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Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

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These cute little bites of pumpkin and sweet cream cheese frosting are a perfect Fall treat! Top them with a little Hershey Kiss acorn, and they are a sweet place setting for Thanksgiving!

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If you have followed this blog for very long, you know that I hate pumpkin. I cave in to autumn recipes though and sometimes create pumpkin treats for you all. I rely on others to tell me how they taste, and these got RAVE reviews from my taste-testing friends.

They are an adaptation of my mom’s delicious Pumpkin Roll, but in cute and bite-size portions!

And then there are those cute little acorns- easy and fun to make for your fall celebrations.

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Here’s how we created all of this yummy-ness! (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 38-40 mini cupcakes)


  • 2/3 cup pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Frosting: (halve this if you don’t like piles of frosting as shown in my photos!)

  • 8 oz (1 package) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (melted)


  • 40 Hershey kisses
  • 40 mini Nilla Wafers
  • about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix together all of the cupcake ingredients, adding the flour, cinnamon and soda last.  Blend well.
  • Spoon into mini cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes
  • Cool completely and frost.


  • On medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until smooth.
  • Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low until completely combined.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled mini cupcakes.
  • Add leaf sprinkles and acorn (if desired)


  • Count out about 40 chocolate chips, Nilla Wafers and (unwrapped!) Hershey kisses.
  • Melt remaining chocolate chips
  • Set Nilla Wafers flat side up on a plate.
  • Spread a small amount of melted chocolate on the bottom of a Hershey kiss and set it (melted chocolate side down) on a Nilla Wafer. Repeat until all kisses are placed and refrigerate until hardened together.
  • Use a toothpick to put a small amount of melted chocolate on a chocolate chip and carefully hold to the top of the Nilla Wafer until it hardens and stays (when the Nilla Wafer is cold from the fridge, this happens in seconds).
  • Use to decorate your table and your cupcakes!!!

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My thoughts: Cute, easy and (according to my friends!) delicious! I hope you get a chance to try these little bites of fall happiness! Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other really fun and cute fall treats: (click on a photo to see the recipe!)

Tepee CupcakesPumpkin Pie Cutout cookies!Football Field Oreo PopsChocolate Football Cookies!




Spiderweb Cookies

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Delicious sugar cookies covered in chocolate spiders and webs. Too cute to be scary!

I’m on a spider kick for Halloween. I’ve had some decently horrifying experiences with spiders at my house this fall, so when I think scary- this is it! My last post featured them on cupcakes and this week it’s cookies. These are delicious, easy, and so much fun to put together!

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Here’s how I made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in whatever colors you choose (I used orange and purple)
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s Candy Melts in dark chocolate
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Candy eyes


  • Make spider “faces” first so they have time to harden up. Melt chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Dip vanilla wafers entirely in the melted chocolate until coated. Remove using a fork, tap against side of bowl and slide bottom along edge.
  • Place on parchment paper and place 2 eyes on each. Allow these to harden completely. Save excess chocolate to use for web on cookies.

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  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness.
  • Cut into spider webs with a cookie cutter (I used this one– totally got it at Wal Mart)
  • Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.
  • Re-melt the chocolate candy melts and spoon them into a small zip-top bag. 
  • Melt colored candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Place cookie on a baking rack that has been set over a plate and spoon melted candy over the top of the cookie, spreading it to the edges and over. Use a fork to lift cookie, tap excess off and slide onto parchment paper.
  • Take bag of melted dark chocolate and clip a corner off. Pipe a swirl of chocolate onto the still- melted candy on the cookie and immediately pull line through this from the center out using a toothpick or skewer.
  • Set a spider “face” in the center of the cookie and allow everything to harden up.
  • Enjoy!

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Aren’t they cute?????

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My thoughts: These really are fun and delicious. It takes a little time and patience to cover the basic cookie in the candy melts- but I love how the color goes all the way over the edge! Since these harden up, they are perfect to make ahead and tie up in cello bags for fall parties. Enjoy!!!! ~r

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Other fun fall recipes to try: (click on a photo to be taken to a recipe)

Pumpkin Guts Dessert!Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!Caramel Apple Cupcakes with misfortune cookies


Spider Egg Cupcakes

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These delicious little chocolate cupcakes are topped with terrifyingly cute little spiders, webs and egg sacs. A perfect Halloween treat!

There is nothing worse than finding spiders hatching somewhere in or around your house. Spiders are bad. Baby hatching spiders? Way worse. That’s what makes these fun little cupcakes so terrifying! That little egg sac? A Lindt white chocolate truffle. The spiders? Drizzled chocolate and mini M&Ms. Easy, fun and so cute that you almost start liking spiders! Almost.

Spider Eggs2Aren’t they fun??? All by themselves, on cookies, on cupcakes… so many ways you could use these.

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)


  • One boxed cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • One tub of white frosting
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in white chocolate
  • One bag of mini M&M’s (usually found by the chocolate chips)
  • Orange food coloring
  • Purple food coloring
  • 24 Lindt white chocolate truffles


  • Make spiders and egg sacs 1st, to give them time to harden up.
  • Melt the Wiltons dark chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 3o second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Clip a corner off a small zip top bag, and place a small round decorating tip in the corner.
  • Spoon melted chocolate into bag, and pipe spider “legs” onto parchment paper, topping each set with a brown mini M&M. Pipe spider legs directly on each Lindt Chocolate and add the M&M on top. You’ll need 24 Lindt truffles and 24 extra spiders. I made about 40, and I was glad I did because some of their legs fell off as I pulled them off the parchment paper.
  • Allow these to harden completely (you can put this in the fridge to speed this process up if needed)

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  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake liners placed in muffin tins. Cool completely.
  • Divide the frosting into two parts. Soften it a little bit (10 seconds or so) in the microwave, and color it with purple and orange food coloring.
  • (Optional) Cut a small, (the size of the Lindt Truffle) and shallow hole into the top of each cupcake.  I did this so that the truffle would settle a little “into” the cupcake rather than just perching on top. It makes frosting these a little messy with crumbs, but I liked the way it looked a little better.
  • Dip the top of each cupcake into frosting, covering the top (and inside the little “dent” on top) completely.
  • Place a spider “egg sac” on top of each cupcake.
  • Melt Wiltons White Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth. 
  • Place in a zip-top bag, clip a corner and drizzle liberally over the top of each cupcake in a web-like pattern.
  • Before the Candy melts firm up, place a couple of spiders on top.
  • Allow frosting and candy melts to firm up.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are fun, easy and just a tiny bit creepy. A perfect October treat. The spiders take a little time and patience, but they can be made ahead of time and won’t hold you up when you go to make the cupcakes. I hope you have as much fun as I did with these! Enjoy!! ~r

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Other creepy and fun October treats you might enjoy: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Edible Jello Earthworm CupcakesRadioactive Cupcakes filled with SLIME!Broken glass Cupcakes!!!Halloween Bundt Cake

Mile High Key Lime Pie

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A Nilla Wafer crust filled with a creamy key lime pie and topped with piles and piles of sweet whipped key lime topping. If you love key lime pie, this is your new favorite recipe for it!!

I adore key lime pie. I love that tart and smooth pie filling. Whenever I get the opportunity, I try key lime pies, and I can honestly say that this is the best I’ve had…so far! This recipe is courtesy of my friends Chuck and Heather Lane. They pinched it from a newspaper article years ago that claimed it as the recipe of one of the fancier restaurants in Fort Wayne. We were out for dinner one night not long ago, and they started talking about this pie and I (of course!) asked for the recipe. They had made a few “tweaks” to it, and I honestly think it is perfect. My only disappointment with this recipe is the pictures I took of it. I wish I’d waited to cut it until it had chilled completely. It is BEAUTIFUL when it is cut chilled. Perfect layers of happiness.

Anyway. I digress. Here’s the recipe~ I hope you love it as much as I do! (printable version)


  • 6 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 2 cups of finely crushed Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 3/4 cups of sweetened condensed milk (divided)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup of key lime juice (divided)
  • 1 large (16 oz) tub of Cool Whip (softened in fridge)


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Mix together crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter until well combined. Press into a greased pie pan.
  • Beat egg yolks and add 1 3/4 cups of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of key lime juice.
  • Mix well and pour into crust.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Beat together Cool Whip, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, and 1/2 cup of key lime juice until smooth. It should have a nice shiny look.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Top cooled pie with whipped topping and chill for several hours before cutting and serving.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: With the exception of squeezing a million little key limes, this is such an easy recipe~ and oh so delicious! My only tip: don’t cut into it until it is cold! :) Enjoy! ~r

Other bits of key lime joy (click on photo to see recipe)

Key Lime Cupcakes!Key Lime TartletsKey Lime Cake!!!Key Lime Cookie Bars2

Peanut Butter Bomb Brownies

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What could be more yummy than a chocolate brownie covered in creamy peanut butter ganache and topped with a chocolate covered peanut butter mousse bomb?  If you are addicted to chocolate and peanut butter, this dessert is for you!

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Chocolate and peanut butter are a timeless combination, and these brownies combine those flavors in such a fun way!

The homemade brownies are dense, but not too rich. They compliment that sweet creamy peanut butter mousse perfectly and are such a pretty dessert!

You will need a silicone bomb mold for this, and a brush for coating it in chocolate. I found both of these at a local cake-decorating shop and they were really inexpensive.

Want to see how we did these? Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 18-24 brownie cups)


  • Two sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1 cup of peanut butter baking chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream


  • 1 to 2 cups of dark chocolate candy melts
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip topping



  • Make these first, so they are ready to use once you need them.
  • Melt chocolate candy melts in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Use a brush (clean, food brush) to brush the inside of each cavity of the bomb mold with melted chocolate.
  • Freeze for about 3 minutes and repeat, to give a nice thick layer of chocolate. Re-freeze for another 4-5 minutes.



  • Make filling by beating together peanut butter, cream cheese and sugar.
  • Gently fold in the container of whipped topping.
  • Place filling in a large zip-top bag and keep in the fridge until use.
  • Cut a corner off the bag, and squeeze filling into each chocolate coated bomb mold. Smooth tops with a spatula.

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  • Refreeze for about 15 minutes- until filling is hardened.
  • Gently peel mold away from bomb. Place each one on a plate covered in parchment paper and freeze until use.

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  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. 
  • Beat in eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating them and mixing well in between)
  • Spoon into 18-24 cupcake liners placed in a muffin tin (only fill 1/3 to 1/2 full)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • While brownies bake, heat peanut butter chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments. Stir and repeat until smooth and creamy.
  • When brownies are out of oven, carefully remove them from muffin tins and spoon warm ganache over warm brownies. Allow both to cool until ganache is firm but still a bit sticky.
  • Gently place a chocolate bomb on top of each brownie, and press gently into ganache.
  • Drizzle a bit of white chocolate on top if you desire.
  • Keep refrigerated. Leave at room temperature for a few minutes to warm before serving. Yum.

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My thoughts: Yum!!! These were a huge hit among my friends and family. They do take a little extra time to make that bomb on top– but the wow factor is worth it!  I will definitely be using these little silicone molds again- they are easy to use and I love that fun dome of chocolate! I hope you get a chance to try these!! Enjoy!!! ~r

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Other yummy peanut butter treats on Easybaked:

Peanut butter cup cheesecakePeanut Butter Cupcakes!!Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies!!!!Peanut butter Acorn Cookies!

The *BEST* Chocolate Cut-out Cookies Ever!!

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URHERE Cookies1They taste…like rich chocolate brownies. They cut…perfectly, no refrigeration needed. The recipe…is so simple to make! Absolutely perfect cookies!

Well. Here we are. It has been over a month since I have posted a recipe here, and I miss you all! It’s funny how blogging creates community, isn’t it? I’ve really missed hearing from you all, and reading many of your blogs!

So, what have I been doing? These cookies are more than just a recipe- they tell the story of summer in Eastern and Central Europe, and they tell the story of new chapter in my life.

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For those of you who have followed Easybaked for years, you know I spent most of my life working in the field of medicine. You also know that I spent most of last year in Arizona, working with a small church on the Navajo Nation~ a journey and experience I absolutely LOVED. Saying goodbye- square

When my time drew to a close with the Navajo, I wondered if I’d return to medicine, but God had other plans, and I was invited to join a mission organization called Josiah Venture as their Intern Coordinator. Josiah Venture’s vision is to be a movement of God among the young people of Eastern and Central Europe, that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. We have missionaries in 14 countries, and this summer there were over 100 college age interns sent to help local churches host camps and outreach events in their cities. My job is to recruit, resource and prepare these interns to go each year.

I’ve spent the 1st part of this year training for this position and raising the financial support I need to be able to do this job full-time. I was able to be in the Czech Republic at the end of May to welcome this year’s interns. It was incredible to see so many young people giving up their summer to serve God overseas. I loved it!


Each year, Josiah Venture has a theme for the summer camps hosted by local churches. This year it was “You are Here”. The logo was a Metro map. They used #urhere on Instagram and Twitter to connect people, and if you visit these hashtags you will see incredible testimonies of God’s faithfulness this summer!

I was invited to a cookout this summer with some missionaries visiting the US from Slovakia.  I was asked to bring dessert- because when you have a baking blog, everyone asks you to bring dessert! ;) I made these cookies for them, and they were SO much fun. I keep saying that I hate royal icing, but there are some times when it is your only option.

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So… this is what I’ve been doing. It has been a struggle to keep baking and sharing with you all because it has been such a busy summer with so much travel. I keep telling myself that Easybaked is a HOBBY, and I am allowed to take a break for awhile. But I will be back- I promise! My head is swimming with new ideas :)

Before I share this recipe, I want to ask a favor. If you are reading this post, and you are a follower of Christ that wants to see the incredible news of God’s love shared around the world, would you consider becoming a part of my support team? I am slated to begin this position on September 1st and I am not fully funded yet- but I’m SO close! I am looking for people who are able to give toward this ministry on a monthly basis, and to pray.

If you are interested in learning more, here are a few links:

More about Josiah Venture here.

More about how to become a part of this ministry (and how to contact me with questions) here.

More about summer internships for college students interested in missions here.

More about me (my personal/ ministry blog) here.

Thank you dear followers, fellow bloggers, and friends. I have been asking God fervently to provide what I need before September 1, and who knows? Maybe he will answer my prayers through you!!!

Now, that cookie recipe!

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

It is the best cut-out cookie recipe ever. Plus it’s chocolate, which is bonus in my book!

I’ve shared this recipe many, many times on this blog. I’ve added espresso to the recipe for the delicious cookies posted above, I’ve made them into cookie cups to be filled with all sort of sweet happiness, and I’ve even made them into cookie lollipops. I don’t even feel bad re-sharing this recipe with you because it is one I keep returning to as a staple for so many ideas.

Triple Chocolate Truffle CupsChocolate Football Cookies!Cut out cookie pops

I simply cut this particular batch into squares, and decorated them using royal icing (click here for icing recipe) with the actual camp logo as a guide!

Here’s the cookie recipe (printer friendly recipe -by the way, this says to chill the dough, but you definitely don’t need to. Experimentation has proved otherwise! :))

INGREDIENTS: (makes 30-32 medium square cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  I like them fairly thick.
  • Cut into squares and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface. 
  • Frost as desired.  A simple powdered sugar glaze would be delicious on these, or if you want to get fancy, use royal icing to create whatever your heart desires!

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I hope you enjoy these delicious little cookies! Thank you for letting me share with you a little beyond the recipe today! *hugs* ~r

Here’s a few more of my non-baking stories from the past 2 years!


Key Lime Cookie Bars

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These delicious cookie bars have white chocolate and coconut on the bottom and key lime pie filling with whipped cream on top.  Such a refreshing treat for summer!

I love key lime pie. I love cookies. These smash those two worlds together into a sweet and tart summer dessert! Love it!

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Here’s how we made it: (printable recipe)


Cookie base:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/3c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Key lime topping:

  • 1 cup of lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • One tub of cool whip, or 2 cups of whipping cream, whipped.


  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs well.
  • Add chips, coconut and graham crumbs, and mix together with clean hands until well- combined.
  • Press mixture into a greased cake pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350F degrees.
  • While this is baking, make key lime topping.
  • Mix together lime juice, condensed milk and one egg until well combined.
  • Pour over partially baked cookies and return to oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely and top with whipped topping, sprinkle with  graham crumbs, if desired.
  • Chill until serving, but allow dessert to return to room temperature before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Key Lime Cookie Bars4My thoughts: Sweet and fruity and white chocolatey….what is not to like here??? I love the sweet and tart balance of these little desserts and they just LOOK like summer! Enjoy! ~r
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Other refreshing summer treats: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Gelato!!!Kool Aid PieRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!




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