million Dollar Mussels
sk84lyph

Mussels are already a bit extravagant, and the sauce in this recipe complements them perfectly. The sherry may be a little overpowering for people who don't care for it, in which case you may want to reduce the amount or omit it altogether.

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Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire's Shortbread
Kim's Cooking Now

The shortbread in these millionaire-worthy bars are tender but still a little crunchy, like a Twix bar, and using condensed milk to make the "caramel" layer makes it nice and sticky without being overly sweet. The milk chocolate layer on top is just decadent enough to cut through the bar's additional flavors.

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Instant Millionaire Pie for Diabetics

Instant Millionaire Pie on a brown background
JeanTheMachine78

If you want to enjoy a millionaire pie without going overboard on the added sugar, this recipe makes a nice compromise — it's not truly a sugar-free pie since the remaining ingredients, especially the canned pineapple, still contain sugar, but it is a nice start that won't make your head spin.

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