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Since October, we've been ever-so-anxiously awaiting the winner of the 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest, which just wrapped at the Fairmont Hotel downtown. And we need wait no more: A hearty mazel tov goes to Carolyn Gurtz of Gaithersburg, Md., whose six-ingredient Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, pictured at right, are worth a million bucks. But a local did rake in the title of America's Favorite Recipe, which is worth $5,000: Lancaster's Gwen Beauchamp, who served up her Toffee-Banana Brownies. The rest of the contest's winners can be found here -- though, really, I'm gonna have to pass on the Blue Cheese and Red Onion Jam Crescent Thumbprints. --Robert Wilonsky

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